MONTGOMERY, Ala. | The Alabama State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced its 2018 football schedule that features four home games and the Magic City Classic.
“The overall schedule is a challenging schedule,” Alabama State head coach Donald Hill-Eley said. “The first four games are champions of their conference. Our work is cut out for us to start the season, it is a champions test for the first month. We have to be healthy after that test to get ready for conference play.”
Alabama State opens the season at home against the defending SIAC champion Tuskegee in the Marion Nine Labor Day Classic September 1, the second consecutive season that the Hornets will open with one of their long-time rivals. Each fan that attends the game will be encouraged to white as the game will be a “White Out” to open the 2018 season at ASU Stadium.
Following the contest against Tuskegee, Alabama State will hit the road for six consecutive games, beginning with SEC West Division champion Auburn coming off a berth in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. The Hornets stay on the road to face Kennesaw State (Big South champion) September 15, and then Grambling State (SWAC champion) September 22.
Following the first four games, the Hornets will have a bye week the week of September 29 before starting conference play.
“It is big to have a bye week,” Eley said. “The only bad thing about the way the schedule is set up with the bye week, we open up in our stadium and then we don’t back until November. We have some games in close proximity to Montgomery, it’s not like playing at home. We have to find a way to build our fan base, and put our best foot forward on the road.”
The Hornets open conference play against Alcorn State on the road October 6, before stepping out of conference play October 13 against FBS member South Alabama – a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
“Everybody is getting better in the conference,” Eley said. “There are changes all over the league, so whatever history you have had with those teams will change. Alabama A&M has a new staff, Jackson State has a new offensive coordinator makes them more competitive, Mississippi Valley will have new tendancies and Alcorn had changes on both sides of the ball. It is wide open, and we have to approach it as they. We have to play every week.”
Following the contest against South Alabama, the Hornets will have their second bye week before they head to Birmingham for the Magic City Classic against Alabama A&M on October 27. Alabama State will be the visitors in this year’s contest.
Alabama State returns home November 3 against Texas Southern, the first of back-to-back home contests, as they play Jackson State at home November 10. The Hornets will celebrate Faith in Family Day/Connection Day against Texas Southern, before Military Appreciation Day – Salute to Service against Jackson State.
Following a trip to Prairie View A&M on November 17, the Hornets have a short week to prepare for Mississippi Valley State for the Turkey Day Classic.
“We go to Prairie View for their homecoming and then have a short week to come back and get ready for the Turkey Day Classic,” Eley said. “It should be better attended as a more viable opponent since it is a conference game late in the season. We will be prepared and find a way to win.”
2018 Alabama State Football Schedule
|9/1/2018||Tuskegee||Montgomery, AL||5:00 pm|
|9/15/2018||Kennesaw St.||Kennesaw, GA||TBA|
|9/22/2018||*||Grambling State||Grambling, LA||6:00 pm|
|10/6/2018||*||Alcorn State||Lorman, MS||TBA|
|10/13/2018||South Alabama||Mobile, AL||TBA|
|10/27/2018||*||Alabama A&M||Birmingham, AL||TBA|
|11/3/2018||*||Texas Southern||Montgomery, AL||2:00 pm|
|11/10/2018||*||Jackson State||Montgomery, AL||2:00 pm|
|11/17/2018||*||Prairie View A&M||Prairie View, TX||TBA|
|11/22/2018||*||Mississippi Valley State||Montgomery, AL||2:00 pm|