Tigers, ASU Hornets to Meet In Football

Auburn and Alabama State will play a football game for the first time.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn and Alabama State announced on Saturday the Tigers and Hornets will play each other in a football game for the first time with the contest scheduled for Nov. 17th, 2018 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Alabama State, which is located in Montgomery, plays in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, the same league that features Alabama A&M, a team the Tigers defeated 51-7 in 2012 and will meet again in 2016.

The Tigers and Hornets have competed in basketball, baseball and other sports over the years.

The game will be just the second for the Hornets vs. an SEC opponent, who lost to Kentucky during the 2013 season. The Wildcats won that contest 48-14, jumping to a 31-7 halftime lead and coasting to victory to break a five-game losing streak.

"We are pleased to announce our future football matchup with Auburn,” said ASU's Interim Athletic Director Melvin Hines, a former wide receiver for the Auburn football team. “The Alabama State football brand continues to grow and expand where we are able to schedule games of this magnitude. We look forward to the contest in 2018.”

The Hornets, who posted a 7-5 record last season, will open their 2015 schedule on Sept. 6th at Tennessee State.

Alabama State's new head coach, Brian Jenkins, comes to Montgomery from Bethune-Cookman, where he posted a 46-14 record in five seasons, winning the MEAC title four times and advancing to the FCS playoffs four times. His first team at ASU is picked to finish fourth of five teams in the SWAC's East Division.

The game vs. Alabama State is the first non-conference contest announced for Auburn's 2018 schedule. In 2016 the Tigers will play Clemson, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Alabama A&M. In 2017 the non-conference opponents will be Georgia Southern, Clemson, Mercer and Louisiana-Monroe.

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