Jacksonville State is ready to challenge the Rose Bowl champs.
The school announced that it will open the 2014 football season against Michigan State in East Lansing.
The Spartans celebrated a Rose Bowl win over Stanford in January and finished the season No. 3 in the FBS college football rankings.
JSU is an FCS program and is expected to carry a top 10 ranking into 2014. It went 11-4 and reached the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs in 2013.
Date Opponent Time (Home Games In Bold)
Aug. 30 at Michigan State TBA
Sept. 6 at UT Chattanooga TBA
Sept. 13 OPEN
Sept. 20 West Alabama 3 p.m.
Sept. 27 *at Murray State 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 *UT Martin 3 p.m.
Oct. 11 *at Tennessee State TBA
Oct. 18 OPEN
Oct. 25 *Tennessee Tech 3 p.m.
Nov. 1 *Austin Peay 3 p.m.
Nov. 8 *at Eastern Kentucky 12 p.m.
Nov. 15 *Eastern Illinois 3 p.m.
Nov. 22 *at Southeast Missouri State 1 p.m.