HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Home games against both Conference USA divisional champions from a season ago highlight the 2011 Southern Miss football schedule which was released Thursday by Golden Eagle Athletic Director Richard Giannini.
“We face another challenging schedule in 2011 that includes tough non-conference road games at Virginia and Navy,” said Southern Miss football coach Larry Fedora. “We expect Conference USA to be even tougher again this season. The coaching staff and the team are excited about the challenge that the 2011 schedule presents.”
Southern Miss opens the campaign Sept. 3, at home against Louisiana Tech and completes the non-conference portion of its home slate two weeks later, Sept. 17, against Southeastern Louisiana.
Rice comes to visit Hattiesburg for the second time in its history on Oct. 1, to open home conference play, and SMU will visit the Golden Eagles on Oct., 22, which is also designated as the school’s homecoming.
The league’s defending champion, UCF then makes a trip to The Rock, Nov. 12, and the Golden Eagles complete their regular season at home against Memphis, Nov. 26.
The 2011 home football promotional plan was unveiled earlier this month during the school’s Signing Day Celebration and each home game has been designated as a battle, incorporating different themes for each date which includes its annual homecoming celebration and Black Out game. Those themes will be announced later this spring.
Fedora’s team also travels to Marshall (Sept. 10), Virginia (Sept. 24), Navy (Oct. 8), UTEP (Oct. 29), East Carolina (Nov. 5), and UAB (Nov. 19). The school enjoys its lone open week on Oct. 15.
Game times and television appearances will be released at a later date.
Football season tickets can now be ordered by going online at SouthernMiss.com, by calling 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or by visiting the Pat Ferlise Athletic Ticket Center, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m., until 5 p.m.
2011 Southern Miss Football Schedule
Sept. 3 Louisiana Tech
Sept. 10 at Marshall*
Sept. 17 Southeastern Louisiana
Sept. 24 at Virginia
Oct. 1 Rice*
Oct. 8 at Navy
Oct. 15 Open
Oct. 22 SMU* (HC)
Oct. 29 at UTEP*
Nov. 5 at East Carolina*
Nov. 12 UCF*
Nov. 19 at UAB*
Nov. 26 Memphis*