The Tennessee State football team will play time meeting with Florida A&M.

TSU will open the season against Florida A&M at LP Field in the 14th annual John Merritt Classic on Saturday, Sept. 1.

The Tigers, coming off a 5-6 season and fifth-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference - up four spots from 2010 - also will host Austin Peay (Sept. 15), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Sept. 29) on Homecoming, Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 6) and Tennessee Tech (Oct. 27).

The Tigers will stay in-state on Sept. 8 to take on Jackson State in the 23rd annual Southern Heritage Classic at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.

TSU also will have road trips to Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 22) in a first-ever match-up, Southeast Missouri State (Oct. 13), Jacksonville State (Oct. 20), Murray State (Nov. 3) and UT Martin (Nov. 17).

2012 Tennessee State Football Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 1, Florida A&M, Nashville, Tenn.

Saturday, Sept. 8, Jackson State, Memphis, Tenn.

Saturday, Sept. 15, Austin Peay*, Nashville, Tenn.

Saturday, Sept. 22, at Bethune-Cookman, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Saturday, Sept. 29, Arkansas-Pine Bluff* (Homecoming), Nashville, Tenn.

Saturday, Oct. 6, Eastern Kentucky*, Nashville, Tenn.

Saturday, Oct. 13, at Southeast Missouri State*, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Saturday, Oct. 20, at Jacksonville State*, Jacksonville, Ala.

Saturday, Oct. 27, Tennessee Tech*, Nashville, Tenn.

Saturday, Nov. 3, at Murray State*, Murray, Ky.

Saturday, Nov. 17, at UT Martin*, Martin, Tenn.

* - Ohio Valley Conference game