Prairie View to play in four 'classics'

Prairie View A&M football will play in four "classic" games as part of its 2012 Southwestern Athletic Conference schedule and visit reigning FCS champion North Dakota State.

The classics are against Texas Southern in the State Farm Labor Day Classic XXVIII Sept. 1 at Reliant Stadium in Houston; Alabama A&M in the Lewis Crews Classic Sept. 15 in Huntsville, Ala.; Grambling State in the State Fair Classic Oct. 6 in Dallas; and Southern in the Shreveport Classic Oct. 27 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La.

Prairie View will play nine SWAC games as well as visit two non-conference opponents, Lamar from the Southland on Sept. 8 and North Dakota State from the Missouri Valley Football Conference on Sept. 22.

The Panthers' on-campus games will be against Alcorn State (Oct. 20) on Homecoming and Alabama State (Nov. 3).

The Panthers finished 5-6 in head coach Heishma Northern's first season last year.

2012 Prairie View A&M Football Schedule

All Times ET

Sept. 1, Texas Southern*, Reliant Stadium in Houston, 8 p.m.

Sept. 8, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, TBA

Sept. 15, at Alabama A&M*, Huntsville, Ala., 7 p.m.

Sept. 22, at North Dakota State, Fargo, N.D., TBA

Sept. 29, at Jackson State*, Jackson, Miss., TBA

Oct. 6, Grambling State*, Cotton Bowl in Dallas, 7 p.m.

Oct. 20, Alcorn State* (Homecoming), Prairie View, Texas, 3 p.m.

Oct. 27, Southern*, Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., 5 p.m.

Nov. 3, Alabama State*, Prairie View, Texas, 2 p.m.

Nov. 10, at Mississippi Valley State*, Itta Bena, Miss., 2 p.m.

Nov. 17, at Arkansas-Pine Bluff*, TBA

* - SWAC game