Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS on Twitter)
The Florida A&M Rattlers ended the 2016 football season 4-7 and are bringing the Rattler fans a home season-opening game for the 2017 season. FAMU released their 2017 football schedule Jan. 25 and it opens with a home game for the first time since 2010.
At the start of the season head coach Alex Wood will be entering his third season with the Rattlers. They will open the season on Aug. 26, against Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) rival, Texas Southern University, in the inaugural Jake Gaither Classic in Bragg Memorial Stadium.
The Rattlers will also host several games in Bragg, including against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion Eagles of North Carolina Central on Sept. 30, the North Carolina A&T University Aggies Oct. 14 on Homecoming, and the Bison of Howard University on Nov. 4, in the home finale.
The Rattlers will face seven opponents on the road during the 2017 season, starting Sept. 2 against the Razorbacks of the University of Arkansas. The MEAC opener will be against the Tigers of Savannah State on Sept 23 at Savannah, Georgia. The Rattlers also has a lineup on the road against the Spartans of Norfolk State, the Pirates of Hampton University, and the Bears of Morgan State.
FAMU will also have a match up against Tennessee State University on Sept.16, the location of the game is still in the works.
FAMU will end the regular season with the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic against rival Bethune-Cookman University. A series that began in 1925, is now the largest football game between two historically black colleges in America. The Florida Blue Florida Classic will be held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Nov. 18.
All start times for games are to be announced later.
2017 FAMU Football Schedule
AUG. 26 TEXAS SOUTHERN Jake Gaither Classic/HOME
Sept. 2 at University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark.
Sept. 16 Tennessee State Site TBD
Sept. 23 at Savannah State* Savannah, Ga.
Sept. 30 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL* HOME
Oct. 7 at Norfolk State* ` Norfolk, Va.
OCT. 14 NORTH CAROLINA A&T* HOMECOMING
Oct. 21 at Hampton University* Hampton, Va.
Oct. 28 at Morgan State* Baltimore, Md.
NOV. 4 HOWARD UNIVERSITY* HOME
Nov. 18 Bethune-Cookman*# Orlando, Fla.
*MEAC Games. #Florida Blue Florida Classic
Home games are in BOLD