In HBCU football, a “classic” matchup has been a premier event for decades. An HBCU homecoming can be even bigger, bringing together former alumni to celebrate. Both classics and homecomings can often see rivals play head-to-head and carry historical value. Fans, players, alumni and more all get excited for these games.

In 2024, there are multiple classics and homecomings that feature at least one HBCU team from the FCS level. Below, we’ll provide the scheduling information for these games, plus a few additional headliner HBCU football matchups, including the MEAC/SWAC Challenge and the Celebration Bowl, for instance.

That said, here is every HBCU homecoming and classic scheduled for 2024:

2024 HBCU homecoming schedule

Date Homecoming Host Opponent Location
Oct. 5 Alabama State Florida A&M Montgomery, AL
  Alcorn State Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lorman, MS
  Texas Southern Virginia Lynchburg Houston, TX
  Morgan State Lincoln (PA) Baltimore, MD
  Delaware State Saint Francis (PA) Dover, DE
Oct. 12 Alabama A&M Bethune-Cookman Huntsville, AL
  Tennessee State Eastern Illinois Nashville, TN
Oct. 19 North Carolina A&T Hampton Greensboro, NC
  Southern Alcorn State Baton Rouge, LA
  Mississippi Valley State Bethune-Cookman Itta Bena, MS
  Grambling State Arkansas-Pine Bluff Grambling, LA
  Howard Tennessee State Washington, DC
Oct. 26 North Carolina Central Morgan State Durham, NC
  Bethune-Cookman Jackson State Daytona Beach, FL
  Arkansas-Pine Bluff Mississippi Valley State Pine-Bluff, AR
  Hampton Elon Hampton, VA
  Norfolk State Howard Norfolk, VA
  Prairie View A&M Texas A&M-Commerce Prairie View, TX
  South Carolina State Delaware State Orangeburg, SC
Nov. 2 Florida A&M Texas Southern Tallahassee, FL
  Jackson State Arkansas-Pine Bluff Jackson, MS

Some notable DII homecoming games include:

  • Oct. 12 | Fort Valley State | Opponent: Allen (SC)
  • Oct. 19 | Clark Atlanta | Opponent: Miles
  • Oct. 19 | Bowie State | Opponent: Bluefield State
  • Oct. 26| Morehouse | Opponent: Fort Valley State
  • Nov. 9 | Winston-Salem State | Opponent: Fayetteville State
  • Nov. 9 |  Tuskegee | Opponent: Miles

2024 HBCU classic schedule

Classic MAtchup Date Location
MEAC/SWAC Challenge Norfolk State vs. Florida A&M Aug. 24 Atlanta, GA
John Merritt Classic Mississippi Valley State at Tennessee State Aug. 31 Nashville, TN
Labor Day Classic Texas Southern at Prairie View A&M Aug. 31 Prairie View, TX
Orange Blossom Classic Alabama State vs. North Carolina Central Sept. 1 Miami, FL
Louis Crews Classic Kentucky State at Alabama A&M Sept. 7 Huntsville, AL
Battle for Greater Baltimore Morgan State at Towson Sept. 7 Towson, MD
Pete Richardson Classic Savannah State at Southern Sept. 7 Baton Rouge, LA
Southern Heritage Classic Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Tennessee State Sept. 14 Memphis, TN
Battle of the Bay Hampton at Norfolk State Sept. 14 Norfolk, VA
Boombox Classic Southern at Jackson State Sept. 14 Jackson, MS
HBCU New York Football Classic Morehouse vs. Howard Sept. 14 East Rutherford, NJ
Aggie-Eagle Classic North Carolina A&T at North Carolina Central Sept. 21 Durham, NC
Battle of the Real HU —
Truth and Service Classic
Hampton vs. Howard Sept. 21 Washington, D.C.
State Fair Classic Grambling State vs. Prairie View A&M Sept. 28 Dallas, TX
Circle City Classic Norfolk State vs. North Carolina Central Sept. 28 Indianapolis, Indiana
Gulf Coast Challenge Jackson State vs. Alabama A&M Oct. 5 Mobile, AL
Magic City Classic Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State Oct. 26 Birmingham, AL
Port City Classic Alabama State vs. Alcorn State Nov. 2 Mobile, AL
Soul Bowl —
Capital City Classic
Jackson State at Alcorn State Nov. 23 Lorman, MS
Florida Classic Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M Nov. 23 Orlando, FL
Turkey Day Classic Tuskegee at Alabama State Nov. 28 Montgomery, AL
Bayou Classic Grambling State vs. Southern Nov. 30 New Orleans, LA
SWAC Championship SWAC East Champion vs. SWAC West Champion Dec. 7 TBD
Celebration Bowl MEAC Champion vs. SWAC Champion TBD Atlanta, GA

Here are some notable classics featuring DII schools:

  • Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic | Virginia State vs. Benedict | Sept. 1 | Location: Canton, OH
  • Red Tails Classic | Tuskegee vs. Johnson C. Smith | Sept. 1 | Location: Montgomery, AL
  • Morehouse-Tuskegee Classic | Tuskegee vs. Morehouse | Oct. 5 | Location: Columbus, GA
  • Fountain City Classic | Fort Valley State vs. Albany State | Nov. 9 | Location: Columbus, GA


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