Six home games, including meetings with longtime rivals Furman and VMI, four contests against teams that reached the FCS playoffs a year ago, and a season finale at Clemson highlight the 2013 Citadel football schedule.

The Citadel’s 2013 Football ScheduleDate Opponent TimeAug. 31 Chas. Southern 6 p.m.Sept. 7 Wofford 6 p.m.Sept. 14 at Western Carolina TBASept. 21 at Old Dominion TBASept. 28 Furman 6 p.m.Oct. 5 Appalachian State 2 p.m.Oct. 12 at Georgia Southern TBAOct. 26 at Chattanooga TBANov. 2 Samford 2 p.m.Nov. 9 at Elon TBANov. 16 VMI 1 p.m.Nov. 23 at Clemson TBA

“Once again our schedule is comparable to any school in the FCS,” said Citadel coach Kevin Higgins, who is entering his ninth season at The Citadel after leading the Bulldogs to a record of 7-4 and 5-3 in the Southern Conference a year ago.

“Having our two biggest rivals come to Johnson Hagood Stadium, along with Wofford and Appalachian State, makes this an attractive home schedule.”

For the third straight year, the Bulldogs open the season with two home games, hosting Charleston Southern on Aug. 31 and Wofford the following week.

Following a road game at Western Carolina on Sept. 14, The Citadel heads to Norfolk, Va., for a first-ever meeting with Old Dominion.

A second set of back-to-back home games takes place Sept. 28 against Furman and Oct. 5 against Appalachian State for a Parents Weekend contest.

The Citadel then heads to Georgia Southern on Oct. 12. After a bye week, the Bulldogs travel to Chattanooga on Oct. 26 and host Samford on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. in their Homecoming game. The Southern Conference schedule wraps up on Nov. 9 with a trip to Elon.

VMI visits Charleston on Nov. 16 in the 34th edition of the Military Classic of the South and 69th overall meeting with the Keydets.

The Citadel plays its lone game against an FBS opponent on Nov. 23 at Clemson in the first meeting with the Tigers since 2008.

Season tickets are available by calling 843-953-DOGS. Individual game tickets are not yet available.

The Bulldogs open spring practice Feb. 8 and will hold their spring game at Johnson Hagood Stadium on March 9.