Texas Southern seeks big improvement in 2018

(STATS) – Texas Southern is hoping a strong September schedule will set it up for success in the SWAC this season.

The Tigers finished just 2-9 under coach Michael Haywood last year.

After opening at home against UT-Permian Basin on Sept. 1, TSU will play three straight on the road before embarking on its SWAC schedule, wrapping FBS matchups against Texas State (Sept. 8) and Houston (Sept. 29) around one at SWAC power Alcorn State (Sept. 15), which won’t count toward the conference standings.

SWAC teams play seven conference games. The Tigers will host Alabama A&M (Oct. 6), defending champ Grambling State (Oct. 13), Mississippi Valley State (Oct. 27) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 17) at BBVA Compass Stadium. They’ll travel to Alabama State (Nov. 3) and Prairie View A&M (Nov. 24) and face Southern in the Inaugural State Fair Showdown at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas (Oct. 20).

2018 Texas Southern Schedule

Sept. 1, UT-Permian Basin

Sept. 8, at Texas State

Sept. 15, at Alcorn State

Sept. 29, at Houston

Oct. 6, Alabama A&M*

Oct. 13, Grambling State*

Oct. 20, Southern* (at Dallas)

Oct. 27, Mississippi Valley State* (Homecoming)

Nov. 3, at Alabama State*

Nov. 17, Arkansas-Pine Bluff*

Nov. 24, at Prairie View A&M*

* – SWAC game

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