FAQ

WHAT IS THE MEAC/SWAC CHALLENGE?

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is an annual Historically Black College and University (HBCU) football game that showcases teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

HOW LONG HAS THE MEAC/SWAC CHALLENGE BEEN IN EXISTENCE?

2016 will mark the 12th annual event. Birmingham, Alabama’s Legion Field hosted the event for the first three years (2005-07). The Challenge moved to the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando in 2008. In 2014, while the Florida Citrus Bowl was undergoing renovations, the game was played at the University of Central Florida’s Bright House Stadium. In 2015, the game returned to the Orlando Citrus Bowl for the final time. For the next two years the Challenge will alternate between MEAC and SWAC locales, starting with the MEAC in 2016 (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and then the SWAC in 2017 (Baton Rouge, La.)

WHICH TEAMS HAVE PLAYED IN THE 11 YEARS OF THIS EVENT—AND WHICH CONFERENCE LEADS THE SERIES?

2015 > South Carolina State beat Arkansas at Pine Bluff 35-7

2014 > North Carolina A&T State topped Alabama A&M 47-13

2013 > Florida A&M defeated Mississippi Valley State 27-10

2012 > Bethune-Cookman defeated Alabama State 38-28

2011 > Bethune-Cookman beat Prairie View A&M 63-14

2010 > Southern University rallied to beat Delaware State 37-27

2009 > South Carolina State beat Grambling State 34-31

2008 > Hampton University outlasted Jackson State 17-13

2007 > Southern defeated Florida A&M 33-27

2006 > Hampton defeated Grambling State 27-26 (OT)

2005 > South Carolina State defeated Alabama State 27-14

The MEAC leads the series 9-2.