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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southwestern Athletic Conference released its 2013 football television schedule which includes seven conference contests to air on several major networks this fall.
The line-up of networks to carry the broadcast: ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN3, NBC Sports, FOX SportsSouth, and Comcast SportsNet. All games are available in the network's standard high-definition.
The 15-game schedule begins on opening weekend with three non-conference match-ups including Mississippi Valley State against Florida A&M in the 9th Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney.
"The Southwestern Athletic Conference is always excited to release our television schedule," said SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp. "The coverage networks provide allows fans outside of our region the opportunity to follow their favorite teams."
The schedule kicks off on Friday, August 30, at 7:30 p.m. CT when Southern faces Houston and ends with the 2013 Toyota SWAC Championship on Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m.
Both games will take place inside Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The schedule also features nine non-conference games and five HBCU Classics with three games slated for tape delay. The Classic games include: Alabama State at Jackson State (W.C. Gorden Classic), Jackson State vs. Tennessee State (Southern Heritage Classic), Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State (Magic City Classic), Alabama State vs. Stillman (Turkey Day Classic) and Grambling State vs. Southern (Bayou Classic).
"Not only will SWAC fans be able to see the games nationally, and in high-definition, but they will enjoy the analysis from the networks on-air talent," Sharp added. "With programming on a national stage, the games televised demonstrate the growth of the Southwestern Athletic Conference brand."
Game times and television networks are listed below:
Friday, August 30
Southern at Houston (ESPN 3 - 7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, August 31
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arkansas State (ESPN3 - TBD)
Sunday, September 1
Mississippi Valley State vs. Florida A&M (ESPN - 10:45 a.m.)
Saturday, September 7
Alabama State at Jackson State (ESPN3 - 6 p.m.)*
Grambling State at ULM (ESPN3 - 6 p.m.)
Prairie View A&M at Texas State (ESPN3 - 6 p.m.)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at McNeese State (Comcast SportsNet - 7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, September 14
Alabama State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (ESPN3 - 6:30 p.m.)*
Texas Southern vs. Sam Houston State (Comcast SportsNet - 7 p.m.)
Jackson State vs. Tennessee State (Fox SportsSouth - 6 p.m.)
Thursday, September 19
Texas Southern at Jackson State (ESPNU - 6:30 p.m.)
Saturday, October 26
Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State (ESPN3 - 7 p.m.)*
Thursday, November 28
Alabama State vs. Stillman (ESPNU - 3 p.m.)
Saturday, November 30
Grambling State vs. Southern (NBC - 1 p.m.)
Saturday, December 7
2013 Toyota SWAC Football Championship (ESPNU - 1 p.m.)
Game times are central and subject to change.
* Denotes tape delay and will air at 9:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
ABOUT THE SWAC
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), established in 1920, is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., which is made up of historically black universities in the Southern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I for all sports and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).