The Morgan State Bears 2015 football schedule features an 11-game slate, five games in Hughes Stadium, an NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision opponent and a return to the New York Urban League Classic.

Morgan State head coach Lee Hull describes the Bears’ 2015 schedule, released Thursday, as “exciting and challenging” and he encourages the Bear nation to support the 2015 edition of the Bears football team as they prepare to defend its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference co-championship.

The Bears non-conference opponents in 2015 are Air Force, Illinois State and Virginia-Lynchburg. The Bears will not play Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents South Carolina State or North Carolina A&T in the regular season.

MSU will open its 2015 slate with a Saturday road game on Sept. 5 at Troy Calhoun’s Air Force Falcons team, marking the first meeting between the teams.

The Bears next travel to Normal, Ill., on Sept. 12 to take on an Illinois State Redbirds team that earned a share of the Missouri Valley Conference title and played in the FCS National Championship game.

MSU welcomes Virginia-Lynchburg for the Bears’ home-opener at Hughes Stadium on Sept. 19.

MSU then begins MEAC play with the first of three road trips starting with a clash versus Howard at the New York Urban League Classic at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 26.  After facing the Bison, MSU will travel to take on Delaware State on Oct. 3.

MSU returns to Hughes Stadium to play Savannah State on Oct. 10 for its first meeting with the Tigers since 2012, followed by a Homecoming matchup against Hampton on Oct. 17.

The Bears next travel to face North Carolina Central on Oct. 24, and will be coming off of a bye week when they meet Bethune-Cookman in Daytona on Nov. 7.

Morgan State concludes its regular season by hosting Florida A&M on Nov. 14 and Norfolk State on Nov. 21.

“We have a challenging Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule that begins week four against Howard at the New York Urban League Classic in the Meadowlands,” said Hull. “This will be first time since 2010 we’ve had five home game and we’re excited for our team to be able to play in front of the Bear Nation.”

“We have our work cut out for us but I can’t wait to get started.”



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