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Southern QB Ladarius Skelton looks for somewhere to run during their game Saturday with Jackson State at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Mississippi.

Southern University has added a seventh game to its football schedule.

The opponent is one the Jaguars are all too familiar with.

Southern will play a road game against Jackson State on April 3, the school announced Monday.

The spring date is the result of the Southwestern Athletic Conference postponing football this fall because of the COVD-19 pandemic and moving its season to the spring.

The game, scheduled for the day before Easter, will be the 66th time Southern has played Jackson State.

"We're really excited to extend the rivalry," Southern coach Dawson Odums said in a statement on the school's web site. "This is always a game that has a high level of competitiveness, fan appeal, and pageantry. It will certainly be a great atmosphere for our fans, students, and of course, our team. We are definitely looking forward to it."

Southern has won the past seven games in the series, including a 40-34 victory in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2019. The Jaguars lead the all-time series 36 -.29.

"We want to thank JSU athletics director Ashley Robinson for re-engaging us when we decided as a conference on spring football without the benefit of having our yearly scheduled contest," Southern athletic director Roman Banks said in a statement. "We are excited to continue this important rivalry, especially for our student-athletes and fans."

The Jaguars are scheduled to start the season Feb. 27 at Alabama State. Their home opener is March 6 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The only other home game is scheduled for March 27 against Alcorn State. The other two games on the schedule are at Texas Southern on March 20 and at Prairie View on April 10.

Southern finished 8-5 last season, winning the SWAC West Division title before losing to Alcorn in the conference championship game.

When the season resumes, it will have been 14 months since the Jaguars last played a game. The SWAC hasn't made any announcements on whether fans will be allowed to attend games because of the coronavirus, but Banks hopes that by the time the season starts, things are back to normal in that regard.

"We moved the season back to expect fans," Banks said in August. "Hopefully we have some solutions to coronavirus. If we do, I expect to fill the stadium up."

Southern football schedule (Spring 2021)

Feb. 27: at Alabama State

March 6: Arkansas-Pine Bluff

March 13: Open date

March 20: at Texas Southern

March 27: Alcorn State

April 3: at Jackson State

April 10: at Prairie View

April 17: Grambling (Bayou Classic)

April 24: Open date

May 1: SWAC championship game

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