TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) released their 2017 Football Schedule Wednesday, a lineup of games which features a season-opening home game for the first time since 2010.

The Rattlers, will open their third season under head coach Alex Wood on Saturday, Aug. 26 against an old rival from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), the Tigers of Texas Southern University, in the inaugural Jake Gaither Classic in Bragg Memorial Stadium.


A portion of proceeds from that game will go towards the Jake Gaither House, to assist in the preservation of the home of the Hall of Fame coach, located just off the FAMU campus. 

Bragg Stadium will also be the scene for three other home games: against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion Eagles of North Carolina Central (Sept. 30), the Aggies of North Carolina A&T for the 2017 Homecoming Game (Oct. 14), and the Bison of Howard University (Nov. 4), in the home finale.

Homecoming 2017 at FAMU will also feature the second annual Funkfest, the all-day music extravaganza, set for Homecoming Eve, Friday, Oct. 13 on the South campus.

The 2017 Rattler Road Tour features a seven-game slate opening Sept. 2 against the Razorbacks of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Other whistle stops on the Rattler Tour will feature face offs against the Tigers of Savannah (Ga.) State in the MEAC opener (Sept. 23) at Savannah, Ga.; the Spartans of Norfolk (Va.) State (Oct. 7, Norfolk, Va.); the Pirates of Hampton (Va.) University (Oct. 21) at Hampton, Va., and the Bears of Morgan State at Baltimore, Md. (Oct. 28).

The Tigers of Tennessee State make a return to the FAMU schedule on Sept. 16, at a site to be announced shortly.

FAMU closes out the regular season with the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic against archrival Bethune-Cookman University, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on Nov. 18.

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME (ET)
The Jake Gaither Classic
Sat, Aug 26 TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY Tallahassee, FL TBA
Sat, Sep 02 University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR TBA
Sat, Sep 16 Tennessee State University at TBA TBA
Sat, Sep 23 Savannah State University * at Savannah, GA TBA
Sat, Sep 30 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL * Tallahassee, FL TBA
Sat, Oct 07 Norfolk State University * at Norfolk, VA TBA
2017 Homecoming Game
Sat, Oct 14 NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE * Tallahassee, FL TBA
Sat, Oct 21 Hampton University * at Hampton, VA TBA
Sat, Oct 28 Morgan State University * at Baltimore, MD TBA
Sat, Nov 04 HOWARD UNIVERSITY * Tallahassee, FL TBA
The Florida Blue Florida Classic
Sat, Nov 18 Bethune-Cookman University * at Orlando, FL TBA

Courtesy: FAMU Athletics

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