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.