The SWAC Football season is set to kick off on Labor Day weekend with a full slate of games. As teams make final preparations to open the season, here is the schedule of events and contests this weekend.

Monday, August 27
SWAC Coaches Teleconference

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Saturday, September 1
New Mexico vs. Southern in Albuquerque, NM (4:00)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Langston in Little Rock, AR (5:00)
Mississippi Valley State vs. Concordia (Ala), Itta Bena, MS (5:00)
Jackson State at Mississippi State, Starkville, MS (6:00)
Grambling State vs. Alcorn State in Shreveport, LA, (6:00)
Tuskegee vs. Alabama A&M in Birmingham, AL (6:00)
Prairie View vs. Texas Southern in Houston, TX (7:00)

Sunday, September 2

Bethune-Cookman vs. Alabama State in Orlando, FL (11:00)

Last season’s Eastern Division Champions will look to make their way to the SWAC Championship game for the second consecutive year.  Alabama A&M fell just one point shy in last season’s conference title game.  The Bulldogs are hoping to continue their trend of playing stout defense as they finished third in the conference in total defense last season.  AAMU will have to replace Corey Hart, the team’s sack leader from a year ago.  They do however return defensive back Vernon Marshall who was named 2012 Pre-Season First Team All-SWAC. Marshall finished last season with 75 tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, three sacks and an interception.  Senior First Team All conference QB Deauntae Mason along with senior running back Kaderius Lacey will bring back a wealth of experience in the backfield.  Alabama A&M will take on Tuskegee Saturday September 1st with a 6pm Kickoff from Birmingham’s Legion Field. read more…