HUNTSVILLE — Alabama A&M faces a schedule in the upcoming season that features visits to a bowl participant and a Football Championship Subdivision playoff team.
Alabama A&M athletics director Bryan Hicks and head coach James Spady announced the schedule last week.
Cincinnati of the American Athletic Conference and Coastal Carolina of the Big South Conference are the only non-conference games in the Bulldogs’ 11-game schedule, which includes four home games.
“This is a very exciting and competitive schedule,” said Hicks. “Our opening game at Cincinnati will show our players a level of football they should strive for.
“Coastal Carolina was a quarterfinalist in the FCS playoffs who lost by just a touchdown to the eventual national champions. This is a good measuring stick for our players.”
After opening at Cincinnati on Sept. 5, the Bulldogs have a bye then visit Prairie View A&M on Sept. 19.
“I’m looking forward to this challenging schedule,” Spady said. “The reason you play a Division I schedule is to play the best.”
The home schedule kicks off Sept. 26 with homecoming and the Louis Crews Classic as Arkansas-Pine Bluff visits. On Oct. 17, Jackson State comes to Louis Crews Stadium.
The 74th annual Magic City Classic is scheduled for Oct. 31.
Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 7 and Texas Southern on Nov. 28 round out the home schedule.
“To play schools like Cincinnati and Coastal Carolina with our conference schedule, we should have an exciting year,” Spady said.