NASHVILLE — Tennessee State University released its 2017 football schedule on Wednesday. The Tigers’ slate is highlighted with a game at FBS Georgia State and matchups with two longtime HBCU rivals.

TSU will travel to Atlanta to face Sun Belt member Georgia State to open the season. The game is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 31. The Tigers will then travel to Memphis for its annual game with Jackson State in the Southern Heritage Classic on Sept. 9.


The following week (Sept. 16) will pit the Big Blue against Florida A&M at a location to be announced at a later date. 

“We feel this contest is a terrific financial and recruiting opportunity for both our universities,” said Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips. “We have a great rivalry with Florida A&M and are excited about the prospect of continuing this series.”

TSU is also in negotiations with an opponent for the John Merritt Classic. The game will take place on either Oct. 21 or Nov. 4. Full details will be announced at a later date.

Tennessee State will begin Ohio Valley Conference play with a trip on Sept. 23 to take on UT Martin. The conference schedule will bring Eastern Illinois, Austin Peay and Southeast Missouri to Nashville, while the Tigers will take to the road for games at Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee Tech and a Thursday night battle on Nov. 16 at Jacksonville State.

Austin Peay will provide opposition to the Tigers in this year’s homecoming contest. The game is scheduled for Oct. 14 at Nissan Stadium.

TSU is coming off a 7-4 finish and a 4-3 record in the OVC. The Tigers closed out the season with a 32-31 victory at Southeast Missouri.

Tennessee State University 2017 Football Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time/Result
8/31/17 Georgia State Atlanta, GA (Georgia Dome) TBA
9/9/17 Jackson State Memphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) TBA Southern Heritage Classic
9/16/17 Florida A&M TBA TBA
9/23/17 UT Martin Martin, TN TBA
9/30/17 Eastern Illinois Nashville, TN TBA
10/7/17 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, KY TBA
10/14/17 Austin Peay Nashville, TN TBA Homecoming
10/21/17 TBA Nashville, TN TBA John Merritt Classic
10/28/17 Tennessee Tech Cookeville, TN TBA
11/4/17 TBA Nashville, TN TBA John Merritt Classic
11/11/17 Southeast Missouri Nashville, TN TBA
11/16/17 Jacksonville State Jacksonville, AL TBA

Courtesy: TSU Athletics

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