GREENSBORO - North Carolina A&T released an interesting and challenging 2013 football schedule on Wednesday.

The Southern Conference, which is widely regarded as one of the best conference in the Division I-Football Championship Subdivision, will have both of its North Carolina schools on the Aggies 2013 schedule. A&T is scheduled to open against Appalachian State on Sept. 7 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C., at 6 p.m.

A week later A&T will host Elon at Aggie Stadium for the first time in seven seasons. The two Piedmont schools played one another for seven consecutive seasons starting in 2000. When the Aggies and Phoenix play in September, it will be their ninth meeting. They split the previous eight with each team winning four.  

The Greatest Homecoming On Earth will take place on Nov. 2 against Virginia University of Lynchburg on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. It will be the latest A&T's Homecoming has occurred since the Aggies defeated Bethune-Cookman 73-7 on Nov. 2, 1996. It will also mark the first time the Aggies have played a non-conference opponent for Homecoming since beating Johnson C. Smith 19-8 on Oct. 10, 1987.

After a two-year absence, conference foe Hampton returns to the Aggies schedule as well. A&T's last meeting against Hampton resulted in a 35-21 loss at Hampton on Sept. 18, 2010. The two teams will get together again at Hampton on Oct. 12. While Hampton is an old rival rotating back onto the schedule, Savannah State will be completely new to Aggie fans.

The Tigers, who joined the conference three seasons ago, has never played A&T on the gridiron. That will no longer be the case on Nov. 16 when the Tigers come to Aggie Stadium for a 1 p.m., kickoff. A&T's other three home games include a Sept. 28 game against Howard, an Oct. 19 game against Delaware State and archrival N.C. Central comes to Aggieland on Nov. 23 for the regular-season finale.

A&T will also play road games against S.C. State (Oct. 5), Florida A&M (Oct. 26) and Morgan State (Nov. 9).

Ticket information for the 2013 season will be announced soon.