ETTRICK, Va. — The Virginia State University (VSU) Athletics Department announces its 2018 football schedule on Wednesday (April 4). The Trojans will play a 10 game schedule, six road competitions and four at home. The 2018 schedule will feature two games against Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) opponents, Norfolk State and Robert Morris. The schedule also features three nonconference games, followed by seven conference games against Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) opponents.

VSU will open its season against Division I Norfolk State University (NSU) on Sept. 1st for the Labor Day Classic. This will mark the 52nd meeting between the old rivals. The teams rekindled the Labor Day Classic last season (2017) with VSU coming away with a 14-10 victory.


VSU holds a 27-20-1 in the Labor Day Classic series history. NSU, who is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), finished last season with a 4-7 overall record.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) reigning champions will then travel to Moon Township, Pa. on Sept. 8 to face Division I Robert Morris University (RMU) for the first time in program history. The Colonials, who are a member of the Northeast Conference (NEC), finished the 2017 campaign with a 2-9 overall record.

The Trojans will remain on the road for their next two games as they travel to Raleigh, N.C. to face St. Augustine’s (Sept. 15) for a nonconference game and to Charlotte, N.C., to open its 2018 CIAA conference play against Johnson C. Smith University (Sept. 22).

VSU will play its home season opener against Shaw University on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. inside Rogers Stadium. The Trojans will then host Elizabeth City State University on October 6 at 2 p.m. before returning to the road.

VSU will travel to Bowie, Md. to battle conference opponent, Bowie State on October 13.

The Trojans will then return home for Homecoming 2018 on October 20 against Lincoln University at 2 p.m. Following the Lincoln competition, fans will have the opportunity to see its 2018 VSU team for one last time in Rogers Stadium as the Trojans host Chowan University for Senior Day, October 27 at 2 p.m.

VSU will close out the regular season on the road against Virginia Union University November 3 at 1 p.m.

2018 Virginia State University Football Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time
Sept. 1 at Norfolk State Norfolk, VA 6 P.M.
Sept. 8 at Robert Morris Moon Township, PA TBA
Sept. 15 at St. Augustine’s Raleigh, NC 1 P.M.
Sept. 22 at Johnson C. Smith* Charlotte, NC 6 P.M.
SEPT. 29 SHAW* ETTRICK, Va. 2 P.M.
OCT. 6 ELIZABETH CITY STATE* ETTRICK, Va. 2 P.M.
Oct. 13 at Bowie State* Bowie, MD TBA
OCT. 20 LINCOLN*# ETTRICK, Va. 2 P.M.            
Oct. 27 CHOWAN* ETTRICK, Va. 2 p.m.
NOV. 3 Virginia Union* Richmond, VA 1 P.M.
Nov. 10 CIAA Championship Salem, VA TBA
NOV. 17 NCAA Payoffs TBD TBA

Courtesy: VSU Trojans

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