The good thing about the non-conference portion is we don't have any NE teams. If they have a huge snow storm north of Virginia we are in good shape.
We start out with 2 northern teams, Cincinnati and Miami of Ohio. They are probably decent clubs. I will dig deeper right before the season.
Sandwiched in between Ms Valley State and Alcorn State is Marshall and Alabama A & M. I haven't heard if Marshall is any good but I do think Alabama A & M is good.
The 3rd weekend of the spring, we entertain Arizona and Samford. I think Arizona is supposed to be good. Samford from Birmingham AL will be decent.
Arkansas Pine-Bluff visits for the first time in a while before an SEC like opponent flies in from the West Coast. We play San Diego next. Don't confuse them with our last years regional opponent, San Diego State. SD will be good.
The last games before SEC play are with Western Kentucky. Cohen played them a lot when he was with Kentucky. I do believe they will be a good opponent.
We will have 6 games left after SEC play starts. The first one is Eastern Illinois.
Then on March 24th, the first of 2 visits to Pearl. We play USM Golden Eagles. They are always a good club.
The next 2 games are away and are in very important recruiting areas (and alumni areas). We play South Alabama in Mobile and Memphis in Autozone Park. We recruit south Alabama and Memphis area real hard.
The last home non-conference game is with Northwestern State of Louisiana.
Then the last game we have is in Pearl versus Ole Miss. This is the Governors Cup. Obvious recruiting game too. This one usually sells out.
The highlight for the 2016 non-conference part is a trip to Los Angeles to play UCLA and USC in the Dodgertown Classic.