Jackson State releases coach Deion Sanders' first fall football schedule

Tyler Horka
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Mark your calendars for the first Sunday in September. 

Deion Sanders' inaugural fall football schedule as the head coach at Jackson State is set to start Sept. 5 against Florida A&M at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Sanders will take the Tigers on the road in what will be FAMU's first game as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. 

Sanders and the Tigers play their second and final neutral site game of the season in Memphis against Tennessee State on Sept. 11 in the 32nd Southern Heritage Classic.

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Sanders' first fall home opener comes against in-state opponent Delta State on Sept. 25, and the Tigers' first home conference game of the season is scheduled for Oct. 16 against Alabama State. 

Here's a look at Jackson State's full fall 2021 schedule. 

Jackson State fall football schedule 

  • Sept. 5: Florida A&M (Miami)
  • Sept. 11: Tennessee State (Memphis)
  • Sept. 18: @ Louisiana Monroe 
  • Sept. 25: Delta State 
  • Oct. 2: Bye 
  • Oct. 9: @ Alabama A&M 
  • Oct. 16: Alabama State 
  • Oct. 23: Bethune-Cookman 
  • Oct. 30: @ Mississippi Valley State 
  • Nov. 6: Texas Southern 
  • Nov. 13: @ Southern 
  • Nov. 20: Alcorn State 

"We are very excited to announce our fall 2021 football schedule," Sanders said in a release. "Our young men are able to play in fantastic venues and will receive a great experience. I would like to thank our Vice President and Director of Athletics, Ashley Robinson, for setting the table for an entertaining and exciting slate." 

The SWAC conference championship game is scheduled for Dec. 4. Of course, Sanders starts his Jackson State tenure this spring with a slate of slate of eight games spanning from Feb. 21 to April 17. 

The SWAC moved its fall sports to the spring for the 2020-21 school year out of an abundance of caution caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jackson State begins the spring schedule at home against Edward Waters at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium 1 p.m. on Feb. 21 followed by another home game against in-state rival Mississippi Valley State at 1 p.m. on Feb. 27. 

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Jackson State's release stated ticket sales for the fall season will be announced at a later date, but tickets are still available for the upcoming spring season. The school announced the Aloft Miami Aventura as the JSU fan hotel for the Orange Blossom Classic season opener in Miami. For special rates, click here

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