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Top 10 Black College Football Classics for 2017!

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The Drum Major!

It is Black College Football Season!

HBCU Football Classic season is just around the corner.  This will begin the great debate in the Black Community.  Who has the best band and the baddest Majorette Dancers!  Which Drum Major and Drumline has the best show?   Fall is the time to tailgate, reunite and party with our friends from HBCUs.  It does not matter if you went to an HBCU or not.  You can adopt a school and team or a team and school can draft you! Some of us work with people who attended an HBCU.  Others moved into an area where there is an HBCU.  It does not really matter because deep down we root for all the HBCUs.

Alcorn State University's Golden Girls

BCC vs Grambling

BCC vs Grambling

Here is the official Blacks Who Travel Top 10 HBCU Football Classics for 2017.  This list is based on a combination of many things.  None of which are scientific!  We based it on the Football Teams in the game.  The city in which the game is in.  The Alumni Associations and the ability of those teams to attract a crowd; Each school’s band; The majorette dancers; The Parties thrown by each school.  The weather in the city of the game.  The tailgate parties thrown for the event.  The number of vendors for the event and how long the Classic has been played.  In other words, we picked what looked like it would be a fun weekend!

The official, Blacks Who Travel
Top 10 HBCU FOOTBALL Classics for 2017
The Halftime Show

The Halftime Show

1.   MEAC/SWAC CHALLENGE                  September 4th - 12:00 p.m.


Alcorn State Vs. Bethune-Cookman

2.   LABOR DAY CLASSIC                    September 2nd - 8:00 p.m.

Houston, TX

Prairie View Vs. Texas Southern

3.   SOUTHERN HERITAGE CLASSIC            September 9th - 6:00 p.m.


Tennessee State Vs. Jackson State

4.   CIRCLE CITY CLASSIC                  September 23th - 3:00 p.m.


Kentucky State Vs. Central State

5.   STATE FAIR CLASSIC                   October 7st - 4:00 p.m.


Prairie View A&M Vs. Grambling State

6.   TUSKEGEE-MOREHOUSE CLASSIC           October 7th - 2:00 p.m.


Tuskegee Vs. Morehouse

7.   MAGIC CITY CLASSIC                   October 28th - TBA


Alabama A&M Vs. Alabama State

8.   FLORIDA BLUE FLORIDA CLASSIC         November 18th - TBD


Bethune-Cookman Vs. Florida A&M

9.   BATTLE OF THE REAL “HU”              November 18th – 1:00 p.m.


Howard Vs Hampton

10.        BAYOU CLASSIC                  November 25th - 4:00 p.m.


Southern Vs. Grambling State
The Sonic Boom of the South

The Sonic Boom of the South

Southern University

Southern University

Football season is about to begin.  Football training camps are opening this week across the country.  In Black Colleges, the Bands are starting their training and getting ready for the competition season!  It is time to settle it once and for all, who has the best Marching Band and who has the baddest Majorette Dancers! People have their favorites usually based on where they went to school, who they are married to or where they live.   All I know is that the classics are a lot of fun.  Not just the game or even the Battle of the Bands.  The whole weekend!  Have fun everybody and enjoy!

Want more information about Black College Football read, Blacks Who Travel’s “Everything you want to know about attending the HBCU Classic“.  

List of All Classics for 2017
HBCU Football Classics

HBCU Football Classics

Date Home Visitor Location Status Event
8/26/17  Florida A&M vs.  Texas Southern @ Tallahassee, FL

Bragg Memorial Stadium

6:00pm ET Jake Gaither Classic
9/2/17  Cheyney vs.  Lincoln (PA) @ Cheyney, PA

O’Shields Stevenson Stadium

1:00pm ET Battle of the First
 Texas College vs.  Lane @ Tyler, TX

Tyler Rose Stadium

12:00pm CT CME Classic
 Langston vs.  Lincoln (MO) @ Langston, OK

W.E. Anderson Stadium

2:00pm CT LU Classic
 Benedict vs.  Livingstone @ Columbia, SC

Charlie Johnson Stadium

5:00pm ET Capital City Classic
 Duke vs.  NC Central @ Durham, NC

Wallace Wade Stadium

6:00pm ET Bull City Gridiron Classic
 Norfolk State vs.  Virginia State @ Norfolk, VA

William “Dick” Price Stadium

6:00pm ET Labor Day Classic
 Towson vs.  Morgan State @ Towson, MD

Johnny Unitas Stadium

6:00pm ET Battle for Greater Baltimore
 Texas Southern vs.  Prairie View A&M @ Houston, TX

BBVA Compass Stadium

8:00pm CT Labor Day Classic
9/3/17  Southern vs.  SC State @ Baton Rouge, LA

A.W. Mumford Stadium

1:30pm CT 2017 MEAC/SWAC Challenge  


9/9/17  Winston-Salem State vs.  Bowie State @ Winston-Salem, NC

Bowman Gray Stadium

4:00pm ET Winston-Salem Classic  


 Tuskegee vs.  Albany State @ Phenix City, AL 5:00pm CT White Water Classic  


 Jackson State vs.  Tennessee State @ Memphis, TN

Liberty Bowl

6:00pm CT 28th Southern Heritage Classic
 NC Central vs.  Shaw @ Durham, NC

O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium

6:00pm ET Prince Hall Shriners Diabetes Classic
9/16/17  Virginia Union vs.  Winston-Salem State @ Richmond, VA

Hovey Field

1:00pm ET Willard Bailey Classic
 Elizabeth City State vs.  Fayetteville State @ Rocky Mount, NC 4:00pm ET 20th Down East Viking Football Classic
9/23/17  Virginia Union vs.  Fayetteville State @ Richmond, VA

Hovey Field

1:00pm ET Community Youth Bowl

HOF Weekend

 Langston vs.  Bacone @ Oklahoma City, OK

Douglas High School

2:00pm CT OKC Classic
 Kentucky State vs.  Central State @ Indianapolis, In

Lucas Oil Stadium

3:00pm ET Circle City Classic
 Miles vs.  Morehouse @ Fairfield, AL

Sloan-Alumni Stadium

5:00pm CT Prince Hall Americanism Football Classic
 Alabama A&M vs.  Texas Southern @ Huntsville, AL

Louis Crews Stadium

6:00pm CT Louis Crews Classic  

WJAB 90.9

9/30/17  Grambling State vs.  Clark Atlanta @ Chicago, IL

Soldier Field

3:30pm CT 20th Chicago Football Classic
 Tennessee State vs.  Eastern Illinois @ Nashville, TN

Nissan Stadium

6:00pm CT John Merritt Classic
10/7/17  Morehouse vs.  Tuskegee @ Columbus, GA

McClung Stadium

2:00pm ET 82nd Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic
 Prairie View A&M vs.  Grambling State @ Dallas, TX 4:00pm CT State Fair Classic
10/14/17  Langston vs.  Texas College @ Tulsa, OK 2:00pm CT Black Wall Street Classic
 Norfolk State vs.  Hampton @ Norfolk, VA

William “Dick” Price Stadium

2:00pm ET Battle of the Bay

Parents’ Weekend/Greek Day

 Jackson State vs.  Tuskegee @ Mobile, AL

Ladd-Peebles Stadium

6:00pm CT Fifth Quarter Classic
10/28/17  Grambling State vs.  Texas Southern @ Grambling, LA

Robinson Stadium

4:00pm CT Red River Classic
 Alabama State vs.  Alabama A&M @ Birmingham, AL

Legion Field

TBA 76th Magic City Classic  

WJAB 90.9 |  – ASU Stream

11/4/17  Livingstone vs.  Johnson C. Smith @ Salisbury, NC

Alumni Memorial Stadium

1:00pm ET Commemorative Classic
 Albany State vs.  Fort Valley State @ Columbus, GA

McClung Stadium

2:00pm ET 28th Fountain City Classic
11/11/17 SIAC East Champion vs. SIAC West Champion @ Montgomery, AL

Cramton Bowl

7:00pm CT SIAC Championship
CIAA North Champion vs. CIAA South Champion @ Salem, VA

Salem Stadium

TBA CIAA Football Championship
11/18/17  Hampton vs.  Howard @ Hampton, VA

Armstrong Stadium

1:00pm ET Battle of the Real HU

Military Appreciation/Senior Day  

Pirate TV-$

 Bethune-Cookman vs.  Florida A&M @ Orlando, FL

Camping World Stadium

TBA Florida Blue Florida Classic
11/23/17  Alabama State vs.  Cheyney @ Montgomery, AL

ASU Stadium

2:00pm CT 94th Turkey Day Classic  

ASU Stream

11/25/17  Grambling State vs.  Southern @ New Orleans, LA

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

4:00pm CT Bayou Classic
12/2/17 SWAC East Champion vs. SWAC West Champion @ Houston, TX

NRG Stadium

TBA SWAC Championship
12/16/17 MEAC Representative vs. SWAC Representative @ Atlanta, GA

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

12:00pm ET Celebration Bowl  


Howard University Ooh La La Girls

Howard University Ooh La La Girls

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Bill Collins is a former Army Officer turned veteran traveler. I have traveled to 34 different Countries mainly concentrated in Central & Latin America and have spent the last 16 years exploring the Caribbean Islands.

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