Ole Miss has played college football for 114 seasons.

In the long history of the Ole Miss program, the Rebels have never faced off against in-state program Alcorn State. That will be changing in the years to come.

On Thursday, Ole Miss announced that it will host Alcorn State in Oxford on Sept. 9, 2028.

In addition to never playing Alcorn State, Ole Miss has never faced a historically black college and university — making the series against Alcorn State all the more historical for the football program from Oxford.

Here’s the statement issued from Ole Miss AD Keith Carter following the official announcement of the matchup.

“This is a matchup that we’ve been working on for quite some time, and I want to thank Alcorn State A.D. Derek Horne, a good friend and great Rebel, for helping make this happen. To play an HBCU from our state is something we’ve been wanting to do for quite some time, and hopefully this will open the door for other meetings with HBCU institutions in the future. We look forward to this contest and know it will be exciting for our fans at Ole Miss as well as the fans at Alcorn State.

Ole Miss also issued the following video statement from Carter following the news.


Following this news, here’s an updated look at the non-conference teams on the schedule for the Ole Miss football program:

  • 2020: Baylor (in Houston), Southeast Missouri, UConn, Georgia Southern
  • 2021: Louisville (in Atlanta), Austin Peay, Tulane, Liberty
  • 2022: at Georgia Tech, Troy, Central Arkansas, Tulsa
  • 2023: Georgia Tech, Mercer, at Tulane
  • 2024: at Wake Forest, Middle Tennessee, Furman
  • 2025: at USC, Wake Forest, Citadel, Tulane
  • 2026: USC
  • 2027: Oregon State
  • 2028: Alcorn State
  • 2030: at Oregon State
  • 2032: at Virginia Tech
  • 2033: Purdue
  • 2034: at Purdue
  • 2037: Virginia Tech