BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced its fall schedule of SWAC Digital Network programming, with 12 events to be broadcast through the league’s flagship content provider.
The announcement was made Wednesday by Commissioner Duer Sharp. The slate kicks off on the gridiron, where SDN will carry the Saturday, Sept. 23 tilt between Southern and Alcorn State, two perennial contenders for the SWAC Football Championship. From there, the focus moves to the pitch to showcase a match of top soccer programs between the 2015 SWAC Champions Howard and Mississippi Valley State from Vestavia Hills, Ala. at Sicard Hollow Field on Friday, Sept. 29.
The first volleyball game of SDN will feature the SWAC championship runners’ up Texas Southern as it travels to take on Grambling State on Oct. 2 in a return to Big Monday.
Soccer will take center stage for back-to-back weeks when Arkansas-Pine Bluff takes on Texas Southern on Sunday, Oct. 8 followed by a SWAC Championship rematch between defending champion Alabama State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday, Oct. 15. Another SWAC championship rematch will take center stage the following week when defending SWAC East Division Champions Alcorn State takes on the defending SWAC Champions and Celebration Bowl winners Grambling State on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Big Monday continues with Southern taking on Prairie View A&M on Oct. 30 for a match on the volleyball courts. The first championship broadcast on SDN follows on Nov. 5 with the SWAC Soccer Championship game from the campus of Prairie View A&M, and from there, a marquee football matchup awaits on the gridiron when Grambling State goes up against the Alabama State Hornets on Saturday, Nov. 11.
A potential football playoff push could be up for grabs as Alcorn State and Jackson State meet in a late season Eastern Division tussle on Saturday, Nov. 18 and the fall ledger comes to a close on Dec. 1 with the SWAC Football Championship Media Day event at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas previewing the Final Judgment.
SWAC Digital Network Fall 2017 Schedule of Events (TENTATIVE):
FOOTBALL: Sat., Sept. 23 – Southern at Alcorn State; 6 p.m.
SOCCER: Fri., Sept. 29 – Howard at Mississippi Valley State (Vestavia Hills, Ala.); 7 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Mon., Oct. 2 –Texas Southern at Grambling State, 6 p.m.
SOCCER: Sun., Oct. 8 – Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas Southern, 1 p.m.
SOCCER: Sun., Oct. 15 – Alabama State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 1 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Sat., Oct. 21 – Alcorn State at Grambling State; 2 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Mon., Oct. 30 – Southern at Prairie View A&M, 6:30 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL: Thurs., Nov. 2 – Alabama A&M at Alabama State, 7 p.m.
SOCCER: Sun., Nov. 5 – SWAC Soccer Championship at Prairie View, Tex.; TBA
FOOTBALL: Sat., Nov. 11 – Grambling State at Alabama State, 1 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Sat., Nov. 18 – Alcorn State at Jackson State, 2 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Fri., Dec. 1 – SWAC Football Championship Media Day, TBA
Schedule subject to change.