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Florida A&M will take on the Sooners

Florida A&M will visit the University of Oklahoma and play four home games as part of its 2012 football schedule announced Wednesday.

The Rattlers will open their season on Sept. 1 against Tennessee State in the "Big" John Merritt Classic at LP Field in Nashville.

FAMU will then go to Norman, Okla., to take on the nationally ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 8.

The Rattlers will host Hampton in their home opener on Sept. 15, which also is their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference match-up. Their other games at Bragg Memorial Field also are within conference play against Savannah State (Oct. 13, Homecoming), South Carolina State (Oct. 20) and North Carolina Central (Nov. 10).

Coach Joe Taylor's squad will visit MEAC rivals Delaware (Sept. 22), Howard (Oct. 6) and North Carolina A&T (Nov. 3) and take on Bethune-Cookman in the Florida Classic Nov. 17 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

The Rattlers also will play a non-conference game against Southern inside the Georgia Dome on Sept. 29 at the Atlantic Football Classic.

2012 Florida A&M Football Schedule

Sept. 1, at Tennessee State

Sept. 8, at Oklahoma

Sept. 15, Hampton*

Sept. 22, at Delaware State*

Sept. 29, at Southern, Atlantic Football Classic, Atlanta

Oct. 6, at Howard*

Oct. 13, Savannah State* (Homecoming)

Oct. 20, South Carolina State*

Nov. 3, at North Carolina A&T*

Nov. 10, North Carolina Central*

Nov. 17, Bethune-Cookman*, at Florida Classic, Orlando, Fla.

* - MEAC game