Southern hopes FBS pair sets up SWAC title run

(STATS) - Southern University will lead into its Southwestern Athletic Conference schedule by facing two FBS opponents.

The Jaguars' 11-game schedule, announced Tuesday, will begin with a Sept. 3 visit to ULM and a Sept. 10 trip to Tulane.

They will then play their SWAC and home opener against Alabama State on Sept. 17. In addition, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Oct. 22, homecoming), Texas Southern (Nov. 5) and Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 19) will pay visits to A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Coach Dawson Odums' squad will have road conference games at Alabama A&M (Sept. 24), Jackson State (Oct. 15), Alcorn State (Oct. 29) and Prairie View A&M (Nov. 12).

The regular season wraps up Nov. 26 against Grambling State in the 43rd Bayou Classic at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Southern, the 2013 SWAC champion and 2014 finalist, finished 6-5 last season, including 6-3 in the SWAC.

2016 Southern University Schedule

Sept. 3, at ULM

Sept. 10, at Tulane

Sept. 17, Alabama State*

Sept. 24, at Alabama A&M*

Oct. 15, at Jackson State*

Oct. 22, Arkansas-Pine Bluff* (homecoming)

Oct. 29, at Alcorn State*

Nov. 5, Texas Southern*

Nov. 12, at Prairie View A&M*

Nov. 19, Mississippi Valley State*

Nov. 26, vs. Grambling State* (Bayou Classic at New Orleans)

* - SWAC game