Jackson State freshman football coach TC Taylor will begin his coaching career on the road. Kickoff times and television information for the Tigers’ first four games of the season have been announced.
Jackson State will kick off its 2023 season against South Carolina State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff on Aug. 26 in Atlanta (6:30 p.m., ABC).
The Bulldogs went 3-8 last season, the highlight being a 26-24 win over reigning national champion Black College North Carolina Central.
The last time Jackson State played South Carolina State was in the Cricket Celebration Bowl for the de facto black national championship, losing 31-10 on December 18, 2021.
On September 3, JSU will play Florida A&M in the Denny’s Orange Blossom Classic in Miami Gardens, Florida (2 pm, ESPN).
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Florida A&M finished 2022 with a 9-2 record after opening with losses to North Carolina (56-24) and Jackson State (59-3). The Rattlers have finished second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference East Division to Jackson State in the past two seasons.
On September 9, JSU will travel to AW Mumford Stadium and take on Southern (6 pm, ESPN+). This will be a rematch of the 2022 SWAC championship game, which JSU won 43-24.
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On September 16, the Tigers will take on Texas State on the road (6 pm ESPN+). The Bobcats finished last season with a 4-8 record.
JSU opens its season at home against Bethune-Cookman in the WC Gorden Classic at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium on September 23.
After visiting Alabama A&M at the Gulf Coast Challenge in Mobile, Alabama on October 7, the Tigers return to Jackson for the October 14 homecoming against Alabama State in what could be a rivalry game. This is the game where former Jackson State coach Deion Sanders went to hug Hornets coach Eddie Robinson Jr. only to be pushed away. That’s what started the “If I’m not SWAC, who is?” sing.
JSU will hit the road and take on Mississippi Valley State on October 21. The Tigers will travel to Arkansas-Pine Bluff on October 28. The last time these two teams played was in 2019, when Jackson State defeated the Golden Lions 21-12.
On November 4, the Tigers host Texas Southern at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. To close out the season, JSU will play its annual Soul Bowl rivalry game against Alcorn State on November 18.
The Cricket SWAC Championship will be played on December 2. The Cricket Celebration Bowl will be played on December 16.