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Six home games highlight Mississippi College 2015 football schedule

CLINTON (GoChoctaws.com) - The Mississippi College football program has released the 2015 schedule, highlighted by six home games and seven Gulf South Conference contests.

"I'm excited to have six home games on the schedule this season," said second-year head coach John Bland. "The atmosphere our fans created last season was one of the best in the league, and we are going to continue to build on that. We want to make Robinson-Hale Stadium one of the toughest places to play in the country, and our fans will be a huge part of that."

The Choctaws open the season on September 5th against Texas College (Tyler, Texas) at Robinson-Hale Stadium. It will be the first-ever meeting between the schools.

MC opens GSC play on the road on September 12th when they travel to face defending conference co-champion, North Alabama.

"The Gulf South Conference is the toughest league in Division II with four schools qualifying for the Division II playoffs last season," said Bland. "With a year under our belts and a great recruiting class coming in to join last year's team, I'm looking for our program to take a huge step forward next season."

The Choctaws will play their next two games out of conference with matchups against Belhaven (Sept. 19) and McNeese State (Sept. 26). MC will host the Blazers after opening the 2014 season in Jackson last season.

They will travel to Lake Charles, La. to face the Cowboys, a member of the Southland Conference in the NCAA Football Championship Series. MC played Lamar from the Southland Conference in the 2014 season.

The final six games on the schedule will be Gulf South Conference games, starting off with a home contest against Shorter (Oct. 3). The two schools met for the first time last season with the Hawks winning in Rome, 27-14.

Following a bye week, the Choctaws will travel to Valdosta State (Oct. 17) and face the Blazers, who finished one game shy of the Division II semi-finals a season ago.

The Choctaws play their next two games at home, beginning with Homecoming on October 24th against Florida Tech. MC traveled to Melbourne, Fla. last season for the first meeting between the schools.

MC will then welcome West Georgia (Oct. 31) to Robinson-Hale Stadium for a Halloween matchup. The Wolves advanced to the Division II semi-finals last season, falling to eventual national champion, Colorado State-Pueblo, 10-7.

MC will make their last road trip of the season on November 7th when they travel just across the border to face West Alabama in Livingston. Last season, MC made a bid for their first GSC win of the season against the Tigers, but UWA scored late to salt the game away, 41-28.

The 2015 season wraps up on November 14th when the Choctaws welcome Delta State to Clinton for the first time since 1994. The Statesmen finished 2014 as co-champions of the Gulf South Conference and they took home the Heritage Bell with a 27-3 victory over MC in Cleveland. The Choctaws held DSU to their second-lowest offensive output of the season in the finale.

The Choctaws will be in their final transition year as they head back to Division II and the Gulf South Conference. Mississippi College will be eligible for NCAA postseason beginning in the 2016 season.

 

2015 Mississippi College Football Schedule

September 5th 7:00pm: vs. Texas College

September 12th TBA: at North Alabama

September 19th 7:00pm: vs. Belhaven

September 26th TBA: at McNeese State

October 3rd 7:00pm: vs. Shorter

October 10th: BYE WEEK

October 17th: at Valdosta State

October 24th 3:00pm: vs. Florida Tech (Homecoming)

October 31st 7:00pm: vs. West Georgia

November 7th TBA: at West Alabama

November 14th 7:00pm: vs. Delta State (Heritage Bell Classic)

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