Black College Football Classics

Black College Football Classics

Players on the field

Players getting unified of purpose before the game

Black College Football Classics are unlike other football bowl games, such as the Rose Bowl or Orange Bowl. Accompanied by parades, concerts before the game, and alumni social events that often include golf, they are black cultural institutions. Though most of the football games are outstanding, the real show is the half time Battle of the Bands. Savvy fans get their concession refills before Half Time. Black College Football Classics take place during football regular season and end of season. Established classics attract large crowds of alumni, fans, pro scouts, national sports networks and corporate sponsorships. Some classics fill up all hotel rooms in a big city. So make your travel plans early!


Palmetto Capital City Classic
9/03/16; Livingstone vs. Benedict; Columbia, SC;

John Merritt Classic
9/03/16; Alabama State vs. Tennessee State; Nashville, TN;

MEAC-SWAC Challenge
9/04/16; Arkansas Pine Bluff vs. South Carolina State; Daytona Beach, FL;

Labor Day Classic
9/04/16; Prairie View vs. Texas Southern; Houston, TX;

West End Classic
9/10/16; Edward Waters vs. Livingstone; Salisbury, NC;

Chicago Football Classic
9/10/16; Clark Atlanta vs. Central State; Chicago, IL;

Southern Heritage Classic
9/10/16; Tennessee State vs. Jackson State; Memphis, TN;

Two Rivers Classic
9/10/16; Fayetteville State vs. UNC Pembroke; Fayetteville, NC;

Nation’s Football Classic
9/17/16; Howard vs. Hampton; Washington, DC;

Down East Viking Football Classic
9/17/16; Elizabeth City State vs. Morehouse; Rocky Mount, NC;

W.C. Gorden Classic
9/17/16; Jackson State vs. Grambling; Jackson, MS; weblink

5th Quarter Classic
9/17/16; Florida A&M vs. Tuskegee; Mobile, AL; weblink

Prince Hall Masons Americanism Classic
9/24/16; Alabama State vs. Grambling State; Montgomery, AL;

Eddie McGirt Classic
9/24/16; Elizabeth City State vs. Johnson C. Smith; Charlotte, NC;

Circle City Classic
9/24/16; Central State vs. Kentucky State; Indianapolis, IN;

Black College Football Classics

A typical Battle of the Bands show at Black College Football Classics


State Fair Classic
10/01/16; Grambling vs. Prairie View A&M; Dallas, TX;

Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic
10/08/16; Tuskegee vs. Morehouse; Columbus, GA;

Boom Box Classic
10/15/16; Jackson State vs. Southern University; Jackson, MS; weblink

Magic City Classic
10/29/16; Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M; Birmingham, AL;

Augusta Classic
10/29/16; Benedict vs. Albany State; Augusta, GA;


Commemorative Classic
11/05/16; Johnson C. Smith vs. Livingstone; Salisbury, NC;

Fountain City Classic
11/05/16; Albany State vs. Fort Valley State; Columbus, GA;

Battle of the Bay
11/19/16; Norfolk State vs. Hampton; Hampton, VA;

Florida Classic
11/19/16; Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman; Orlando, FL;

Turkey Day Classic
11/21/16; Alabama State vs. Miles; Montgomery, AL;

Bayou Classic
11/26/16; Grambling State vs. Southern; New Orleans, LA;

SIAC Football Championship; TBD;

CIAA Football Championship; TBD;


SWAC Football Championship; TBD; Houston, TX;

Celebration Bowl
12/17/16; MEAC Champion vs. SWAC Champion; Atlanta, GA;

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Black College Football Classics page will be updated at the season progresses. Note that the MEAC Champion is determined by regular season record.

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