The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have added Alabama, Jackson State, and Alcorn State to their future football schedules, FBSchedules.com has learned.
Southern Miss will travel to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 21, 2019. The Golden Eagles will receive a $1.85 million guarantee for the game, according to a copy of the contract obtained from USM via a public records request.
Southern Miss and Alabama have played 43 times in a series that dates back to 1947. In their last meeting in 2014, the Crimson Tide defeated the Golden Eagles 52-12 to extend their series lead to 35-6-2.
The game against Southern Miss is the first scheduled non-conference opponent for Alabama for the 2019 season.
Southern Miss has also added games against the Jackson State Tigers on Sept. 1, 2018 and the Alcorn State Braves on Aug. 31, 2019. USM will host both at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg.
News of Southern Miss adding games against Jackson State and Alcorn State was first reported by the Hattiesburg American on Friday.
According to copies of the contracts, Jackson State will receive a $300,000 guarantee for their game in 2018, while Alcorn State will get a $325,000 guarantee for the 2019 matchup.
Southern Miss currently holds a 2-0 series lead over both Jackson State and Alcorn State.
The addition of these three opponents tentatively completes Southern Miss’ non-conference schedule through the 2018 season. The Golden Eagles need one additional opponent for 2019 and two in 2020.