Black College Football Classics

Players on the field

Players getting unified of purpose before the game

2018 Black College Football Classics

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. 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!


Labor Day Classic
9/01/18; Tuskegee University vs. Alabama State; Memphis, TN;

Jake Gaither Classic
9/01/18; Florida A&M vs. Fort Valley State; Tallahassee, FL;

Union Bank & Trust Labor Day Classic
9/01/18; Norfolk State vs. Virginia State; Norfolk, VA;

Louis Crews Classic
9/01/18; Alabama A&M vs. Miles; Huntsville, AL;

John Merritt Classic
9/01/18; Bethune-Cookman vs. Tennessee State; Nashville, TN;

MEAC-SWAC Challenge
9/02/18; Prairie View A&M vs. North Carolina Central; Atlanta, GA;

Southern Heritage Classic
9/08/18; Tennessee State vs. Jackson State; Memphis, TN;

Winston-Salem Classic
9/08/18; Winston-Salem State vs. Catawba; Winston-Salem, NC;

Bayou Classic
9/08/18; Tuskegee vs. Albany State; Phenix City, AL;

Eddie McGirt Classic
9/08/18; Johnson C. Smith vs. Benedict; Charlotte, NC;

Okefenokee Classic
9/08/18; Fort Valley State vs. Valdosta State; Waycross, GA;

Whitewater Classic
9/08/18; Tuskegee vs. Albany State; Albany, GA

Down East Viking Football Classic
9/15/18; Elizabeth City State vs. Winston-State State; Rocky Mount, NC;

Circle City Classic
9/22/18; Howard vs. Bethune-Cookman; Indianapolis, IN;

Palmetto Capital City Classic
9/23/18; Fort Valley State vs. Benedict; Columbia, SC;

Chicago Football Classic
9/22/18; Morehouse vs. Miles; Chicago, IL;

West End Classic
9/22/18; Livingstone College vs. Lincoln (PA); Salisbury, NC;

Gulf Coast Challenge
9/22/18; Alabama A&M vs. Southern; Mobile, AL;

W.C. Gorden Classic
9/29/18; Jackson State vs. Alabama A&M; Jackson, MS;

State Fair Classic
9/29/18; Grambling vs. Prairie View A&M; Dallas, TX;

Black College Football Classics

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


Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic
10/06/18; Tuskegee vs. Morehouse; Columbus, GA;

Magic City Classic
10/27/18; Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M; Birmingham, AL;


Commemorative Classic
11/03/18; Johnson C. Smith vs. Livingstone; Charlotte, NC;

Raleigh Classic
11/03/18; Shaw vs. St. Augustine’s; Raleigh, NC

Fountain City Classic
11/03/18; Albany State vs. Fort Valley State; Columbus, GA;

Florida Classic
11/17/18; Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman; Orlando, FL;

Turkey Day Classic
11/22/18; Alabama State vs. Mississippi Valley State; Montgomery, AL;

Bayou Classic
11/24/18; Grambling State vs. Southern; New Orleans, LA;

SIAC Football Championship; TBD;

CIAA Football Championship; TBD;


SWAC Football Championship; TBD; Houston, TX;

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Black College Football Classics page will be updated at the season progresses.

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    Loved “colored night” at all those wonderful midwest rinks. It was definitely NOT an insult…but an anticipated weekly opportunity to “party”, playing all “our” jamming music. Every rink had a different night so we traveled all over just to skate, party, & see cool, beautiful black folks from all over in one place.

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