Who has the top rivalry in Black College football?

Looking back on the Classic games that have been played this year (and the ones yet to be played), I wanted to throw this question out to everyone – who has the top rivalry in Black College football?

And this doesn’t have to be limited to Classic games. In fact, some of the longest-running rivalries in Black College football have been in place long before Classic games became the norm.

Rivalries tend to bring out the passion in a football fan. If your team wins against its biggest rival, you get to talk smack for at least a year (and who doesn’t enjoy talking a little smack every now and then?)

Rivalries also tend to bring out the fans — thousands and thousands of fans. It’s likely that the two biggest crowds during the football season will be at homecoming and against the biggest rival.

So, who do you think has the top rivalry in Black College football? Most will say it’s their school against their hated rival, but is there one rivalry that most fans will agree stands above the rest? And why?

Let the discussion begin ……

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Chris

October 15th, 2009
12:35 pm

Clark Atlanta vs Morehouse. The game has history dating back to the early 1900’s and the tradition is still going. I look foward to us beating Morehouse this year.

Pacman

October 15th, 2009
12:41 pm

I would have to say that the grambling southern clash at thanksgiving is at the top of the list

PurpleHaze

October 15th, 2009
12:42 pm

Alcorn State and Jackson State

Wildgator

October 15th, 2009
12:44 pm

Fort Valley State vs Albany State

Maurice

October 15th, 2009
12:45 pm

By far-Southern U. v. Grambling State U.

Trevin

October 15th, 2009
12:46 pm

EASILY….GRAMBLING versus SOUTHERN…..everyone knows the game that they either fly to New Orleans for or sit down on watch on the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

Trevin

October 15th, 2009
12:46 pm

EASILY….GRAMBLING versus SOUTHERN…..everyone knows the game that they either fly to New Orleans for or sit down to watch on the Saturday after Thanksgiving!

LJ

October 15th, 2009
12:53 pm

I would say Tuskegee vs. Morehouse
or I could say Tuskegee vs. Alabama State

…but since Tuskegee routinely whups these inferior squads, how can we call it a rivalry? LOL

TU…You Know!

NRR

October 15th, 2009
12:53 pm

I would have to definitely say Ala. St. and Ala. A&M. Also, Grambling and Southern…the Magic City Classic and the Bayou Classic. These are the two biggest games in HBCU football.

b

October 15th, 2009
12:56 pm

Hampton VS Norfolk State

Big True

October 15th, 2009
12:59 pm

I would have to say The Valley vs. Albany in the Fountain City Classic

ann

October 15th, 2009
1:04 pm

I would say FVSC & Albany!!!!!!! Honey that is a game to see.

sarccastikFrank

October 15th, 2009
1:04 pm

Most definitely will be the Magic City Classic (Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M)….or the Turkey Day Classic (Alabama State vs. Tuskegee)…since tuskegee just start getting better…it’s actually a rivalry now….

JSU #21 Fan

October 15th, 2009
1:09 pm

I went to the first Southern vs Grambling game in the Super Dome as a family (about 13 packed into a chevy station wagon (remember the one with the wood paneling on the side) holiday event when I was a kid. And, just before Katrina, we went back again as a family (this time 50+ in separate vehilces (each child and adult really had their own seatbelt this time.)

But, while the Bayou Classic has the numbers…there’s still nothing like the original MS homestate classic…JSU vs. Alcorn State…

Go Tigers!!! RIP Wavy Dave…

rave1914

October 15th, 2009
1:18 pm

hampton vs norfolk — the battle of the bay….
they dont drink
they dont smoke
norfolk

Wildcat4life

October 15th, 2009
1:19 pm

Fort Valley vs Tuskegee

Wildcat4life

October 15th, 2009
1:20 pm

Fort Valley vs. Albany State in the Fountain City Classic, I played in this rivarly from 01-05 and it is one of the best atmospheres in black college football, it has to be up there with Ft. Valley vs. Tuskegee!!

mscutie78

October 15th, 2009
1:31 pm

This is too easy – Alabama A&M and Alabama State University – Magic City Classic held in B’ham every year on the last Saturday of October – let’s get it Bulldogs!!!!

Tiger Hearted!!!!!!!!

October 15th, 2009
1:37 pm

NO Contest! Grambling vs Southern. Everyone is familiar with the Bayou Classic and if you haven’t been, you GOTTA go! (it’s like Mardi Gras for HBCU alum) GSU Rocks the house baby!!!!!

Hurricane

October 15th, 2009
1:41 pm

FAMU vs Bethune Cookman
Tuskegee vs Alabama St.
Tuskegee vs Morehouse
Grambling vs Southern
Jackson St. vs Tennessee St.
Tennessee St. vs FAMU
Hampton vs Howard
Hampton vs Norfolk St.
Alabama A&M vs Tuskegee

FVSU_Alumni01

October 15th, 2009
1:43 pm

Fort Valley State University vs. Albany State in “ANYTHING”. Anyone who knows about these two schools really knows how deep this hate runs. The Fountain City Classic and the basketball games during the season both bring out Alumni to these schools like it’s another Homecoming. Never seen anything else like it! Go Wildcats!!!!

BHO

October 15th, 2009
1:44 pm

You must decide when discussing HBCU whether you are simply talking football or the whole experience because the battle of the bands is sometimes a bigger deal than the game and THAT is what draws the fans. The band thing is what makes HBCU unique versus major college football where it is simply about football.

Kris

October 15th, 2009
1:54 pm

Magic City Classic- Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M
Turkey Day Classic- Alabama State vs. Tuskegee

Nichole

October 15th, 2009
1:58 pm

Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State

Aristocrat2000

October 15th, 2009
2:00 pm

Tennessee State vs. FAMU
Jackson State vs. Tennessee State

The REAL HU

October 15th, 2009
2:00 pm

HOWARD UNIV (the REAL HU) vs. Hampton Univ (Institute)

THE REAL HU (HAMPTON) KID

October 15th, 2009
2:07 pm

HAMPTON VS NORFOLK ST.

Carla

October 15th, 2009
2:09 pm

Morehouse vs. CAU
Albany State vs. Fort Valley

ala girl

October 15th, 2009
2:19 pm

Two are tops:
Alabama A&M vs Alabama State
Grambling vs. Southern.

FLORDIA CLASSIC

October 15th, 2009
2:21 pm

FAMU vs Bethune Cookman

Daniel

October 15th, 2009
2:24 pm

Being from S.Ga. thirty miles from Tallahasse, Fla I would say the FAMU vs. Bethune-Cookman it regularly draws over 80,000 fans to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando,FLA.

tyger

October 15th, 2009
2:29 pm

Howard vs. Everybody!

EBM

October 15th, 2009
2:31 pm

MAGIC CITY CLASSIC! AAMU vs ASU! BULLDOGS ALL THE WAY!

Lady Rattler

October 15th, 2009
2:32 pm

FAMU vs. BCC; deep with tradition.

C

October 15th, 2009
2:33 pm

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Chris

October 15th, 2009
2:35 pm

North Carolina Central University vs NC A&T State University

Decatur 4 Life

October 15th, 2009
2:37 pm

Being a Southern Alum this is a no-brainer. There isn’t a rivalry in the nation with the tradition of the Bayou Classic and on Saturday after Thanksgiving you can’t ask for a better time.

Darryl

October 15th, 2009
2:37 pm

Albany State vs Ft. Valley State, this has been a hated rivalry for many many years and the game has always been off the da hook!!! During the beginning, Ft. Valley dominated but in the last 20 plus years or so, Albany State has dominated… Go Rams! If this game could be advertised and get some celeberty backing and moved to Atlanta, I guarantee it will be as big as the Bayou Classic.

Ernie

October 15th, 2009
2:39 pm

Easily it is the N.C. Central University vs. N.C. A&T.
Interest is so high and the passions are at such a level that until this year, the two schools couldn’t even play on each other’s campus. Plus, aside from this year’s upset, we own A&T. LOL

Ernie, NCCU ‘90

HBCU FAN

October 15th, 2009
2:40 pm

I agree with all of the comments so far. I am a Morris Brown College Graduate and love my school. I miss the Morris Brown- Clark Atlanta rivalry and the Morris Brown- Bethune Cookman games.

Reginald M

October 15th, 2009
2:42 pm

Jackson State vs Tennessee State University is hands down the best HBCU football game.
J – S – what U U U.

Erik

October 15th, 2009
2:45 pm

FAMU vs BCC or BCU (since they are a university now). Football teams and the bands go head to head.

Barry

October 15th, 2009
2:47 pm

I liked the Delaware State University (DSU) vs Howard University matchup. Howard use to be good, but DSU beat them down too much over the years to be tradition anymore.

Drew

October 15th, 2009
2:55 pm

The top one has to be the Bayou Classic (Grambling vs. Southern). Locally, Ft Valley vs Albany State is good (maybe the GA Dome should have them play here since GA Tech and UGA want to act all sissified), NC A & T and NC Central (Aggie-Eagle Classic) is another one.

Tuskeegee vs Alabama A & M? FAMU vs Bethune-Cookman?

MBC #1 FAN

October 15th, 2009
2:55 pm

I would say Morris Brown and Clark Atlanta , then Grambling vs. Southern. I hate Morris Brown is not open, because they also had the best band in the LAND.

Earl

October 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

Without a doubt NCCU vs nca&t (small case intended). This rivalry goes way beyond football. A brawl during a basketball game @ 1988-89 prevented us from holding any athletic event on one another’s campus. The school’s are located less than an hour’s drive from each other along I-85. We compete for students, prestige in the state of North Carolina, even who has the finest women. Every student from North Carolina who attends one of these schools has a close friend who attends the other. There’s no comparison!

CEE CEE

October 15th, 2009
3:31 pm

Fort Valley State & Albany State nothing like the rivalry between these to.I look forward to them playing every year. Go Wildcats!!!!!!!!!

smooth operator

October 15th, 2009
3:40 pm

Morehouse V.S. CAwho? Always been the crunkest! Morehouse College always got the best of clark, and you know it! Shout out to #82 TE from class of ‘09…you already know!

Big Dog

October 15th, 2009
3:44 pm

SC State VS NC A&T… Battle at the Borders!

NCAA Fan

October 15th, 2009
3:51 pm

First to have a rivalry, you must have a history of winning program.

Grambling vs Southern

TSU vs. FAMU

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