Southern announces 2013 Football Schedule
The Southern Jaguar football team released their 2013 schedule and aside from some challenging non-conference games at the start of their year, the most noticable difference is the number of games at home in Mumford Stadium.
After playing only four home games in 2012, the Jaguars add another game for a total of five games at Mumford in 2013.
"Several intriguing matchups, including an opener against Houston in the largest Southern University alumni pocket outside of Louisiana, a restoration of the intersectional rivalry against Northwestern State, and hosting defending SWAC Eastern Division champion Jackson State are highlights for next season," said Southern athletics director Dr. William Broussard.
The Jaguars contest against the Houston Cougars will be the second consecutive season opener against a FBS member and the second meeting between the two schools. Houston defeated the Jaguars 55-3 in the first-ever meeting in 2008.
Two dates, Aug. 29 and Aug. 31, are being targeted for game dates due to Robertson Stadium's closure to make way for a new state-of-the-art on-campus stadium scheduled to be completed on Aug. 30, 2014.
Southern will also renew a familiar rivalry with in-state rival Northwestern State Sept. 7 in Natchitoches. The Southern-Northwestern State series began in 1993 and served as the coaching debut and first Southern win for Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame coach Pete Richardson in the Louisiana Superdome. The series is tied at 5-5.
"With the proximity of the first two out of conference schedule games being within a tank of gas, we are thrilled that our administration was able to successfully accomplish scheduling games that the Jaguar Nation can travel to and support us with much excitement and anticipation for SWAC play," said Odums.
2013 Southern U. Football Schedule:
29 or 31 @ Houston
7 @ Northwestern St.
14vs. Prairie View A&M
21@ Miss Valley St.
28 vs. Jackson St.
12 vs. Alabama A&M
19 @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff
26 vs. Alcorn St. (Homecoming)
2 @ Texas Southern
9 @ Alabama State
16 vs. Clark Atlanta
30 vs. Grambling St. (Bayou Classic)