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Rams ready to open new home

January 28, 2004

Albany-Albany State football coach Mike White is too consumed with recruiting to really study the schedule his Golden Rams will play this year.

However, those players who do sign with Albany State next week will know who they will play in their first college game.

The defending SIAC and Pioneer Bowl champions will kick off the 2004 season on August 28th against Miles College.

It will be the first game for Albany State in the Albany Municipal Coliseum It is also the first time since 1996 that Albany State will open the season with a team other than Valdosta State.

 The Blazers though will be the second opponent to visit Albany State's new home as everyone in the blue and gold can't wait to see the Golden Rams play a football game on their own campus.

White said "I don't think any of us realize how big of an impact that will have on us. How it is to play in your own home where you see the blue and gold all around and again just having that opportunity. I think we will all be excited about it."

 After their two home games to start the season, Albany State travels to Kentucky State to face a Thorobred team that beat them in Albany last year.

The Golden Rams will also have road games at Tuskegee, Benedict College and Morehouse and their annual classic games with Savannah State in Macon and Fort Valley State in Columbus.

The Fountain City Classic against Fort Valley is in the first week of November.

The regular season in division two will end a week earlier because the NCAA D-II playoffs will start a week since the field this year will be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.

                            Albany State 2004 Football Schedule

 Date  Opponent  Time
Aug. 28th  Miles College*  7pm
Sept. 4th  Valdosta St.  7pm
Sept. 11th  at Kentucky St.*  TBA
Sept. 18th  Lane College*  7pm
Sept. 25th  OPEN
Oct. 2nd

 at Tuskegee*

 TBA
Oct. 9th  Savannah St. (Macon)  4pm
Oct. 16th  Clark Atlanta* (homecoming)  1:30pm
Oct. 23rd  at Benedict College*  2pm
Oct. 30th  at Morehouse*  TBA
Nov. 6th  Ft. Valley St.* (Columbus)

 1:30pm

     *SIAC game

posted at 9:30pm by roberth@walb.com