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FAMU to renew football rivalry with Southern University

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Posted at 1:55 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 10:03:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida A&M University and Southern University will renew a long standing rivalry on the football field beginning in September of 2019. 

FAMU and Southern announced a home-and-home agreement on Wednesday, which begins at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 21, 2019, followed by a date at A.W. “Ace” Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge on September 12, 2020. 

The two teams have met four times since the yearly series was suspended in 2001, once in the MEAC-SWAC Challenge in 2007 and twice in the Atlanta Football Classic in 2011 and 2012.   

The last meeting between FAMU and Southern on either school's campus took place in 2008, with FAMU winning 52-49 on the road. 

“The two-year, home-and-home agreement with Southern University is a ‘“win-win’”for both schools. We are excited about the opportunity of playing one of the most recognized football programs among HBCUs," said FAMU Athletic Director, Dr. John Eason. "It represents our efforts toignite our fan base with games they want to see.” 

The two universities began their football rivalry in 1941, with FAMU containing a slight edge with a 33-26-1 record.