First-ever games at Arizona and Texas A&M are part of a rugged opening month of the 2012 South Carolina State football schedule announced Wednesday.
Coach Buddy Pough's team will play only four home games while it tries to build off last year's 7-4 campaign.
They will then host Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Bethune-Cookman in their home opener Sept. 8.
Next up are the two FBS opponents, a Sept. 15 trip to Tucson to meet Arizona and then a visit to College Station on Sept. 22 for an encounter with Texas A&M.
South Carolina State will finish off the difficult start to the season by hosting 2011 MEAC champ Norfolk State on Sept. 29.
The Bulldogs' other home games are against Howard on Homecoming Day Oct. 27 and Savannah State on Nov. 17.
Their road conference games are against North Carolina Central (Oct. 6), Delaware State (Oct. 13), Florida A&M (Oct. 20) and North Carolina A&T (Nov. 10).
2012 South Carolina State Football Schedule
Aug. 30, at Georgia State, Atlanta
Sept. 8, Bethune-Cookman*, Orangeburg, S.C.
Sept. 15, at Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
Sept. 22, at Texas A&M, College Station, Texas
Sept. 29, Norfolk State*, Orangeburg, S.C.
Oct. 6, at North Carolina Central*, Durham, N.C.
Oct. 13, at Delaware State*, Dover, Del.
Oct. 20, at Florida A&M*, Tallahassee, Fla.
Oct. 27, Howard* (Homecoming), Orangeburg, S.C.
Nov. 10, at North Carolina A&T*, Greensboro, N.C.
Nov. 17, Savannah State*, Orangeburg, S.C.
* - MEAC game