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Coach Rod Reed, QB Treon Harris and linebacker Chris Collins talk about the game won by the offense 37-15.
By Mike Organ

Tennessee State will visit Middle Tennessee State for a football game in 2019.

TSU athletics director Teresa Phillips confirmed the game on Monday.

It will be played on Sept. 7 at Floyd Stadium and mark the first time the two teams have played since 1998 when MTSU was still a Football Championship Subdivision program and a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

The Blue Raiders won that game 28-27 in Murfreesboro.

“I am very excited for what I believe will be a fantastic match-up,” Phillips said. “We are looking forward to the opportunity, which is great for our university, our alumni and our football program.”

It will mark the 20th time TSU and MTSU have played. MTSU holds a 10-9 edge in the series.

Several games in the series were played at Vanderbilt Stadium.

TSU’s last win over MTSU (25-16) came in 1997 at Hale Stadium.

Phillips said the two schools are talking about possibly playing each other again more often.

“We love playing local teams and know the energy surrounding this game will make it exciting for our fan base,” she said. “Hopefully we can continue to play Middle Tennessee again in the coming years,”  

The game will mark the fourth consecutive year TSU will play against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. The Tigers played Vanderbilt in 2016 and will take on the Commodores again in 2018. They will open the 2017 season at Georgia State on Aug. 31.

Reach Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 and on Twitter @MikeOrganWriter.