Savannah State to face challenging schedule

(STATS) - Savannah State's struggling football program is coming off an encouraging season under first-year coach Erik Raeburn, but as usual the Tigers won't take it easy in their 11-game 2017 schedule that was announced Thursday.

The Tigers' 3-7 record last season marked just their second record with more than two wins since the school moved to the FCS level in 2000. They finished 3-5 in the MEAC.

This year, Savannah State will play only four times at Theodore A. Wright Stadium because of a non-conference schedule that features dates at Sun Belt member Appalachian State (Sept. 9), Big Sky power Montana (Sept. 16) and two-time defending Big South champion Charleston Southern (Oct. 21).

Within the MEAC, the Tigers will host Florida A&M (Sept. 23), Hampton (Oct. 7, Homecoming), Delaware State (Nov. 4) and South Carolina State (Nov. 18). Their conference road games will be against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 30), Morgan State (Oct. 14), Norfolk State (Oct. 28) and North Carolina A&T (Nov. 11).

---=

2017 Savannah State Schedule

Sept. 9, at Appalachian State

Sept. 16, at Montana

Sept. 23, Florida A&M*

Sept. 30, at Bethune-Cookman*

Oct. 7, Hampton* (Homecoming)

Oct. 14, at Morgan State*

Oct. 21, at Charleston Southern

Oct. 28, at Norfolk State*

Nov. 4, Delaware State*

Nov. 11, at North Carolina A&T*

Nov. 18, South Carolina State*

* - MEAC game

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.