ORANGEBURG, SC—The South Carolina State Department of Athletics announced its 2016 football schedule Friday (Jan.22). The Bulldogs’ 11-game slate includes four home contests and seven road games.

SC State opens the 2016 campaign with four straight road games, with the first three against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) — University of Central Florida on Sep. 3 in Orlando; Louisiana Tech on Sept. 10 in Ruston, LA; and Clemson University in Clemson, SC on Sept. 17.

Florida A&M rounds out a four-game opening road swing, when Coach Buddy Pough’s team begins Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sept. 24.

The Bulldogs open their home campaign at Oliver. C. Dawson Stadium on Oct. 8 against Bethune-Cookman. Other home games include Delaware State, Oct.22 (HOMECOMING); Norfolk State, Nov. 12; and Savannah State, Nov.19.

Additional road games are at Howard, Oct 15. in Washington, DC; Hampton, Oct. 29 in Hampton, VA; and North Carolina A&T State, Nov.5 in Greensboro, NC.

Bulldogs fans and supporters are encouraged to purchase their season tickets early for special rates and discounts at the SC State Ticket Office. For additional information, call 803-536-8579 or 800-298-9157.

Starting times for all games on the 2016 schedule, which is listed below, will be announced later.

South Carolina State 2016 Football Schedule

DATE                          OPPONENT                                       LOCATION                        TIME
03                                Central Florida                                   Orlando, FL                     TBA
10                                 Louisiana Tech                                  Ruston, LA                      TBA
17                                 Clemson                                            Clemson, SC                   TBA
24                                Florida A & M*                                   Tallahassee, FL               TBA
OCTOBER 01               Open
08                                  BETHUNE COOKMAN*                     ORANGEBURG, SC          1:30 P.M.
(Hall of Fame/Former Student-Athlete App./Business & Industry Day/ Pink Game)
15                                 Howard *                                             Washington, DC               TBA
22                                 DELAWARE STATE*                        ORANGEBURG, SC           1:30 P.M.                   
29                                 Hampton*                                           Hampton, VA                    TBA
05                                 North Carolina A&T*                            Greensboro, NC                TBA
12                                 NORFOLK STATE*                          ORANGEBURG, SC             2:00 P.M.
(Youth/ROTC/Military Appreciation/Greek Day)
19                                SAVANNAH STATE*                        ORANGEBURG, SC             1:30 P.M.
(Senior Day/High School Band Day/Faculty & Staff App. Day)

*MEAC Contest – Home games in Bold – #Dates, times and locations subject to change


  1. SCSU may be good this upcoming season, but those three money games are going to take some wind out of their sales. I understand the athletic department needs the money, especially with SCSU having enrollment declines and accreditation issues. I hope the Bulldogs are able to shake off those early season losses and field competitive team.


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