BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern University's 2012 football schedule features a season-opening date at Football Bowl Subdivision member New Mexico on Sept. 1 and seven games away from A.W. Mumford Stadium, the Athletics Department announced Saturday.
For the first time since playing at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2009, the Jaguars open the season against a FBS opponent in the first-ever meeting against New Mexico at University Stadium in Alberquerque, N.M.
One week later, Southern host Mississippi Valley State in its home and SWAC opener on Sept. 15 before reaching the season's first off week.
The Jaguars wrap up the month of September on the road against two rivals on Sept. 22 at Jackson State, followed by a return trip to Atlanta to take on Florida A&M on Sept. 29 in the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic in the Georgia Dome.
Southern travel to Lorman, Miss. to take on Alcorn State on Oct. 6, before hosting Texas Southern for homecoming on Oct. 13 and Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Oct. 20.
Southern embarks upon a two-game road swing when the Jaguars return to Shreveport, La. to meet Prairie View in Independence Stadium, where the two teams met in 2010, on Oct. 27. The following week, Southern visits Alabama A&M for a rare late-season matchup in Louis Crews Stadium.
Southern closes the 2012 campaign looking to snap a four-game losing streak to arch-rival Grambling State in the State Farm Bayou Classic on Nov. 24.
The Jaguars, who will make six television appearances, including three live broadcasts, are slated to make a Thursday night appearance on ESPNU as apart of the sport broadcasting company's agreement with the SWAC.
ESPN will select the Thursday night game that will broadcast from a list of proposed games submitted by Southern, which includes the Jaguars Sept. 15 game against Miss. Valley St.
Southern other two live broadcast will appear courtesy of NBC (Grambling, Nov. 24) and NBC Sports (Florida A&M, Sept. 29) - previously refered to as Versus.
Season book applications are available at the SU Ticket Office.
1 at New Mexico (Alberquerque, N.M. | University Stadium)
15 Miss. Valley State
22 at Jackson State (Jackson, Miss. | Veterans Memorial)
29 vs. Florida A&M (Atlanta Football Classic | Atlanta, Ga. | Georgia Dome)
6 at Alcorn State (Lorman, Miss. | Jack Spinks Stadium)
13 Texas Southern (Homecoming 2012)
20 Arkansas-Pine Bluff
27 at Prairie View A&M (Shreveport, La. | Independence Stadium)
Nov. 3 at Alabama A&M (Huntsville, Ala. | Louis Crews Stadium)
Nov. 10 Alabama State (Senior Night)
Nov. 24 vs. Grambling State (State Farm Bayou Classic | New Orleans, La. | Mercedes-Benz Superdome)