Clarksville, TN (Sports Network) - Austin Peay football will play a diverse non-conference schedule in addition to its Ohio Valley Conference rivals this season.
The Governors will open the season against two FBS programs and play a Division III school.
Their Sept. 1 opener at Western Kentucky is against a team that a year ago lost to an FCS team, Indiana State.
A week later, Austin Peay will travel to Blacksburg, Va., for a Sept. 8 matchup against Virginia Tech's nationally ranked program.
The Governors, who will play five home games, will host Division III Culver- Stockton on Nov. 3.
Within the OVC, Austin Peay will host UT Martin (Sept. 22), Murray State (Oct. 6), Southeast Missouri State (Oct. 27) and Tennessee Tech (Nov. 17).
The Governors will visit Tennessee State (Sept. 15), Eastern Illinois (Sept. 29), Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 13) and Jacksonville State (Nov. 10) for conference matchups.
Austin Peay is coming off a 3-8 season, including 2-6 in the OVC, under coach Rick Christophel.
2012 Austin Peay Football Schedule
All Times ET
Sept. 1 - at Western Kentucky, TBA
Sept. 8 - at Virginia Tech, TBA
Sept. 15 - at Tennessee State*, TBA
Sept. 22 - vs. UT Martin*, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 - at Eastern Illinois*, 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 - vs. Murray State*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 - at Eastern Kentucky*, TBA
Oct. 27 - vs. Southeast Missouri State*, TBA
Nov. 3 - vs. Culver-Stockton, TBA
Nov. 10 - at Jacksonville State*, 4 p.m.
Nov. 17 - vs. Tennessee Tech*, 2 p.m.
* - Ohio Valley Conference game