March 21, 2008
Valdosta - The 2007 Division II national champion Valdosta State football team will open the season a week early than normal and finish a week before everyone.
The Blazers are finally able to release their 2008 football schedule after getting clearance from the NCAA to open their season at home on August 23rd against Fort Valley State.
The two schools will meet in the final year of a four year contract that called for the game to be originally played on September 6th.
However, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference ignored that contract and scheduled Fort Valley State to play a conference game that day.
The only date where both teams could play is August 23rd which is a week before the season starts.
After that game, the Blazers will play at Newberry from the South Atlantic Conference on August 30th.
The Blazers then have an open date before opening Gulf South Conference play at Southern Arkansas.
The Blazers return home to play Ouachita Baptist on September 20th.
Valdosta State will also play Delta State, Harding and West Georgia at home with the Delta Stae and West Georgia games on Thursday night due to television.
The Blazers will play conference foes West Alabama, Henderson State, and North Alabama on the road.
The West Georgia game is October 30th and the Blazers will have an open date on the final week of the regular season on November 8th.
If Valdosta State were to finish first or second in the regional rankings, they would get a first round bye in the Division II playoffs like they did in 2007.
That means the Blazers could go three weeks without playing a game.
However, the Blazers know they have a lot of work to do and games to win before they worry about that possibility.
The VSU spring football game is March 29th at 1:00 p.m. at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.2008 VALDOSTA STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sat. Aug. 23 FORT VALLEY STATE Bazemore-Hyder Stadium TBA
Sat. Aug. 30 at Newberry Newberry, S.C. TBA
Sat. Sept. 13 *at Southern Arkansas Magnolia, Ark. TBA
Sat. Sept. 20 *OUACHITA BAPTIST (PW) Bazemore-Hyder Stadium TBA
Sat. Sept. 27 *at West Alabama Livingston, Ala. TBA
Thurs. Oct.2 *Delta State (GSCTV) Bazemore-Hyder Stadium 8:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 11 *at Henderson State Arkadelphia, Ark. 4:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 18 *HARDING (HC) Bazemore-Hyder Stadium TBA
Sat. Oct. 25 *at North Alabama Florence, Ala. 7:00 p.m.
Thurs. Oct. 30 *West Georgia (GSCTV) Bazemore-Hyder Stadium 8:00 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 15 NCAA First Round Campus Site TBA
Sat. Nov. 22 NCAA Second Round Campus Site TBA
Sat. Nov. 29 NCAA Quarterfinals Campus Site TBA
Sat. Dec. 6 NCAA Semifinals Campus Site TBA
Sat. Dec. 13 NCAA Championship Florence, Al. TBA
*Gulf South Conference Games
(PW) – Parent’s Weekend
(HC) - Homecoming
All Times Eastern
GSCTV – “GSC Live” Televised Game (Comcast/Charter Sport South, CoxSports)All times, dates and locations subject to change
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