The Ohio Valley Conference announced its regular season football schedule for the 2020-21 season on Wednesday, October 7. The proposed season will consist of seven conference games beginning on Feb. 21, 2021. The season will be played in the spring due to the postponement of the traditional fall season surrounding COVID-19 pandemic. Games will be contested on Sundays, with the exception of Easter weekend when the games will be played on Saturday.
Tennessee State will host four games at Hale Stadium in the spring, beginning with a matchup with Jacksonville State on Feb. 21. The Tigers also host Eastern Illinois on Mar. 14, UT Martin on Mar. 28 and Southeast Missouri on Apr. 11. The Big Blue will play games at Austin Peay (Feb. 28), Murray State (Mar. 21) and Tennessee Tech (Apr. 3).
“Our kids are ready to play,” TSU Head Coach Rod Reed said. “It’s going to be a challenge with some teams playing four games this fall, but we’re excited about our team and we’re excited about the guys coming in. We’re just excited about the opportunity to play.”
The NCAA will announce the selections for a revised 16-team playoff field on Sunday, April 18. This year’s field will include 11 automatic qualifiers and five at-large bids. The first round is scheduled for the weekend of April 24 with the FCS National Championship game to be played on either May 14, 15 or 16 in Frisco, Texas.
Teams will play in accordance with local regulations, NCAA medical guidelines and supporting OVC standards.
2020-21 TSU Football Schedule
Feb. 21 – Jacksonville State
Feb. 28 – at Austin Peay
Mar. 14 – Eastern Illinois
Mar. 21 – at Murray State
Mar. 28 – UT Martin
Apr. 3 – at Tennessee Tech
Apr. 11 – Southeast Missouri