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2019 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!


John Merritt Classic
8/31/19; Mississippi Valley State vs. Tennessee State; Nashville, TN;


MEAC-SWAC Challenge
9/01/19; Bethune-Cookman vs. Jackson State; Atlanta, GA;

Jake Gaither Classic
9/01/19; Florida A&M vs. Fort Valley State; Tallahassee, FL;

Atlantic Union Bank Battle of the States
9/07/19; Norfolk State vs. Virginia State; Norfolk, VA;

Labor Day Classic
9/07/19; Tuskegee University vs. Alabama State; Memphis, TN;

Louis Crews Classic
9/07/19; Alabama A&M vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff; Huntsville, AL; weblink

Southern Heritage Classic
9/14/19; Tennessee State vs. Jackson State; Memphis, TN;

Chicago Football Classic
9/14/19; Howard vs. Hampton; Chicago, IL;

Eddie McGirt Classic
9/14/19; Johnson C. Smith vs. Benedict; Charlotte, NC;

West End Classic
9/14/19; Livingstone College vs. Elizabeth City State; Salisbury, NC;

Augusta City Classic
9/21/19; Benedict vs. Savannah State; Augusta, GA;

Lucille Brown Youth Bowl
9/28/19; Virginia Union vs. Winston-Salem State; Richmond, VA;

Down East Viking Football Classic
9/28/19; Elizabeth City State vs. Florida State; Rocky Mount, NC;

Circle City Classic
9/28/19; Kentucky State vs. Jackson State; Indianapolis, IN;

Upstate HBCU Classic
9/28/19; Fort Valley State vs. Benedict; Columbia, SC;

Gulf Coast Challenge
9/28/19; Alabama A&M vs. Central State; Mobile, AL;

State Fair Classic
9/28/19; Grambling vs. Prairie View A&M; Dallas, TX;


Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic
10/12/19; Tuskegee vs. Morehouse; Columbus, GA;

State Fair Showdown
10/19/19; Texas Southern vs. Southern; Dallas, TX;

Whitewater Classic
10/26/19; Tuskegee vs. Lane; Phenix City, AL;

Magic City Classic
10/26/19; Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M; Birmingham, AL;


Commemorative Classic
11/09/19; Johnson C. Smith vs. Livingstone; Charlotte, NC;

Raleigh Classic
11/09/19; Shaw vs. St. Augustine’s; Raleigh, NC

Fountain City Classic
11/09/19; Albany State vs. Fort Valley State; Columbus, GA;

CIAA Championship
11/16/19; CIAA North Champion vs. CIAA South Champion; Salem, VA

SIAC Championship
11/16/19; SIAC East Champion vs. SIAC West Champion;

Florida Classic
11/23/19; Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman; Orlando, FL;

Soul Bowl
11/23/19; Jackson State vs. Alcorn State; Jackson, MS;

St. Louis Heritage Classic
11/23/19; Kentucky State vs. Lincoln (MO); St. Louis, MO;

Turkey Day Classic
11/28/19; Alabama State vs. Prairie View A&M; Montgomery, AL;

Bayou Classic
11/30/19; Grambling State vs. Southern; New Orleans, LA;


SIAC Football Championship; TBD;

SWAC Football Championship
12/7/19; TBD; Houston, TX;

Celebration Bowl
12/21/19; SWAC Champion vs. MEAC Champion; Atlanta, GA;