NC A&T Moves Into FCS Top 10, Grambling #19

The latest FCS Coaches’ Poll is out, and NC A&T has moved into the Top 10. On the SWAC side, Grambling State moved up two spots to #21. North Carolina Central is just outside the Top 25 at #27.

North Carolina A&T hosts South Carolina State this Saturday, while Grambling State travels to Alabama A&M.

Full Poll

RANK SCHOOL POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Sam Houston State (22) 644 8-0 1
2 Jacksonville State (2) 621 7-1 2
3 Eastern Washington (1) 593 7-1 3
4 North Dakota State (1) 575 7-1 4
5 James Madison 540 7-1 5
6 Richmond 516 7-1 7
7 The Citadel 504 8-0 6
8 Chattanooga 464 8-1 8
9 Charleston Southern 442 5-2 9
10 North Carolina A&T 398 7-1 11
11 North Dakota 374 7-2 12
12 Villanova 336 6-2 13
13 Youngstown State 326 6-2 14
14 Western Illinois 308 6-2 15
15 South Dakota State 279 5-3 10
16 Cal Poly 272 6-2 17
17 Central Arkansas 268 7-1 18
18 Samford 181 6-2 19
19 Grambling State 162 5-3 21
20 Montana 151 5-3 16
21 Lehigh 125 7-2 24
22 Harvard 100 6-1 23
23 New Hampshire 90 6-3 NR
24 Eastern Illinois 49 5-4 22
25 Stony Brook 24 5-3 20

Others receiving votes: Liberty (23), North Carolina Central (14), South Dakota (12), Northern Arizona (8), Albany (7), San Diego (7), Maine (6), Wofford (6), Tennessee State (4), Montana State (3), Northern Iowa (3), Penn (3), Kennesaw State (2), Weber State (2), Southeastern Louisiana (2), UT Martin (2), Illinois State (1), Sacred Heart (1), Southern University (1) and Southern Utah (1).

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Tickets on Sale Now

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With the college football postseason fast approaching, tickets will go on sale today, Thursday, October 27, 2016, for the second annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.  As the game that opens the bowl season, the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is a championship-style game between the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champions.  The game will be broadcast live on ABC at noon ET on Saturday, Dec. 17, from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. SportsCenter on the Road will once again air live from outside the Dome beginning at 10 a.m.

Establishing itself as the first bowl game of the season, the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) postseason football game owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.  ESPN works with 100 Black Men of Atlanta to organize the game’s ancillary events which include a youth symposium, robotics showcase, college and job fair, fan experience and more. North Carolina A&T won the inaugural game in 2015 after defeating Alcorn State 41-34 in front of over 35,000 fans.

Fans can purchase tickets to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl online at ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or in person at the Georgia Dome box office. Prices range from $15 to $60, plus applicable taxes and fees. A full list of events surrounding the game are available on the event’s website.

For more information, visit www.TheCelebrationBowl.com, and follow the event on Twitter and Facebook.

About ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 13 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

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ESPN Media Contact: Rachel Margolis Siegal at 860-766-2798 or Rachel.m.siegal@espn.com

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Trophy Tour Stopping at Howard Homecoming Oct. 22

Chance to Win VIP Experience at the Dec 17 Game

The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Trophy Tour, presented by Coca-Cola, will make its fourth of ten stops in Washington D.C. next weekend. The game features North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University versus Howard University, both of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Kickoff is at 1:00pm EST on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

At Greene Stadium, fans can take pictures with the trophy and post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the official hashtag #AFRCBtrophytour for the chance to win a VIP experience at the 2016 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.

“We are excited to bring the Trophy Tour to the Nation’s Capital,” said John Grant, executive director of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.  “This will be a great game for both the teams and fans. Howard University will have a great Homecoming game against the inaugural Celebration Bowl Champions, the North Carolina A&T Aggies.”  For more information on the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, see http://www.thecelebrationbowl.com.

The inaugural Trophy Tour will take the official trophy to a total of eight marquee college football games and events throughout the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) divisions, as well as two Air Force Reserve Bases. It will stop at the following events before arriving at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the second annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

  • September 4, 2016, MEAC/SWAC Challenge, Daytona Beach, FL
  • ***October 8, 2016, Bethune-Cookman at South Carolina State, Orangeburg, SC***
  • October 15, 2016, Southern University vs. Jackson State, Jackson, MS
  • October 22, 2016, Howard University Homecoming, Washington, D.C.
  • October 29, 2016, The Magic City Classic, Birmingham, AL
  • November 19, 2016, Florida Blue Florida Classic, Orlando, FL
  • December 3, 2016, SWAC Championship, Houston, TX
  • December 8, 2016, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, GA
  • December 9, 2016, Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, GA
  • December 17, 2016, Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Atlanta, GA

*** Game postponed as of 10/4 due to weather.***

Establishing itself as the first bowl game of the season, the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) postseason football game owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. It is a championship-style game between the MEAC and SWAC division champions and will be televised on ABC at noon on Saturday, Dec.17. ESPN works with 100 Black Men of Atlanta to organize the game’s ancillary events which include a youth symposium, robotics showcase, college and job fair, fan experience and more.

Fans can purchase tickets to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl at ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or at the Georgia Dome box office by late-October. Prices range from $15 to $60, plus applicable taxes and fees. A full list of events surrounding the game are available on the event’s website.

For more information, visit www.TheCelebrationBowl.com, and follow the event on Twitter and Facebook.

About ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

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ESPN Media Contact: Rachel Margolis Siegal at 860-766-2798 or Rachel.m.siegal@espn.com

Hope-Beckham Inc. Media Contacts: Allison Ritter at 404-604-2603 or Aritter@hopebeckham.com; Kerstin Hunt at 404-604-2491 or Kerstin@hopebeckham.com, Wendy Hsiao at 404-604-2192 or Whsiao@hopebeckham.com

Trophy Tour Stopping at Jackson State on Oct. 15

Chance to Win VIP Experience at the Dec 17 Game

The Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl Trophy Tour, presented by Coca-Cola, will make its third of ten stops in Jackson, Mississippi next weekend. The game features Southern University and A&M College vs. Jackson State University, both of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Kickoff is at 6:00pm CT on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

At Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, fans can take pictures with the trophy and post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the official hashtag #AFRCBtrophytour for the chance to win a VIP experience at the 2016 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.

“We are excited to bring the Trophy Tour to Jackson, Mississippi,” said John Grant, executive director of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.  “This will be an exciting game for both the teams and fans. The long standing rivalry is a staple in the SWAC.”  For more information on the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, see http://www.thecelebrationbowl.com.

The inaugural Trophy Tour will take the official trophy to a total of eight marquee college football games and events throughout the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) divisions, as well as two Air Force Reserve Bases. It will stop at the following events before arriving at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the second annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

  • September 4, 2016, MEAC/SWAC Challenge, Daytona Beach, FL
  • ***October 8, 2016, Bethune-Cookman at South Carolina State, Orangeburg, SC***
  • October 15, 2016, Southern University vs. Jackson State, Jackson, MS
  • October 22, 2016, Howard University Homecoming, Washington, D.C.
  • October 29, 2016, North Carolina A&T State University Homecoming, Greensboro, NC
  • October 29, 2016, The Magic City Classic, Birmingham, AL
  • November 19, 2016, Florida Blue Florida Classic, Orlando, FL
  • December 3, 2016, SWAC Championship, Houston, TX
  • Date TBD, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, GA
  • Date TBD, Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, GA
  • December 17, 2016, Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Atlanta, GA

*** Game postponed as of 10/4 due to weather.***

Establishing itself as the first bowl game of the season, the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) postseason football game owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. It is a championship-style game between the MEAC and SWAC division champions and will be televised on ABC at noon on Saturday, Dec.17. ESPN works with 100 Black Men of Atlanta to organize the game’s ancillary events which include a youth symposium, robotics showcase, college and job fair, fan experience and more.

Fans can purchase tickets to the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl at ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or at the Georgia Dome box office by mid-October. Prices range from $15 to $60, plus applicable taxes and fees. A full list of events surrounding the game are available on the event’s website.

For more information, visit www.TheCelebrationBowl.com, and follow the event on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

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ESPN Media Contact: Rachel Margolis Siegal at 860-766-2798 or Rachel.m.siegal@espn.com

Hope-Beckham Inc. Media Contacts: Allison Ritter at 404-604-2603 or Aritter@hopebeckham.com; Kerstin Hunt at 404-604-2491 or Kerstin@hopebeckham.com, Wendy Hsiao at 404-604-2192 or Whsiao@hopebeckham.com