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Viking football turns it up

Freshman running back Rey Vega wrote, sang and produced “Turn Up (The PSU Song)” in this video.

Portland State’s young, hungry football team is ready to improve its record this season by finding more balance, consistency and productivity.

Over the past three seasons under Head Coach Nigel Burton, the Vikings have been down (2-9 in 2010), up (7-4 in 2011) and down again (3-8 in 2012). What has been evident throughout has been the potential of the program — some realized, some not.

Portland State’s returning offense is worth talking about, averaging 34.8 points and 438.7 yards per game and allowing only seven sacks all last season. The Vikings hope to pick it up on defense this year with the help of seven new Division I Football Bowl Subdivision transfers.

The team also takes pride in being the most locally based program of the state's three Division I schools. PSU has 39 Oregonians on its roster, with three other players from the Vancouver, Wash. area. That base plays into the #WeRepPortland theme for the 2013 season.

The Vikings also play six home games this year, starting with the earliest contest in school history—a Thursday, Aug. 29 game with Eastern Oregon at 7 p.m. at JELD-WEN Field.

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2013 Viking Football Schedule

Aug. 29 Eastern Oregon, HOMEThirsty Thursday
Sept. 7 California, AWAY
Sept. 14 Humboldt State, HOMEBrunch and Football
Sept. 21 UC Davis, AWAY
Sept. 26 Cal Poly, HOMEThirsty Thursday
Oct.5 Montana, AWAY
Oct. 12 Southern Utah, AWAY
Oct. 26 N. Dakota, HOME
Nov. 2 Weber State, HOMEMilitary Appreciation Day
Nov. 9 Idaho State, AWAY
Nov. 16 Sacramento State, HOMEThrowback day/Senior Day
Nov. 23 Eastern Washington, AWAY