Tennessee State University will play an eleven-game football schedule for the 2009 season that features four home games and three â€œClassicâ€ match-ups.
The Tigersâ€™ non-conference opponents consist of four traditional rivals, three from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (Alabama A&M, Jackson State, Southern) and one from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (Florida A&M). TSUâ€™s seven-game Ohio Valley Conference schedule will consist of all OVC teams except Jacksonville State.
The 2009 season opens at home on Labor Day Week-end, September 5th, against Alabama A&M in the John Merritt Classic. The following week, TSU battles Jackson State at the Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis, TN (9/12). Closing out September, the Tigers travel on succeeding week-ends to face Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA (9/19) and Florida A&M in Atlanta, GA (9/26) at the Atlanta Football Classic.
TSU opens Ohio Valley Conference play on October 3rd at home against Southeast Missouri, then travels to Richmond, Kentucky to battle 2008 OVC Champion Eastern Kentucky. The month of October sees TSU host Murray State (10/17) followed by an open date before traveling to Cookeville, TN facing Tennessee Tech (10/31).
Three games in November begin with Homecoming (11/03) against Tennessee Martin followed by road games at Austin Peay State (11/14) and Eastern Illinois (11/21).