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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced Monday the schedules for all 10 SWAC schools for the upcoming 2021 spring football season. The schedule includes one non-conference open date for each team and conference contests scheduled each week beginning in Week One.

Additionally, the league has designated a bye week for each team during the week of March 13 to ensure that fans and supporters have the opportunity to attend the Cricket Wireless Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments (March 9-13).

Each SWAC team will play six conference football games to include four games against division opponents and two games against non-division opponents. Each member institution will also have the option to play one non-conference game. The season will officially kick off the weekend of February 27 with five league games set to be played.

The football season will culminate with the Cricket Wireless SWAC Championship Game. The game is scheduled to be played on Saturday, May 1.

“The 2019 edition of the Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Championship was an instant thriller broadcast live on ESPNU,” said Tommy Henry, senior marketing manager at Cricket Wireless.

“We’re excited to be back in the game for the upcoming season. We are proud to team up with SWAC once again so that we can continue to grow our relationship with SWAC members while introducing our brand to students, alumni, and fans.”

The Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Championship will once again be played on the campus of the highest-seeded team at the conclusion of regular-season play. SWAC football teams are scheduled to begin preparation for the season with an eight-week training period beginning in January.

“The SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Sports Administrators Committee, COVID-19 Advisory Committee, along with our fall sports scheduling groups have worked tirelessly over recent months to get to the point where we are able to announce a significant part of the rescheduling of our fall sports,” said SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland.

“Collectively as a conference, we look forward to continuing on the path to a safe return to competition that we know all of our student-athletes, team staff, institutional administrators and supporters would like to see in the coming months. This schedule allows the needed flexibility for any additional adjustments that will need to be made once the NCAA releases its revised spring calendar. Clearly our plans in regards to the safe return to competition within our league will ultimately be dictated by the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the respective regions of our member institutions.”

The SWAC will continue to work with local and state medical experts along with governmental officials to gather additional information, evaluate emerging data and advancements while monitoring new developments regarding the pandemic. The Southwestern Athletic Conference will remain prepared to make any necessary adjustments identified to be in the best interest of the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes.

A complete listing of the games scheduled to be played each week along with team-by-team schedules can be found below.

2021 SWAC Football Week-By-Week Schedule 


 

 DATE  GAME
 WEEK ONE
 February 27  Alcorn State at Alabama A&M
 Southern at Alabama State
 Mississippi Valley State at Jackson State
 Texas Southern at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
 Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling State (State Fair Classic)
 WEEK TWO
 March 6  Alabama A&M at Mississippi Valley State
 Alabama State at Alcorn State
 Jackson State at Grambling State
 Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Southern
 Texas Southern at Prairie View A&M (Labor Day Classic)
 WEEK THREE
 March 13  Bye Week
 WEEK FOUR
 March 20  Alabama A&M at Prairie View A&M
 Jackson State at Alabama State
 Alcorn State at Mississippi Valley State
 Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Grambling State
 Southern at Texas Southern
 WEEK FIVE
 March 27  Grambling State at Alabama A&M
 Alabama State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
 Alcorn State at Southern
 Prairie View A&M at Jackson State
 WEEK SIX
 April 3  Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Mississippi Valley State
 Grambling State at Texas Southern
 WEEK SEVEN
 April 10  Alabama A&M at Jackson State
 Mississippi Valley State at Alabama State
 Texas Southern at Alcorn State
 Southern at Prairie View A&M
 WEEK EIGHT
 April 17  Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M (Magic City Classic)
 Jackson State at Alcorn State
 Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern
 Prairie View A&M at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
 Grambling State vs. Southern (Bayou Classic)
 WEEK NINE
 April 24  Open Date
 May 1  Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Championship

 

Alabama A&M Bulldogs 

 

 DATE  OPPONENT 
 Feb. 27  ALCORN STATE
 Mar. 6  at Mississippi Valley State
 Mar. 13  Bye Week
 Mar. 20  at Prairie View A&M
 Mar. 27  GRAMBLING STATE
 Apr. 3  Open Date
 Apr. 10  at Jackson State
 Apr. 17  vs. Alabama State
 Apr. 24  Open Date

 

 

 

 

 

Alabama State Hornets 


 

 DATE  OPPONENT
 Feb. 27  SOUTHERN
 Mar. 6  at Alcorn State
 Mar. 13  Bye Week
 Mar. 20  JACKSON STATE
 Mar. 27  at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
 Apr. 3  Open Date
 Apr. 10  MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
 Apr. 17  vs. Alabama A&M
 Apr. 24  Open Date

Alcorn State Braves 


 

 DATE  OPPONENT
 Feb. 27  at Alabama A&M
 Mar. 6  ALABAMA STATE
 Mar. 13  Bye Week
 Mar. 20  at Mississippi Valley State
 Mar. 27  at Southern
 Apr. 3  Open Date
 Apr. 10  TEXAS SOUTHERN
 Apr. 17  JACKSON STATE
 Apr. 24  Open Date

Grambling State Tigers


 

 DATE  OPPONENT
 Feb. 27  PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
 Mar. 6  JACKSON STATE
 Mar. 13  Bye Week
 Mar. 20  ARKANSAS-PINE BUFF
 Mar. 27  at Alabama A&M
 Apr. 3  at Texas Southern
 Apr. 10  Open Date
 Apr. 17  vs. Southern
 Apr. 24  Open Date

Jackson State Tigers


 

 DATE  OPPONENT
 Feb. 27  MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
 Mar. 6  at Grambling State
 Mar. 13  Bye Week
 Mar. 20  at Alabama State
 Mar. 27  PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
 Apr. 3  Open Date
 Apr. 10  ALABAMA A&M
 Apr. 17  at Alcorn State
 Apr. 24  Open Date

Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 


 

 DATE  OPPONENT
 Feb. 27  at Jackson State
 Mar. 6  ALABAMA A&M
 Mar. 13  Bye Week
 Mar. 20  ALCORN STATE
 Mar. 27  Open Date
 Apr. 3  ARKANSAS-PINE BUFF
 Apr. 10  at Alabama State
 Apr. 17  at Texas Southern
 Apr. 24  Open Date

Prairie View A&M Panthers


 

 DATE  OPPONENT  
 Feb. 27  vs. Grambling State
 Mar. 6  TEXAS SOUTHERN
 Mar. 13  Bye Week
 Mar. 20  ALABAMA A&M
 Mar. 27  at Jackson State
 Apr. 3  Open Date
 Apr. 10  SOUTHERN
 Apr. 17  at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
 Apr. 24  Open Date

Southern Jaguars


 

 DATE  OPPONENT  
 Feb. 27  at Alabama State
 Mar. 6  ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF
 Mar. 13  Bye Week
 Mar. 20  at Texas Southern
 Mar. 27  ALCORN STATE
 Apr. 3  Open Date
 Apr. 10  at Prairie View A&M
 Apr. 17  vs. Grambling State
 Apr. 24  Open Date

Texas Southern Tigers


 

 DATE  OPPONENT
 Feb. 27  at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
 Mar. 6  at Prairie View A&M
 Mar. 13  Bye Week
 Mar. 20  SOUTHERN
 Mar. 27  Open Date
 Apr. 3  GRAMBLING STATE
 Apr. 10  at Alcorn State
 Apr. 17  MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE
 Apr. 24  Open Date

Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions 


 

 DATE  OPPONENT
 Feb. 27  TEXAS SOUTHERN
 Mar. 6  at Southern
 Mar. 13  Bye Week
 Mar. 20  at Grambling State
 Mar. 27  ALABAMA STATE
 Apr. 3  at Mississippi Valley State
 Apr. 10  Open Date
 Apr. 17  PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
 Apr. 24  Open Date

 

Courtesy: SWAC



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