For the second year in a row, Samford will open the season with a home Southern Conference game. The Bulldogs' season-opener is scheduled for Sept. 1, against Furman at Seibert Stadium. Following the Furman game, Samford will play host to in-state foe West Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 8.
"We're opening the season with Furman and they should be highly ranked after the season they had last year," Sullivan said. "That will be a huge challenge for us. Next we have West Alabama, which will be one of the top Division II teams in the country."
After opening the season with back-to-back home games, Samford will then spend the next three games on the road. The road swing will begin with a game at Gardner-Webb on Sept. 15.
The Bulldogs will then step back into Southern Conference play, travelling to Western Carolina on Sept. 22. Samford will wrap up the road swing with a game at defending Southern Conference champion Georgia Southern on Sept. 29.
"The Southern Conference will be as good as any conference in the country," Sullivan said. "Then we finish with a tremendous game at Kentucky, which I know our team will be excited about."
Samford will then return home for its next two games. The Bulldogs will play host to The Citadel on Oct. 6 and Appalachian State for Homecoming on Oct. 13.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a trip to Chattanooga. The Bulldogs will play at the Mocs on Oct. 20. Samford's final home game of the season is scheduled for Nov. 3, when the Bulldogs play host to Wofford. The weekend of the Wofford game will be Family Weekend on the Samford campus.
Samford will play its final two games of the regular season on the road. The Bulldogs will wrap up SoCon play with a game at Elon on Nov. 10.
Samford will finish the regular-season by taking on a Southeastern Conference opponent for the second-straight season. The Bulldogs will play at Kentucky on Nov. 17.
Below is Samford's complete 2012 football schedule.
2012 SAMFORD FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 1: Furman*
Sept. 8: West Alabama
Sept. 15: at Gardner-Webb
Sept. 22: at Western Carolina*
Sept. 29: at Georgia Southern*
Oct. 6: The Citadel*
Oct. 13: Appalachian State (HC) *
Oct. 20: at Chattanooga*
Nov. 3: Wofford (Family Weekend)*
Nov. 10: at Elon*
Nov. 17: at Kentucky
*-Southern Conference Game