Thomas Ashworth, Correspondent
The Jacksonville State University football team announced they added two opponents to their football schedule.
The Gamecocks will host the Mercer Bears at Burgess-Snow Stadium on Oct. 10. This is the first ever meeting between these two teams on the football field.
“One of our top priorities in putting together the best four games possible for the fall was to make sure we were able to play at least one home game,” said JSU athletic director Greg Seitz. “I’ve said numerous times that we have the best fans in the FCS and for us to be able to give them a chance to see their team play in person was very important to us during this difficult season.”
That next week, the Gamecocks will travel to Braley Stadium in Florence, Alabama to play the North Alabama Lions. This game was supposed to be played on Sept. 12, but was moved to Oct. 17 due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
These games being added will make four non-conference games that the Gamecocks will play this season, which rounds out the four the OVC will allow them to play.
The addition of the game against Mercer gives the Gamecocks one home game and three away games. Seitz mentioned that it was important to try and schedule at least one home game.
The Gamecocks will also play the Florida State Seminoles on Oct. 3 and the Florida International Panthers on a date to be announced later.