The Tennessee State University Tigers have finalized their 2011 Football schedule with the addition of an FBS opponent, the Air Force Academy, on Saturday September 24, 2011. The Air Force Academy is a member of the Mountain West Conference and finished the 2010 season with a record of 9-4 overall and capped their season as winners of the Independence Bowl with a 14-7 victory over Georgia Tech.
The 2011 Tigers will play an eleven-game schedule with four home contests. TSU’s season opens on September 3rd when they host Southern University in the John Merritt Classic. The following week (9/10) TSU will play in Memphis, Tennessee at the Southern Heritage Classic against rival Jackson State University. The remaining dates in September will see the Tigers on the road at Murray State (9/17) and the Air Force Academy (9/24).
The October portion of the schedule sees the Tigers travel to rival Austin Peay State (10/1) then at home against Southeast Missouri State (10/08). TSU plays two more road games at Tennessee Tech (10/15) and Eastern Kentucky (10/22) before an open date on October 29th.
TSU opens November on the road at Eastern Illinois (11/5) before closing out the season with home contests against Tennessee-Martin (11/12) for Homecoming and Jacksonville State (11/19) for Senior Day.
The game at Air Force will mark the first FBS opponent for the Tigers since 2006 when they lost 38-9 to Vanderbilt in Nashville. Prior to the Vanderbilt game TSU had not played an FBS (I-A) opponent since 1984 when they beat Louisville 24-15. The Tigers are 2-1 against FBS opponents since 1981. The game and date will replace the Atlanta Football Classic against rival Florida A&M.
Date Opponent Site Time
Sep 3 Southern Nashville, TN 6:00p
John Merritt Classic
Sep 10 Jackson State Memphis, TN 6:00p
Southern Heritage Classic
Sep 17 Murray State * Murray, KY 6:00p
Sep 24 Air Force Colorado Springs, CO TBA
Oct 1 Austin Peay State* Clarksville, TN 6:00p
Oct 8 SE Missouri State* Nashville, TN 6:00p
Oct 15 Tennessee Tech * Cookeville, TN 1:30p
Oct 22 Eastern Kentucky * Richmond, KY 2:00p
Oct 29 O P E N
Nov 5 Eastern Illinois * Charleston, Il 1:30p
Nov 12 Tennessee Martin * Nashville, TN 5:30p
Nov 19 Jacksonville State * Nashville, TN 6:00p
* = Ohio Valley Conference Game
Home games in Bold
– Times listed are Central - Times and Dates Subject to Change