Still riding the crest of winning the Ohio Valley Conference championship and making its first appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs, the Tech football team has turned its attention to the 2012 season.
And, what a season it will be. Tech faces three tough, non-conference opponents who combined for a 30-9 record last year-including Rose Bowl champion, the University of Oregon-six home games in Tucker Stadium, plus an OVC schedule destined to present challenges every week.
The 11-game Golden Eagle football schedule was announced this week by head coach Watson Brown and Tech Director of Athletics Mark Wilson.
“We need to use that in the right way as a positive, and not with any arrogance, and I’ve seen no signs of that,” Brown said. “It’s been fun with people patting us on the back, but all that is over and we need to put it behind us now.”
Tech opens with back-to-back Thursday home games against Hampton University and North Greenville University, then faces three consecutive road games at the University Oregon, Southeast Missouri State University and Murray State University.
Other teams scheduled to visit Tucker Stadium are OVC foes Jacksonville State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Eastern Illinois University and the University of Tennessee at Martin. Tech’s OVC road schedule includes games at Tennessee State University and Austin Peay State University, in addition to the early games at SEMO and Murray State.
“The league will be better than last year,” Brown said. “I don’t see a weak link anywhere. All of the quarterbacks are back this year except one, so all of our defenses had better get better.”
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