In the unpredictable Southwestern Athletic Conference, Jackson State has been one of the few consistently successful programs.
Eighth-year coach Rick Comegy says he feels "really good about this year's team" and sees no reason why that consistency would change.
The Tigers, who are coming off an Eastern Division title last season, return eight starters on offense and another seven on defense.
Returning starting quarterback Clayton Moore, who threw for 1,863 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, is battling freshman LaMontiez Ivy for the starting job. Running backs Tommy Gooden and Rakeem Sims are also back after combining to rush for nearly 1,400 yards last season.
Cornerback Qua Cox was named the SWAC's preseason defensive player of the year after grabbing five interceptions last season.