Alabama State Switches Up TDC Date With Eye On FCS Playoffs

Daniel Duhart and Alabama State could be headed for the FCS playoffs. (The Advocate photo)

Last year, Alabama State fans were shocked to find out that their team would not be playing Tuskegee in the Turkey Day Classic as they decided to pursue the Division II playoffs. This year, Alabama State has shaken up it’s schedule as it relates to the classic, with an eye towards the FCS playoffs.

The university released its schedule on Tuesday, switching the TDC to the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving, rather than the holiday itself. ASU will play D2 Stillman for the second-straight year.

“The move was made to allow Hornet fans who live out of town to have time to drive in for the game and still spend Thanksgiving with their families, and to give the Hornets an opportunity to compete in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, which start the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Alabama State president Gwendolyn Boyd said in a statement released late Tuesday afternoon.”

Alabama State is a member of the SWAC, which does not send its champion to the FCS playoff, opting for a championship game between the winners of its East and West Divisions. Could ASU be the first team to buck that tradition and accept an at-large bid if its given the option?

If so, things could get really interesting.

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