Greenville, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Furman's football program will visit Virginia Tech and face four 2014 FCS conference champions in the first six games of a difficult 11-game schedule announced on Tuesday.

The Paladins will hit the road to Blacksburg, Virginia, to face Virginia Tech on Sept. 12.

Among FCS opponents, the Paladins will host Big South co-champion Coastal Carolina in their season opener on Sept. 5, visit Ohio Valley Conference champion Jacksonville State on Sept. 19, host Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference co-champion South Carolina State on Oct. 3 and visit Southern Conference champion Chattanooga on Oct. 10.

Furman finished 3-9 overall and 2-5 in the Southern Conference under coach Bruce Fowler this past season.

2015 FURMAN FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Sept. 5, Coastal Carolina

Sept. 12, at Virginia Tech

Sept. 19, at Jacksonville State

Sept. 26, VMI*

Oct. 3, South Carolina State

Oct. 10, at Chattanooga*

Oct. 24, The Citadel* (Homecoming)

Oct. 31, at Samford*

Nov. 7, at Western Carolina*

Nov. 14, Mercer*

Nov. 21, at Wofford*

* - Southern Conference game