College classes are back in session. The giddiness of the first day is nothing compared to the tradition of HBCU football, halftime shows and homecoming season.
No matter the beloved HBCU attended, there is a shared love across the board for the fall football season and the feelings of camaraderie, school spirit and fun that tailgating and cheering on your favorite HBCU team brings.
Classic tournaments are a staple for HBCU football, some larger than others, all serving the same purpose, showing pride for HBCU institutions of higher learning. Institutions that for hundreds of years have defied odds and continue to develop, educate and mold outstanding students.
If you are looking to get in on a little of the grid iron fun this season, here is a list of some of the popular HBCU classic football games and rivalries.
Grab your tailgating essentials and your travel bag and head out for a weekend of football and fun!
1)Down East Classic | Rocky Mount, NC
Fayetteville State vs. Elizabeth City State
September 16, 2017. Kickoff at 4p
2)Circle City Classic | Indianapolis, IN
Kentucky State vs. Central State
September 23, 2017. Kickoff at 3p
3)West End Classic | Salisbury, NC
Virginia State University vs. Livingstone College
September 30, 2017. Kickoff at 6p
4)Battle of the Bay | Hampton, VA
Hampton University vs. Norfolk State University
October 21, 2017. Kickoff at 2p
5)Magic City Classic | Birmingham, AL
Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State
October 28, 2017. Kickoff TBD
6)Florida Classic | Orlando, FL
Florida A&M University vs. Bethune Cookman University
November 18, 2017. Kickoff at 2p
7)Bayou Classic | New Orleans, LA
Southern vs. Grambling
November 25, 2017. Kickoff at 4p
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