South Alabama Athletics Director Dr. Joel Erdmann announced that the USA football team has signed a contract to play Alabama State in 2018 which completes the Jaguars’ non-Conference schedule for that season.
The Jaguars and the Hornets will play at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on October 13, 2018 marking the first match-up between the two programs. It also marks the second consecutive season that the Jaguars will play an in-state NCAA Division I program outside of conference play as the Jaguars will also host Alabama A&M on September 16, 2017.
The 2018 non-conference schedule for the Jaguars includes games at home against Louisiana Tech on September 1, a road trip to Oklahoma State on September 8, then another road trip to Memphis on September 22 as well as the announced October 13 game against the Hornets.
South Alabama has played two other in-state, non-conference schools prior to joining the Sun Belt in 2012. In their first season of football they defeated Huntingdon College 35-0 and opened the 2011 season with a 20-0 win over West Alabama. The Jags were slated to face UAB in a home-and-home series beginning this season but the announcement to end football after last season curtailed those plans.