CHATTANOOGA (UTC) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team announced its 2013 schedule Wednesday morning.
The Mocs will play two Football Bowl Subdivision opponents in a 12-game slate that includes six home games at Finley Stadium. In addition to a season-ending visit to Alabama, UTC will also face three new non-conference foes in UT-Martin, Georgia State and Austin Peay.
The new additions come after Chattanooga recently completed multi-year deals with Jacksonville State and Eastern Kentucky. UTC has also played Presbyterian and non-Division I program Glenville State in recent years.
"I think this is probably the best schedule since we've been here," Huesman said. "It's not easy, though. UT-Martin won eight or nine games last year and Georgia State is going to be an FBS School, so it's not easy.
"But getting two out of three at home, and that third one just in Atlanta, to start the year without one being a conference game is pretty nice."
UTC opens with a Thursday night contest against in-state rival UT-Martin on Aug. 29. This is the second year in a row, and the third time in the Russ Huesman era, the Mocs have opened their home schedule on a Thursday night.
Chattanooga has a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series with UT-Martin. All three games were played in a series from 1991-93, with the first two in Chattanooga and the last one in Martin.
The Mocs hit the road the following week at Georgia State on Sept. 7. Originally, this was schedule as non-conference game between two regional rivals in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). However, the Panthers are making the jump to the Sun Belt Conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) after only three years of NCAA competition.
It will be the first meeting between the two teams.
Chattanooga returns home to face another in-state rival, Austin Peay, on Sept. 14. This will be the Governors first visit to the Scenic City since 1967. UTC holds a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series with APSU.
"It was just time for us to move on and play some other teams past Jacksonville State," said Huesman, who will also puruse a series with Tennessee Tech down the road. "I want to play more of these teams from our state. I like these games.
"Jacksonville State probably thinks we're scared of them, but we're not. We just need to start playing some other teams, so maybe we'll catch (JSU) in the playoffs."
Following the open week, the Mocs kickoff the Southern Conference portion of the schedule on Sept. 28 at Georgia Southern. UTC then hosts Western Carolina and Furman in back-to-back weekends. Homecoming is set for Oct. 12 against the Paladins.
After a trip to Elon on Oct. 19, Chattanooga will host The Citadel on Oct. 26. UTC visits Appalachian State on Nov. 2 and closes out the home schedule with Senior Day on Nov. 9 against Wofford. The SoCon schedule concludes at Samford on Nov. 16.
The regular season finale for the Mocs is a trip to two-time defending BCS Champion Alabama on Nov. 23. This is the Mocs second trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., in five seasons. UTC is 0-11 all-time against the Crimson Tide.
Start times for each game will be announced at a later date.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2013 football schedule:
(home games in bold)
Aug. 29 -- UT-Martin
Sept. 7 -- at Georgia State
Sept. 14 -- Austin Peay
Sept. 21 -- Open date
Sept. 28 -- at Georgia Southern*
Oct. 5 - Western Carolina*
Oct. 12 -- Furman*
Oct. 19 - at Elon*
Oct. 26 -- The Citadel*
Nov. 2 -- at Appalachian State*
Nov. 9 -- Wofford*
Nov. 16 -- at Samford*
Nov. 23 -- at Alabama*
(* denotes Southern Conference game)