Monday, July 28, 2008


BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (July 28, 2008) The upcoming 2008 Southwestern Athletic Conference football season promises to be one of the most exciting campaigns in conference history. Adding to that mix is a season-long list of ‘Classic’ football matchups across the nation.

A total of 16 games will be played in a Classic-style format: primarily neutral site locations from Orlando, FL to Los Angeles, CA and many stops in between. The opening weekend of the SWAC football season will feature a pair of Classics.

The Labor Day Classic featuring the SWAC Texas showdown between Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern will kickoff at Houston’s Reliant Stadium on Sat., Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. The weekend will conclude the MEAC/SWAC Challenge matchup of Jackson State and Hampton at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL and shown live on ESPN2 at 1 p.m.The regular season will conclude with a trio of Classics on Thanksgiving Weekend. The annual showdown between Alabama State and Tuskegee in the Turkey Day Classic will kickoff in Montgomery, AL at the Crampton Bowl at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thu. Nov. 27.

A pair of Classics will be played on Sat. Nov. 29. The Bayou Classic showdown between Southern and Grambling State will kickoff in the Louisiana Superdome at 1 p.m. in New Orleans (televised live on NBC). Also that day is the Dallas Lone Star Classic matchup between Texas Southern and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. That game is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

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