The 2019 Southern University football schedule features a series of exciting games that will test the team as they look to defend their Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division Championship.
Consisting of several new opponents, along with the traditional SWAC rivals, this season has many Southern fans excited for the challenges awaiting the Jaguars in their quest to defend the SWAC title.
For the Jags’ first real challenge of the season, Southern will face a tough FBS opponent in the form of the Memphis Tigers, the defending American Athletic Conference Western Division champions in their second game of the season.
One of the most anticipated games on the Jaguars 2019 schedule is the September 21 road matchup against Florida A&M. The Rattlers finished with a 6-5 overall record, and a third place finish in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
“I am excited to see the rivalry between the two schools. I remember hearing about the intensity of the rivalry and I’m excited to see Southern get a big win,” said senior political science major, Darius Smith.
Opening play in the SWAC, the Jags will travel to Arkansas Pine-Bluff on September 28 to take on the Golden Lions before their scheduled BYE week.
Homecoming festivities for 2019 will wrap up with a matchup against Prairie View A&M on October 12, which will be the Jaguars final game before the Cotton Bowl, where they will go up against Texas Southern on October 19.
On October 26, Southern will look to avenge their SWAC Championship loss to Alcorn State when they visit the Braves in Lorman, Mississippi. According to senior criminal justice major Dominique Danja, Southern should have more than a fair shot to knock off the defending SWAC champions.
“Southern will have the opportunity to win a hard fought battle because of many of the returning players,” said Danja when asked if she expects to see a different result from last year’s matchups with Alcorn State.
The Jaguars will then have back to back home games against Alabama A&M and Virgina University of Lynchburg to begin November before their annual matchup with Jackson State on November 16.
As always, this year’s conclusion will see Southern and the Grambling State Tigers renewing their rivalry with the annual Bayou Classic on November 23.
“I believe it may be difficult for the Jaguars to win back-to-back Bayou Classics, but I believe that the team will pull through and deliver another win,” said senior criminal justice major Sadio Faty.
The Jaguars will look to build upon their impressive 2018 campaign and capture their first SWAC Championship since 2013. The 2019-2020 season will kick off on August 31, 2019 as the Jaguars take on McNeese State.