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 ……

109 comments Add your comment

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

A&M4Life

October 15th, 2009
3:59 pm

The Magic City Classic – Alabama A&M vs Alabama State

LAPDOG

October 15th, 2009
3:59 pm

THERE’S NO DOUBT FAMU VS BCU!!! THE LARGEST GATE, THE BEST BAND THE 100, AND FAMU IS ONE OF ONLY HBCU’S WITH 500 PLUS WIN!!!

Cool Cash

October 15th, 2009
4:55 pm

FAMU vs. BC-WHO. I’ve been going to the game all my life and it keeps getting better. Fantastic now that it’s in Orlando. I have to admit that I enjoyed Grambling vs. Southern, too, especially with the late coach Eddie Robinson the sideline.

Spartan4life

October 15th, 2009
5:10 pm

Norfolk State v. Hampton U.
The Battle of the Bay Classic!!

BLEED BLUE & GOLD

October 15th, 2009
6:34 pm

HANDS DOWN IT’S FVSU vs. ALBANY STATE, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!!!!!!!!! GO WILDCATS!!!!!!!!

Tracelyn

October 15th, 2009
6:44 pm

Grambling vs Southern…

The Big VA

October 15th, 2009
8:29 pm

The Gold Bowl – Virginia State vs. Virginia Union

charles g samuel

October 15th, 2009
9:17 pm

SC STATE VS FAMU IS A VERY BIG RIVALRY GAME AS WELL AS SCSU VS NC A&T. BOTH OF THOSE GAMES ARE VERY BIG IN THE MEAC CONFERENCE. THE SCSU VS FAMU HALFTIME SHOW WITH THE FAMU MARCHING 100 VS THE SCSU MARCHING ”101 IS WELL WORTH THE PRICE ALONE. BEING A MORRIS BROWN WOLVERINE, THE GAME AGAINST OUR BIGGEST RIVAL CLARK COLLEGE WAS A HUGE GAME AND A HEATED RIVALRY. WITHOUT QUESTION HBCU’S HAVE SOME OF THE MOST HOTLY CONTESTED RIVALRIES IN ALL OF SPORTS. GET UP FOR THE BULLDOGS.

Doug

October 15th, 2009
9:30 pm

While in high school, TSU vs. FAMU. After attending “A” Albany State vs. Ft. Valley State “Fountain City Classic” football game. Imagine playing a school with the same team colors…the football gods knew what they were doing.

Craig Johnson

October 15th, 2009
9:38 pm

It’s got to be Southern vs. Grambling. NO BLACK SCHOOL has the name recognition of Grambling (except Howard). And what other game gets a national television broadcast each year?
CJ, SU, ‘95

SavedAggie93

October 15th, 2009
10:09 pm

North Carolina A&T SU vs North Carolina Central
North Carolina A&T SU vs Florida A&M

Kenny Ray

October 15th, 2009
10:39 pm

I have witness many NCCU vs. NC A&T rumbles. The trainers were betting on how many times the meat wagon (EMT) had to come on the field to get a player. That is WAR!

Rav80 Morehouse '07

October 16th, 2009
12:23 am

Morehouse vs. CAU because they are right next to each other literally. Where Morehouse ends CAU begins. The closest College football rivalry in the entire country. The two schools share the same library, players from each team pass by each other everyday on the promenade and because of cross campus registration players from Morehouse and CAU occasionally take classes together. They are really on the same campus. That’s like if Southern and Grambling were next to each other and had to see each other EVERYDAY. This is by far the most intense HBCU Rivalry. Morehouse vs. Tuskegee is a great rivalry too. I played for Morehouse and I’ve been to many classic games but none of them match the intensity of the Morehouse vs. CAU game. Go Morehouse!!!

Rav80 Morehouse '07

October 16th, 2009
12:36 am

Morehouse vs. CAU by far is the most intense HBCU rivalry. The two schools border each other. Where Morehouse ends CAU begins. The players from both teams share the same library and constantly see each other there and on the promenade. Also because of AUC cross registration they even occasionally take classes together. It’s what would happen if they were to put Georgia and Georgia Tech right next to each other! By far the closest and most intense rivalry in HBCU as well as college football in the entire country. Morehouse vs. Tuskegee in Columbus is also a great rivalry too. As a former Morehouse Maroon Tiger Football player who played in this rivalry as well as an avid HBCU football fan and Classic game attendee no rivalry can match Morehouse vs. CAU. Go House!!!

Know-It_All

October 16th, 2009
2:35 am

The estimated crowd at last years Magic City Classic (game and tailgating) was over 100K. The Hornets had a terrible team and the Bulldogs were not much better. Think of what that number would be in a city the size of Atlanta or New Orleans.

teezy

October 16th, 2009
5:40 am

THE MAGIC CITY CLASSIC!!!!!! when you shut down a state and ALABAMA and auburn football teams leave the state you doing something. GO BULLDOGS!!!!

Otto

October 16th, 2009
7:00 am

FAMU-Bethune Cookman. Over 70,000 every year in Orlando.

sarccastikFrank

October 16th, 2009
7:24 am

let’s get it ASU Hornets!!!

Samson

October 16th, 2009
7:29 am

In a few words, who cares? Worry about your step teams.HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

The Man

October 16th, 2009
8:10 am

Howard vs. Morehouse-this rivalry needs to be restarted!

Black Panther (Huey Newton)

October 16th, 2009
8:29 am

FVSU v/s Albany St Fountain City Classic is the game to be at in the city of Columbus.

Wildcat Alumni C/O
2002
Big Blue And Gold All Day!!!!!

Peekabu

October 16th, 2009
9:45 am

Tuskegee vs. Alabama State
Its what to look forward to every Thanksgiving, eating turkey and spanking Alabama State’s butt.

Radio Listener

October 16th, 2009
10:22 am

I’m not the biggest follower of HBCU football but in my time I’d have to say Grambling/Southern, JacksonSt/AlcornSt and Hampton/NorfolkSt all stand out to me.

John

October 16th, 2009
10:41 am

Atlanta Football Classic FAMU vs TSU

BLUPHI RAM

October 16th, 2009
2:04 pm

ASU and FVSU….it aint a bout the tv exposure, or the big time name recognition. This is simply about the two schools. This is a REAL rivalry, both blue and gold, recruit from the same area. Cross ties,with spouses, children, sibligns, coworkers, frat brothers and sorors. This thing runs deep. It is an intense rivalry as it is a family affair. We when talk it is simply see you at the Classic, nothing more need to be said.

JSpearman4

October 17th, 2009
2:30 pm

The Fort Valley State University vs. Albany State University at the Fountain City Classic! Hands down, The rivarly is SO intense and it spills over into all sports. We could even play pencil pop and we still play hard. As a FVSU alum, WE SIMPLY CAN NOT STAND ALBANY STATE! That being said after the game we party together but as far as the game, CANT STAND THEM BILLY GOATS! This game is the Blue and Gold Superbowl!

Justin Spearman
FVSU
Class of 2007

TCF

October 17th, 2009
6:36 pm

As a graduate of Fort Valley, along with my mom and her sister, my grandmother and three cousins, The Fountain City Classic is a great rivalry. Not only that but my mom has hired both, Ft. Valley and Albany St. graduates at her place of employment, and the tension between the employees is intensed. I have been to the FAMU/TSU game, FAMU/BCC game, and Bayou Classic, but nothing compares to the FCC, because it’s not about notariety, only the two teams, that are the same color, and are located 45 mins apart. Doesn’t get any closer or better. All roads leads to Columbus, Ga.

Neal Scott

October 17th, 2009
7:32 pm

When you put Albany State University and Fort Valley in the same arena it’s bound to get heated!!! This rivalry draws up emotions and the atmospher is exuberant with black folks galore. The Ram faithful show up ready to talk trash to those Wildcats then send them home with a loss.
GO ASUUUUU!!!

#1 bear

October 17th, 2009
8:00 pm

Morgan vs Howard the battle of the beltway. Throw the records out and the game is always close.

js3

October 17th, 2009
8:46 pm

Thanksgiving, New Orleans. Super Dome. 73,000 in the Dome, 135,000 can not get in so they watch on national TV. The Step show, Battle of the Bands. Family and friends. Y’all tell me.

The other rivalries are also great but from the days when Coach Robinson ruled college ball the the accomplishments of Coach Richardson at SU. the games have been legendary. We have lost to great Grambling teams and beat great teams when we had down years. That is what rivalry is all about … throw out the record … they coming at us and we coming to get them. then after the weekend … the Smack for the rest of the year.

2ndGenBulldog

October 18th, 2009
1:50 am

THE Bulldogs of South Carolina State University v. The World. Lord help me the day we lose. I’m so used to winning. I’m spoiled.

LmR51090

October 18th, 2009
7:34 am

COME ON NOW……….. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THE “MAGIC CITY CLASSIC” (ALABAMA A&M VS. ALABAMA ST.) IS THE TOP HBCU CLASSIC AND WILL ALWAYS BE…… U GOT THE BIG PARAD, THE PEP RALLYS, THE TAILGATING, AND THE CELEBRITIES EVERY YEAR.

BILLY-skegee51

October 18th, 2009
12:55 pm

The Bayou Classic.
TURKEY DAY CLASSIC-TUSKEGEE v. ALABAMA STATE
note: ANY SCHOOL TUSKEGEE PLAYED,BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO BEAT US SO BAD!!!!..LOL..LOL
MAGIC CITY CLASSIC
TUSKEGEE-MOREHOUSE CLASSIC-the oldest classic(88yrs.+)to replace the auburn v. uga game that was played there.
FAMU v.B-CC
TSU-JSU
GRAMBLING STATE V.MORGAN STATE-1st major classic that was considered a classic-others were as stated rivalries,that turn into CLASSIC status.
HAMPTON- N.STATE
ALBANY STATE-FORT VALLEY
NCSU-FAYETTEVILLE STATE U.

Sebo

October 18th, 2009
4:04 pm

The only important rivalry is Jackson State vs Alcorn State.

Get Real!

October 19th, 2009
3:43 pm

It Figures….strictly SWAC and SIAC teams and the three southern schools they recognize from the MEAC..FAMU, BCC and SCSU. Shallow posters.

McNeil

October 19th, 2009
5:08 pm

Well the Morehouse Morris Brown WAS my favorite…
The Classic between Alabama A&M and Alabama State is RAW UNCUT UNADULTERATED FUN!!!!
BUT for 2009 Morehouse vs Clark on our Homecoming…. Its the one!!!

Truth Teller

October 20th, 2009
3:00 am

THE BAYOU CLASSIC!!!! Southern University vs Grambling State University!!! Not only is it historical; it’s phenomenal!!!! The JAGUAR NATION Loves Our JAGS!!!!

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Tokunboh Adeshile

October 22nd, 2009
10:00 am

It’s got to be the FCC. Ain’t nothing like it. The hate runs deep between these two schools. Albany St vs Fort Valley. I was apart of this classic from 97-00. Man, just to see the sidelines, rain, hail, sleet or snow it’s going to be packed. Let’s go Albany St, The Real Blue & Gold. CO ‘01

GaRattler

October 23rd, 2009
11:45 am

The Florida Classic; FAMU-VS-BCC is by far the best classic in HBCU football. This classic has it all. Two of the best bands in ALL of college football. 70,000 excited fans. Tailgates that are out of this world. A-list talent. A whole week of events. The Bayou Classic doesn’t compare!!!

DHOUSE

October 23rd, 2009
1:28 pm

Morehouse vs. CAU. Bring back the “The House” vs. Howard.

leroy thompson

October 24th, 2009
1:53 pm

I laugh at all these so called rivalries…….yall have no idea what a rivalry is until you come down 85 to Columbus the 1st Saturday of every November and watch the wild kittens of FVSU get mollywhooped by the MIGHTY GOLDEN RAMS of “THE” ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY. Its so much hatred between these schools. FVSU wants to be ASU so bad, they built a stadium like us, they built dorms like us, they even went as far as hired our coach to be like “WINNERS” and yet they still cant come close to ASU……the SIAC is our conference and we will reign supreme !!!!!!!!!!!!!

FORTY VALLEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY aint ISH!!!!!!!!!!!

see ya on the 7th……

Barbi

October 24th, 2009
8:08 pm

I don’t why Hampton thinks they are the real HU when history speaks that they were INITIALLY called INSTITUTE until some years ago. Obviously, they have don’t know their own history. I just laugh at them because they are no way near to being the real HU with their dress code policy. It will ALWAYS be Howard !!!!! — Pretty much we’re the Alpha of most things! They finally got the University behind their names and think when people say HU, they are thinking of Hampton — sorry, but they are thinking of Howard. Unfortunately, people still refer to them as a ONE name school, Hampton and not Hampton University. They have issues!!!! LOL LOL They get no respect for HBCU’s located in an unwelcoming dull of a city. LOL LOL !!!!

norris19

October 27th, 2009
8:52 pm

ITS GRAMBLING STATE VS SOUTHERN

BigSarge

October 29th, 2009
12:01 am

Please! Bethune-Cookman vs FAMU!

BigSarge

October 29th, 2009
12:05 am

Ahem! Bethune-Cookman UNIVERSITY, not ‘college’! Ya gots to keep up!

Key

October 30th, 2009
9:50 pm

“”"GOSH”"”"Where are you people getting all of these comments. How can you think about putting any other rivery above the Grambling vs. Southern rivery in the Bayou Classic? Im not saying that the other schools don’t have riveries. But stop answering questions with your heart, and start answering with your brain. I didn’t go to either one of the universities, but all of us black people know that the Bayou Classic is the biggest black college rivery of the year.

KK

October 30th, 2009
9:51 pm

“”"GOSH”"”"Where are you people getting all of these comments. How can you think about putting any other rivery above the Grambling vs. Southern rivery in the Bayou Classic? Im not saying that the other schools don’t have riveries. But stop answering questions with your heart, and start answering with your brain. I didn’t go to either one of the universities, but all of us black people know that the Bayou Classic is the biggest black college rivery of the year.

tony

November 2nd, 2009
10:26 am

Magic City Classic, we showed why again this weekend…tailgating….crowds…celebrites and a great game…A&M 21-7

Go Rams

November 4th, 2009
10:43 am

ESPN should televise the ASU vs FVSU game. This is the rivalry of all rivalries!!! Its the type of atmosphere most people crave in HBCU football. I just wish the HBCUs would receive the same treatment as other entities. However I’m very grateful that AJC is including the HBCUs in your reporting.

Christopher Levy

November 5th, 2009
3:20 pm

A TRUE RIVALRY/Classic!!!

THE BAYOU CLASSIC is the Biggest, Most anticipated, Most distinguishable “SPORTING EVENT” in all of Black America.

The BC economic impact is 200 million!
http://www.gram.edu/economic_impact/?p=48

*Since 1991 the BC has been televised on network television! ~BC watch parties across the nation lol~
*An estimated 200,000 alumni, students, and fans flood the Big Easy for a Weekend full of School pride and tradition…

For your enjoyment:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_1_59/ai_110361368/

“Unquestionably the most colorful manifestation in the annals of Black College Football

Kaye

November 9th, 2009
6:52 pm

Okay everybody….The best in the land is:
FAMU vs BCC (I know they are BCU…but they will always be BCC to me) The game brings good vendors, tailgating and althought the fans both want their teams to win they even get along.
Strike rattlers strike

Principal

November 10th, 2009
4:33 pm

TUSKEGEE vs. Alabama State University. Next time ASU wants to steal a game from TU…ask us for the MONEY!

TSU Tiger for life

November 27th, 2009
10:29 am

TSU vs FAMU and TSU vs Jackson State University

Harlem Rennaisance

November 28th, 2009
6:14 pm

With all due respect to the following classics: Bayou, Florida, Circle City, Magic City, and several others, let us never forget that the oldest, according actual records, is the Livingstone (NC) vs. Biddle (now known as J.C. Smith) rivalry this battle goes back to the late 1880s/early 1890s. Having said that, another venerable rivalry is the Howard vs. Morgan rivalry. It’s akin to Duke vs. UNC in basketball. The two institutions are only 30 to 40 miles apart and have been butting heads since 1899. It’s also a mythical class battle: white collar DC vs. blue collar Baltimore; “pretentious” Howard vs. “unpretentious” Morgan. Look it up.

OmegaBear ‘84

RONC

November 29th, 2009
11:38 pm

THOSE WHOSE ANSWER WAS ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE BAYOU CLASSIC, HAS NEVER BEEN TO ONE.

Drew

December 14th, 2009
7:18 pm

FAMU vs BCU If the Wildcats get back on the Prowl

Rattler 4 Life

December 28th, 2009
6:08 pm

FAMU beat BCU 42 – 6

The 59,418 fans that showed up at the Florida Citrus Bowl Saturday for the 30th anniversary Florida Classic clash between Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman came hoping to see 60 minutes of football that lived up to the milestone moment.

Only one side wound up having much to cheer about, though.

Riding the play of freshman quarterback and first-time starter Martin Ukpai, the Rattlers didn’t miss a beat playing without injured starter Curtis Pulley as they plowed over the Wildcats 42-6.

The win was the Rattlers’ second straight blowout Classic win, following a 58-35 victory last season.

It also kept alive FAMU’s hopes of getting an at-large bid to the Division I-AA tournament. Those aspirations had taken big hit after a 25-0 loss to struggling Hampton last week.

But whether the Rattlers’ get a postseason invite or not, the season will go down as a successful one for second-yard coach Joe Taylor, who is now 17-6 since taking over the program in 2008.

Meanwhile, the loss handed Bethune-Cookman veteran coach Alvin Wyatt his first losing season since 2007, when the Wildcats finished 5-6. It’s just the third losing season of his 13-year tenure in Daytona.

Ukpai did damage from both the air and ground. He finished the day completing 8-of-11 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. He also added an 11-yard touchdown run. Ukpai got help from junior running back Phillip Sylvester, who carried 19 times for 121 yards and two scores.

Bethune-Cookman never really got much offensive traction Saturday and was done in by many of the same turnover and penalty mistakes that plagued it during and 0-4 start to 2009.

FAMU’s defense held Bethune under 30 yards rushing through three quarters and intercepted Wildcat quarterbacks Mathew Johnson and Maurice Francois three times.

After dominating the first half, FAMU continued to push the Wildcats around at the start of the third quarter.

The Rattlers needed just two plays on its first passion of the period, going up 35-0 via a 42-yard touchdown scamper by Phillip Sylvester with 12:03 that quickly stifled any hopes of a Bethune comeback.

Bethune did finally get on the scoreboard with 6:57 left in the game via a 1-yard touchdown run by Androse Bell, but it was way too late.

FAMU led 28-0 at halftime and pretty much had its way in the opening 30 minutes…

Both teams started the game by trading punts, but the FAMU got things going on its second drive of the afternoon.

Starting on the B-CU 43-yardline, the Rattlers used a 20-yard pass from Ukpai to Jarvis Funderburk and a 15-yard run by Ukpai to set a 1st-and-goal on the Wildcats’ 5. Sylvester scored on the next play to make it 7-0 with 6:53 left in the first quarter.

Bethune went three-and-out on the next series, which became a first half theme. FAMU took over and pounded out an eight-play, 69-yard drive capped by a 2-yard Mykel Benson touchdown plunge to make it 14-0.

FAMU grew that lead to three scores following the Wildcats’ fourth straight three-and-out series of the half. This time Ukpai made the drive with his feet, escaping for a 10-yard run early in the drive and then dancing through the middle of the Wildcats defense for an 11-yard score with 5:49 left in the second quarter.

Bethune’s made its first real progress of the game on the ensuing drive. The Wildcats picked up their first two first downs of the afternoon and were successful on a 4th-and-19 inside the FAMU 35-yardline with under a minute to play.

But misfortune quickly returned. Wildcats’ quarterback Matthew Johnson was intercepted on the next play by cornerback Curtis Holcomb on the 2-yardline.Holcomb returned it 74 yards and set up a 1-yard touchdown pass from Ukpai to Kevin Elliott with 24 seconds left. .

AAMU beat ASU 27 – 7
The 68th annual Magic City Classic was hardly a classic at all.

It was a clinic.

Alabama A&M scored in the first 18 seconds and spent the next 59:42 alternately chewing up yardage on offense and pinning down Alabama State University for a 21-7 win at Legion Field on Saturday before an announced crowd of 55,322.

“We just came out and played the way we can and our offense clicked as well,” said A&M junior linebacker Afu Okosun, named the game’s defensive MVP after leading a Bulldogs’ defense that held the SWAC’s second-best team in total offense to a season-low 180 yards.

“We were big on shutting down the run and that starts with the defensive line. We just came in and did what we do all year and that’s make plays up front.”

The win was A&M’s fifth straight over ASU and bumped the Bulldogs to a 35-30-3 advantage in the Classic. More importantly, it put A&M (5-3 overall) in a first-place tie in the SWAC’s East Division with Jackson State at 2-2. ASU dropped to 1-4 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference East division and 4-4 overall.

“I thought we could be in first place alone after today,” said A&M coach Anthony Jones. “We didn’t play as we could have, but in all, it was a complete win.”

The complete plan for the complete win started with mixing things up on both sides of the ball. Freshman quarterback Deaunte Mason was named the starter 12 days ago by Jones, but whether he would start vs. the Bulldogs’ arch-rival was kept a secret until a few hours before the game.

And on the first play from scrimmage, Mason and wide receiver Thomas Harris bloodied the nose of ASU’s defense with a 57-yard touchdown pass that caught the Hornets back on their heels.

“It was a special play put in for this game,” said Harris, who finished with seven catches for 157 yards. “They came in with a Cover 2 scheme and I ran a post-corner route. The safety had to make a decision where to cover and when he did, I was open.”

That was only part of Jones’ plan.

“We knew we could only get away with it once,” said Jones. “We came at them with a new quarterback in a new set and that was a lot.”

But the change on offense was only half the equation. The defense also changed its look on the line and kept ASU off-balance.

“They did some different things and changed the look up front and we just struggled to run,” said ASU quarterback Anthony Speight, who accounted for 139 of ASU’s 180 total offense — 40 rushing on 14 carries and 99 passing, completing 10-of-24 with an interception. “It made it difficult to be as balanced as we wanted.”

A&M didn’t find balance either, but it didn’t matter as Mason, the game’s offensive MVP, was 21-of-32 for 273 yards and two touchdowns — the second a 22-yarder thrown off his back foot to Harris running parallel to the goal line at the 3, then breaking three tackles to score. The Bulldogs got their other TD in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Ulysses Banks.

ASU’s only score was a 22-yard Speight to Nicholas Andrews TD in the second quarter that tied the score at 7-7.

“We just never got into any sort of a groove,” said ASU coach Reggie Barlow. “We didn’t run the ball well, didn’t protect the quarterback well … we never got into a groove.”

Much of that came from A&M’s decision to change things up and keep the Hornets off balance.

“We put a speed package in on offense and ran a hurry-up offense so they couldn’t figure out what our sets were,” said Harris. “We just wanted to come out hard and keep the momentum going. That first touchdown woke us up and we just kept with the momentum.”

The 68th annual Magic City Classic was hardly a classic at all.

It was a clinic.

Alabama A&M scored in the first 18 seconds and spent the next 59:42 alternately chewing up yardage on offense and pinning down Alabama State University for a 21-7 win at Legion Field on Saturday before an announced crowd of 55,322.

“We just came out and played the way we can and our offense clicked as well,” said A&M junior linebacker Afu Okosun, named the game’s defensive MVP after leading a Bulldogs’ defense that held the SWAC’s second-best team in total offense to a season-low 180 yards.

“We were big on shutting down the run and that starts with the defensive line. We just came in and did what we do all year and that’s make plays up front.”

The win was A&M’s fifth straight over ASU and bumped the Bulldogs to a 35-30-3 advantage in the Classic. More importantly, it put A&M (5-3 overall) in a first-place tie in the SWAC’s East Division with Jackson State at 2-2. ASU dropped to 1-4 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference East division and 4-4 overall.

“I thought we could be in first place alone after today,” said A&M coach Anthony Jones. “We didn’t play as we could have, but in all, it was a complete win.”

The complete plan for the complete win started with mixing things up on both sides of the ball. Freshman quarterback Deaunte Mason was named the starter 12 days ago by Jones, but whether he would start vs. the Bulldogs’ arch-rival was kept a secret until a few hours before the game.

And on the first play from scrimmage, Mason and wide receiver Thomas Harris bloodied the nose of ASU’s defense with a 57-yard touchdown pass that caught the Hornets back on their heels.

“It was a special play put in for this game,” said Harris, who finished with seven catches for 157 yards. “They came in with a Cover 2 scheme and I ran a post-corner route. The safety had to make a decision where to cover and when he did, I was open.”

That was only part of Jones’ plan.

“We knew we could only get away with it once,” said Jones. “We came at them with a new quarterback in a new set and that was a lot.”

But the change on offense was only half the equation. The defense also changed its look on the line and kept ASU off-balance.

“They did some different things and changed the look up front and we just struggled to run,” said ASU quarterback Anthony Speight, who accounted for 139 of ASU’s 180 total offense — 40 rushing on 14 carries and 99 passing, completing 10-of-24 with an interception. “It made it difficult to be as balanced as we wanted.”

A&M didn’t find balance either, but it didn’t matter as Mason, the game’s offensive MVP, was 21-of-32 for 273 yards and two touchdowns — the second a 22-yarder thrown off his back foot to Harris running parallel to the goal line at the 3, then breaking three tackles to score. The Bulldogs got their other TD in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Ulysses Banks.

ASU’s only score was a 22-yard Speight to Nicholas Andrews TD in the second quarter that tied the score at 7-7.

“We just never got into any sort of a groove,” said ASU coach Reggie Barlow. “We didn’t run the ball well, didn’t protect the quarterback well … we never got into a groove.”

Much of that came from A&M’s decision to change things up and keep the Hornets off balance.

“We put a speed package in on offense and ran a hurry-up offense so they couldn’t figure out what our sets were,” said Harrisout hard and keep the momentum going. That first touchdown woke us up and we just kept with the momentum.”

MJA

January 1st, 2010
10:01 pm

I know I’m late on the talk, but my choice is the FAMU/TSU Atl Classic. Even though for last few years it’s been one sided with FAMU winning, but the games have usually been good. Can’t beat the capital cities of TN and FL playing in capital city of GA!

For in state FVSU/ASU Fountain city classic…usually this game has always determined the SIAC champ

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