Norfolk, Va. (July 1, 2019) --- For the first time in four years, Delaware State football will be featured on the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference / ESPN “Game-of-the-Week.”
The ten -game 2019 MEAC/ESPN/ ABC television package announced today includes a week five contest between the Hornets and defending MEAC and HBCU National Champion North Carolina A&T Aggies on Thursday, Sep. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C., to be broadcast live on ESPN3.
This will be Delaware State’s first appearance on the MEAC/ESPN showcase event since a 2015 contest at NCA&T. It’ll also mark the first Thursday night MEAC Game-of-the-Week showing for the Hornets since 2012 at Morgan State.
The MEAC / ESPN football package for the 2019 season features nine regular-season match-ups on ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN3 and one postseason appearance on ABC. The nationally-televised games are a part of the MEAC’s ongoing partnership with ESPN.
The 15th annual MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge kicks off the first full week of the 2019 season, featuring Bethune-Cookman against Jackson State of the SWAC, which will be televised live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1.
Bethune-Cookman will play in the classic for the fourth time in program history, while Jackson State will make its second appearance. The contest moved to a neutral site for the first time since 2015 last season, as it is now being played in Atlanta, Ga. at “Pete Petit Field” at Georgia State Stadium.
The ESPN3/ESPNU slate kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 26 as Delaware State travels to Greensboro, N.C. to face the defending MEAC and Celebration Bowl champion, North Carolina A&T State, at 7:30 p.m.
On Oct. 5, Morgan State will travel to Daytona Beach, Fla. to face Bethune-Cookman at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. That game will stream live on ESPN3 and be televised that evening on ESPNU.
The second Thursday night contest of the season will air on Oct. 10, as Bethune-Cookman travels to North Carolina Central for a showdown which will air live on ESPNU at 6 p.m.
The MEAC returns to the airwaves in the month of November with four contests, headlined by North Carolina Central at Howard on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m., live on ESPN3 and rebroadcast that evening on ESPNU. The Aggie-Eagle Classic featuring North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T State will be played on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m., live on ESPN3 and rebroadcast later that evening on ESPNU.
The annual Florida Classic featuring Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M will be played at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla on Nov. 23. The Florida Blue Florida Classic will air live at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNEWS.
Two wildcard contests have been secured by the MEAC, one in October and one in November, featuring teams in contention for the conference title. The first wildcard contest will take place on Oct. 12, followed by the second game on Nov. 16. Both games will stream live on ESPN3 and be televised that evening on ESPNU.
The fifth annual Celebration Bowl wraps up the season as the MEAC champion will square off against the SWAC champion on Saturday, Dec. 21 in Atlanta, Ga. at Mercedes Benz Stadium. The contest will air live on ABC at 12 p.m.
The North Carolina A&T visit is just one of four 2019 Hornet contests outside the state of Delaware. In addition to a record seven home games at Alumni Stadium, DSU will kick off the new season on Aug. 29 at the University of Delaware. The Hornets’ 2019 home opener is Sep. 14 against Lincoln University (Pa.).
Story includes information from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference