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Grambling State sets schedule for title defense

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Grambling State football will try to defend its 2011 Southwestern Athletic Conference title during an 11-game schedule which includes a non-conference visit to TCU.

The Tigers won the 2011 SWAC title and finished 8-4 in Doug Williams' first season back as their head coach.

Grambling State will kick off its season, and SWAC schedule, on Sept. 1 against Alcorn State in the Port City Classic in Shreveport, La.

The Tigers will then go to Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 8 to take on TCU in a first-ever meeting.

The Tigers will play four home games, starting with a SWAC matchup against Alabama State on Sept. 1. They also will host Virginia-Lynchburg's second-year program in a non-conference matchup on Homecoming Day Oct. 20, as well as SWAC opponents Jackson State (Nov. 3) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 10).

Other SWAC games on the road are against Alabama A&M (Sept. 29), which Grambling State beat in the conference championship game in December; Prairie View A&M (Oct. 6) in the State Fair Classic in Dallas; Mississippi Valley State (Oct. 13); Texas Southern (Oct. 27); and Southern (Nov. 24) in the Bayou Classic in New Orleans.

2012 Grambling State Football Schedule

All Times ET

Sept. 1 - at Alcorn State*, Shreveport, La., 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 - at TCU, Fort Worth, Texas, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 - vs. Alabama State*, Grambling, La., TBA

Sept. 29 - at Alabama A&M*, Huntsville, Ala., 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 - at Prairie View A&M*, Dallas, 7 p.m.

Oct. 13 - at Mississippi Valley State*, Itta Bena, Miss., 3 p.m.

Oct. 20 - vs. Virginia-Lynchburg (Homecoming), Grambling, La., 7 p.m.

Oct. 27 - at Texas Southern*, Houston, 7 p.m.

Nov. 3 - vs. Jackson State*, Grambling, La., 3 p.m.

Nov. 10 - vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff*, Grambling, La., 3 p.m.

Nov. 24 - at Southern*, New Orleans, 2 p.m.

* - SWAC game

03/14 10:28:21 ET