Get ready for a feast in 2021 if you crave the spectacle that is HBCU games on television or streamed over the internet.
That’s because a record will be set as over 120 football games are to be either televised or streamed this upcoming 2021 fall season. Games are set for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Nine games can seen during each of five weeks with another five weeks with double-digit (ten or 11) broadcasts. Just about every game you want to see can be seen in 2021.
This year – God-willing and the Delta Variant doesn’t rise to stop it – HBCU football is in the throes of a resurgence.
The way we were
Think back, if you’re old enough – and you probably aren’t – to 1968 when Grambling played Morgan State in Yankee Stadium. The sport, the first-ever HBCU gridiron contest performed in NY city and the primary on the hallowed baseball cathedral, made nationwide headlines and drew mega consideration to HBCU soccer.
It was part of the genius of Grambling SID extraordinare Collie Nicholson, the person who together with Grambling President Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, head coach Eddie Robinson and the famed Grambling Marching Band, was chargeable for making Grambling a family title all through America.
Via Nicholson’s advertising prowess, the G-Males had a spotlight present that aired on 95 stations within the U. S. and 50 armed forces stations all over the world every Sunday, the day after a Grambling sport. It was earlier than there was an ESPN or Black Leisure Tv (BET). Grambling turned to black America what Notre Dame, who had an identical spotlight present, was to the remainder of the nation.
Serving to set the HBCU Buffet
Nicholson additionally booked the Tigers into the LA Coliseum and nearly each main NFL venue and even took the G-Males and Morgan State unto Tokyo, Japan (1976) and placed on Grambling vs. Temple there a 12 months later. Nicholson is taken into account the founding father of the Bayou Traditional (Grambling vs. Southern within the New Orleans Tremendous Dome at season’s finish).
He didn’t invent black school traditional video games however he actually expanded them, even unto Hawaii. Learn Michael Hurd’s e book about him entitled, “Collie J: Grambling’s Man with the Golden Pen.”
These have been the heady days of black school soccer.
These days are dawning once more.
Sure, the behemoth often known as ESPN has hogged, and I imply hogged, the protection. However, for $5.99 a month (the value for ESPN+ that’s carrying a boatload of the video games), nicely . . . , you possibly can’t beat it. There, I stated it.
So get your TV, your smartphone, your pill, your watch, no matter you’re going to look at it on prepared ’trigger it’s about to go down!!
The matchups are Oh! so delicious!
A superb entree
This weekend, on Saturday, August 28, Alcorn State, previously known as “The Beast of the East” in the Southwestern Athletic Conference for its dominance of the league’s Eastern Division over the last six years, debuts as a West Division power when it represents the conference in the SWAC/MEAC Challenge in Atlanta vs. North Carolina Central.
The “Week Zero” sport, as it’s known as, will air on ESPN no much less. Not ESPN 2, 3 or 14. On E-S-P-N.
Not only does Jackson State and head coach ‘Don’t call me Deion’ “Coach Prime” Sanders open in a showcase game in Miami dubbed the Orange Blossom Classic a week later on Sunday, Sept. 5 on ESPN 2. But the opponent is Florida A&M and head coach, ‘You can call me’ Willie (if you know me), Simmons as the Rattlers make their SWAC debut (after leaving the MEAC) in an opening week East Division showdown.
This sport is the rekindling of one of the vital well-known classics in black school soccer historical past began in 1933 by J. R. E. Lee Jr., the son of a Florida A&M president. The OBC was often known as the de facto black school nationwide championship sport throughout its prime and was hosted by FAMU’s legendary head coach Alonzo “Jake” Gaither.
Extra on Sunday
However maintain up! This is similar day (Solar., Sept. 5) that former NFL star Eddie George makes his debut as the brand new head coach at Tennessee State going up towards perennial SWAC powerhouse and again school soccer icon Grambling State in the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic in Canton, Ohio.
This sport comes a pair weeks after, and on the identical discipline the place 4 HBCU legends – Winston Hill of Texas Southern, Harold Carmichael of Southern, Donnie Shell of South Carolina State and Invoice Nunn Sr. of West Virginia State – were inducted into Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Fittingly, the sport will air on the NFL Community, not ESPN.
Nonetheless extra on Sunday
Additionally on Sunday, Tuskegee and Fort Valley State will go at it on ESPNU in Montgomery, Alabama in the first annual Red Tails Classic honoring the Phrase Conflict II Military Air Pressure flyers and servicemen and girls often known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
In order that’s an HBCU tripleheader on the Sunday earlier than the NFL season begins! The historical past accompanying these video games is rather like desert!
Appetizing! And we’re simply getting began.
Conflict of the Titans
Every week later, on Sept. 11, these newest NFL stars turned HBCU head coaches – Deion Sanders and Eddie George – deliver their groups (Jackson State and Tennessee State) to sq. off in Memphis on the 32nd annual Southern Heritage Classic.
The sport often attracts crowds of 40,000-plus however with the added hype of Sanders and George going at it for the primary time, it’s prone to promote out the 58,000-seat Liberty Bowl stadium. It will likely be on ESPN3.
HBCU Video games: The Meat
That’s to not point out the normal scorching tickets and sell-out crowds of over 60,000 that grace the Magic City Classic at Birmingham’s Legion Field (Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M, Oct. 30, on ESPN3), the Bayou Classic returning to the Tremendous Dome in New Orleans (Southern vs. Grambling State, Nov. 27, on NBC Sports activities Community) or the Florida Classic in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl (Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M, Nov. 20, ESPN Digital) that now strikes from the MEAC to the SWAC ledger.
We haven’t even talked about homecomings and the truth that the Biggest Homecoming on Earth, North Carolina A&T’s beloved GHOE, will match the now Massive South Aggies towards the two-time convention champion Hawks of Monmouth on Oct. 30 in Greensboro.
It’s on ESPN+ and it’s gonna be . . . Succulent!
HBCU Video games: The Actual Banquet
Now, all that is solely crucial in case you can’t get to the video games in individual. And we pray this most up-to-date spike within the virus doesn’t forestall that.
It’s on the video games the place the total course of the black nationwide pastime is served – meetin’ and greetin’, chowing down whereas tailgaitin’, swaying to the funky bands, being tripped out by the halftime reveals and inhaling and absorbing the soulful environment.
And by the way in which, there’s a sport being performed, too.
Both means, it’s a meal you don’t need to miss. Particularly in 2021.
Now feast your eyes on these!
Checklist of HBCU Video games Streamed or on TV in 2021
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28
2 p.m. Central State vs. Kentucky State in Columbus, OH ESPNU
7 p.m. Alcorn State vs. North Carolina Central in Atlanta ESPN
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
6 p.m. Virginia Union @ Hampton ESPN+
7 p.m. Miss. Valley State @ Murray State ESPN+
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
4 p.m. Bowie State @ Delaware State ESPN3 or ESPN+
4 p.m. Towson @ Morgan State ESPN3 or ESPN+
6 p.m. Southern @ Troy – 6 p.m. ESPN3
6 p.m. Allen @ Benedict ESPN+
7 p.m. Prairie View A&M @ Texas Southern ESPN Digital
9 p.m. Bethune-Cookman @ UTEP ESPN3
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
3 p.m. Jackson State vs. Florida A&M in Miami ESPN2
3 p.m. Grambling Statevs. Tennessee State in Canton, OH NFL Community
7 p.m. Fort Valley State vs. Tuskegee in Montgomery ESPNU
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
8 p.m. Edward Waters @ Benedict ESPNU
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
8 p.m. North Carolina A&T @ Duke ACCN
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
12 p.m. Alabama State @ Auburn SECN
1 p.m. Georgetown @ Delaware State ESPN3 or ESPN+
6:30 p.m. Bethune-Cookman @ UCF ESPN+
7 p.m. Grambling State @ Southern Mississippi ESPN3
7 p.m. Texas Southern @ Baylor Massive 12 Now on ESPN+
7 p.m. Tennessee State vs. Jackson State in Memphis * ESPN3
7 p.m. Hampton @ Outdated Dominion ESPN3
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
7:30 p.m. Alabama A&M @ Bethune-Cookman ESPNU
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
2 p.m. Lane @ Fort Valley State ESPN+
2 p.m. Kentucky State @ Tennessee State ESPN+
4 p.m. Alcorn State @ South Alabama ESPN3
5 p.m. Clark Atlanta @Albany State ESPN+
6 p.m. Lincoln (PA) @ Gardner-Webb ESPN+
6 p.m. Elizabeth Metropolis State @ Norfolk State ESPN3 or ESPN+.
6 p.m. Winston-Salem State @ NC Central ESPN3 or ESPN+
7 p.m. Grambling State @ Houston ESPN+
7 p.m. Florida A&M @ South Florida ESPN+
8 p.m. Jackson State @ Louisiana-Monroe ESPN3
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
1 p.m. Alcorn State @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff ESPNU
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
12 p.m. Howard @ Robert Morris ESPN+
1 p.m. Bethune-Cookman @ Alabama State ESPN Digital
2 p.m Merrimack Faculty @ Delaware State ESPN3 or ESPN+
2 p.m. Tennessee State @ SE Missouri ESPN+
6 p.m. Morehouse @ Savannah State ESPN+
6 p.m. Central State @ Miles ESPN+
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
2 p.m. Southern vs. Mississippi Valley State ESPN Digital
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
12 p.m. Saint Francis (Pa.) @ Morgan State ESPN3 or ESPN+
1 p.m. Sacred Coronary heart @ Howard ESPN3 or ESPN+
1 p.m. Clark Atlanta @ Tuskegee ESPN+
1 p.m. Alabama A&M @ Grambling State ESPN Digital
1 p.m. Robert Morris @NC A&T ESPN3
1:30 p.m. Bethune-Cookman @ SC State ESPN3 or ESPN+
6 p.m. Albany State @ Miles ESPN+
7 p.m. Tennessee State @ Austin Peay ESPN+
8 p.m. Morgan State @ Howard Reside ESPNU
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8
8 p.m. Morgan State @ Howard Reside ESPNU
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9
1 p.m. Tennessee Tech @ NC Central ESPN3 or +
1 pm North Alabama @ NC A&T ESPN+/Nexstar
1 p.m. Jackson State @ Alabama A&M ESPN Digital
1 p.m. Grambling State @ Alcorn State ESPN Digital
2 pm Kennesaw State @ Hampton ESPN3
7 p.m. Benedict @ Miles ESPN+
7 p.m. Morehouse vs. Tuskegee in Columbus, GA ESPN+
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16
1 p.m. Florida A&M @ Alabama A&M ESPN Digital
1 p.m. Alabama State @ Jackson State ESPN Digital
1:30 p.m. Morgan State @ SC State Reside ESPN3
2 p.m. Virginia-Lynchburg @ Norfolk State ESPN3 or ESPN+
2 p.m. Tennessee Tech @ Tennessee State ESPN+
2 p.m. Fort Valley @ Morehouse ESPN+
2 p.m. Southern @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff ESPN Digital
3 p.m. Clark Atlanta @ Savannah State ESPN+
5 p.m. NC A&T @ Kenn. State ESPN+/Nexstar
6 p.m. Hampton @ Charleston Southern ESPN+
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23
1 p.m. Lane @ Tuskegee ESPN+
1 p.m. NC Central @ Morgan State ESPN3 or ESPN+
1 p.m. Bethune-Cookman @ Jackson State ESPN Digital
1:30 p.m. Virginia-Lynchburg@ Tennessee Tech ESPN+
2 p.m. Savannah State @ Albany State ESPN+
2 p.m. Tennessee State @ Japanese Illinois ESPN+
2 p.m. NC A&T @ Hampton ESPN+
2 p.m. SC State @ Delaware State Reside ESPN3
2 p.m. Norfolk State @ Howard ESPNU (TBD)
6 p.m. Prairie View A&M @ Southern ESPN Digital
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
TBA Savannah State @ Fort Valley State ESPN+
1 p.m. Kentucky State @ Tuskegee ESPN+
1 p.m. Monmouth @ NC A&T ESPN+
2 p.m. Morgan State @ Norfolk State ESPN3 or ESPN+
2 p.m. Howard @ Delaware State ESPN3 or ESPN+
2 p.m. South Carolina State @ NC Central ESPN3 or ESPN+
2 p.m. Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Texas Southern ESPNU
3 p.m. Grambling State @ Florida A&M ESPN Digital
5 p.m. Murray State @Tennessee State ESPN+
6 p.m. Alcorn State @ Southern ESPN Digital
TBA Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M in Birmingham ESPN3
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4
7:30 p.m. Delaware State @ Morgan State Reside ESPNU
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6
1 p.m. Tuskegee @ Miles ESPN+
1 p.m. Gardner-Webb @ Hampton ESPN+/Nexstar
1:30 or 2 p.m. Howard @ SC State or Reside ESPN3
1:30 or 2 p.m. Norfolk State @ NC Central Later ESPNU (TBD)
2 p.m. Morehouse @ Clark Atlanta ESPN+
2 p.m. Tennessee State @ UT Martin ESPN+
2 p.m. Grambling State @ Ark.-Pine Bluff ESPN Digital
6 p.m. Florida A&M @ Southern ESPN Digital
TBA Albany State vs. Fort Valley State in Columbus, GA ESPN+
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13
1 p.m. Norfolk State @ Delaware State ESPN3 or ESPN+
1 p.m. Hampton @ Campbell ESPN+/Nexstar
1:30 p.m. Edward Waters @ Allen ESPN+
2 p.m NC Central @ Howard ESPN3 or ESPN+
2 p.m NC A&T State @ SC State ESPN3 or ESPN+
2 p.m. Austin Peay @ Tennessee State ESPN+
2 p.m. Alabama A&M @ Texas Southern ESPN Digital
6 p.m. Jackson State @ Southern * ESPN3
TBA SIAC Championship Sport ESPN3
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20
12 p.m Georgetown @Morgan State ESPN3 or ESPN+
1 p.m. Alcorn State @ Jackson State ESPN Digital
1 p.m. Gardner-Webb @ NC A&T ESPN3
1 p.m. North Alabama @ Hampton ESPN+
1 p.m Va.-Lynchburg @ Howard ESPN3 or ESPN+
2 p.m. South Carolina State @ Norfolk State or ESPN3 or ESPN+
2 p.m. Delaware State @ NC Central ESPN3 or ESPN+
TBA Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M in Orlando ESPN Digital
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27
2 p.m. MississippiValley State @ Prairie View A&M ESPN Digital
4 p.m. Grambling State vs. Southern in New Orleans NBC Sports activities
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4
4 p.m. SWAC Soccer Championship ESPNU
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18
12 p.m. Cricket Celebration Bowl in Atlanta Reside on ABC