Jackson State football schedule 2023 released, including opener vs South Carolina State

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Jackson State football and first-year coach T.C. Taylor will have a tough schedule in 2023

That schedule includes an opener against South Carolina State in a rematch of the 2021 Cricket Celebration Bowl, which South Carolina State won 31-10 to claim the de facto Black national championship. The game will be played Aug. 28 in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Atlanta.

Jackson State went 12-1 last season, including an 8-0 conference mark to win the SWAC championship.

Like last season, the Tigers will play their first four games away from home. After playing South Carolina State, JSU takes on Florida A&M on Sept. 3 in the Orange Blossom Classic at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Jackson State will then visit Southern to open defense of its 2022 SWAC championship on Sept. 9 before visiting Texas State on Sept. 16.

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Jackson State will host Bethune-Cookman in the W.C. Gorden Classic at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium on Sept. 23.

After visiting Alabama A&M on Oct. 7, Jackson State will host Alabama State on Oct. 14 for homecoming.

The rest of the schedule sees JSU visiting Mississippi Valley State on Oct. 21, at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Oct. 28 and at home against Texas Southern on Nov. 4. After an open date, Jackson State will host Alcorn State on Nov. 18 to close out the regular season.

The Cricket SWAC Championship will be played Dec. 2. The Cricket Celebration Bowl will be played Dec.16.

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Jackson State football schedule 2023 for coach TC Taylor first season