Last Updated 11:55 AM, October 02, 2023

2023 HBCU football: Schedule, scores, rankings and updates

Grambling State football's Sundiata Anderson on upcoming season, NFL Draft aspirations
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2:45 pm, October 2, 2023

📊 Week 6 HBCU football power rankings

Grambling State entered the top 10 to lead Week 6's HBCU football power rankings. Let's take a look at the latest rankings from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton.

Here are Week 6's top five teams.

Week 6 HBCU Football Power Rankings
Rank Team
1 North Carolina Central
2 Florida A&M
3 Hampton
4 Jackson State
5 Tennessee State

Click or tap here to see the full Week 6 HBCU football power rankings of all 21 FCS HBCU teams.

12:34 am, October 1, 2023

📝 Recapping Week 5 of HBCU football, standings

Howard football

Week 5 of HBCU football saw overtime thrillers and great games across the board. Here's a look at what you may have missed from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton.

Conference games

Alcorn State defeated Alabama State in overtime after the Hornets missed a game-tying field goal. The Braves forced overtime after a back-and-forth affair. Alcorn State kept Alabama State's passing game in check, only allowing 96 yards from two different quarterbacks.

Meanwhile, Southern handled its business with a shutout win and Hampton won its second-ever CAA conference game with a solid win over Richmond. See results from all HBCU conference games below.

Nonconference FCS showdowns

No. 13 North Carolina Central won an overtime thriller over Campbell, giving the Eagles redemption from last year's blowout last. After blocking an extra point in overtime, North Carolina Central kicker Adrian Olivo won the game with his extra point after a bruising touchdown run from running back Latrell Collier.

Elsewhere, North Carolina A&T picked up its first win of the season over Norfolk State.

HBCUs vs. Non-DI opponents

Three HBCUs played against non-DI opponents, with Alabama A&M and Texas Southern playing their homecoming games . Click or tap any of the games to see stats.

HBCU football standings

SWAC

SWAC standings Week 5

MEAC

MEAC standings Week 5

CAA

CAA standings Week 5

Big South-OVC

Big South-OVC standings Week 5
11:48 pm, September 29, 2023

🗓 HBCU football Week 5: Scores, Results, Game times, TV channels

HBCU football in the FCS continues with Week 5 action. Click or tap here for a live scoreboard.

Full Week 5 HBCU football schedule

All times Eastern. All rankings via FCS Coaches Poll . Click any of the games below for stats.

Teams with Byes: Bethune-Cookman, Jackson State, South Carolina State

Saturday, Sept. 30

Click or tap here to see every 2023 HBCU football classic in the FCS

Week 5 HBCU football Game of the Week

Here is Week 5's HBCU football Game of the Week from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton.

HBCU game of the week: North Carolina A&T at Norfolk State

This week's HBCU game of the week sees North Carolina A&T battle Norfolk State. North Carolina A&T is coming off a bye week after starting the season 0-3, while Norfolk State has won two of its last three games after a season opening loss to a DII opponent. The Aggies and Spartans are former conference foes, both looking to pick up a key win over a former rival to gain momentum entering conference play.

5:31 pm, September 25, 2023

📊 Week 5 HBCU football power rankings

It's time for Week 5's HBCU football power rankings after some interesting results last week. Here's how the latest rankings look from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton.

Here are Week 5's top five teams.

Week 5 HBCU Football Power Rankings
Rank Team
1 North Carolina Central
2 Florida A&M
3 Tennessee State
4 Jackson State
5 Hampton

Click or tap here to see the full Week 5 HBCU football power rankings of all 21 FCS HBCU teams.

2:13 am, September 24, 2023

Recapping Week 4 of HBCU football: Storylines, standings

Florida A&M Athletics FAMU football vs. Alabama State

Two top-25 ranked teams walked away with a victory and five FCS HBCU teams faced conference opponents in Week 4 of HBCU football. Here's a look at what you may have missed from NCAA Digital's Maya Ellison.

Conference games

Five teams faced their conference foes in Week 4.

No. 22 Florida A&M now holds a 17-game home winning streak after defeating Alabama State 23-10, ending the contest with a 40-yard pick-six from Isaiah Major vs. Alabama State. Elsewhere, a late touchdown and 21 second-half points helped Grambling State escape a Texas Southern upset, while Alcorn State fell in their first conference matchup of the season after Prairie View A&M made a 50-yard field goal.

 Also in the SWAC, Jackson State's dominating defense helped win the W.C. Gorden Classic over Bethune-Cookman. In the win, kicker Leilani Armenta made "HERstory" as the first female player in program history.

Nonconference FCS showdowns

No. 18 North Carolina Central flew through today's matchup against Mississippi Valley in the Circle City Classic and backup quarterback Harris Walker etched his name in the record books, accounting for five touchdowns and 263 yards. Norfolk State persevered on both sides of the ball in a win over Towson for their second win against a CAA opponent this season. 

HBCUs vs. FBS opponents

HBCU football standings

SWAC

SWAC standings Week 4

MEAC

MEAC standings Week 4

CAA

CAA standings Week 4

Big South-OVC

Big South-OVC standings Week 4
4:32 pm, September 21, 2023

🗓 HBCU football Week 4: Scores, Results, Game times, TV channels

AAMU

HBCU football in the FCS continues with Week 4 action. Click or tap here for a live scoreboard.

Full Week 4 HBCU football schedule

All times Eastern. All rankings via FCS Coaches Poll or FBS AP Poll. Click any of the games below for stats.

Teams with Byes: Hampton, Howard, North Carolina A&T, Southern, Tennessee State

Thursday, Sept. 21

Saturday, Sept. 23

Click or tap here to see every 2023 HBCU football classic in the FCS

Week 4 HBCU football Game of the Week

Here is Week 4's HBCU football Game of the Week from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton.

HBCU game of the week: Saturday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. | Texas Southern at Grambling State | HBCU GO

This week's HBCU game of the week sees Texas Southern battle Grambling State. Texas Southern is already 0-1 in conference play and the health of standout quarterback Andrew Body is a question mark for the Tigers entering Week 4. Yet, the Tigers can't afford another conference loss if they wants to keep their SWAC West division hopes alive. Meanwhile, Grambling State is opening conference play after a decisive win over Florida Memorial. A win for Grambling will continue to build momentum in coach Hue Jackson's second year.

Players to watch
Texas Southern Grambling State
QB Andrew Body QB Myles Crawley
RB LaDarius Owens DE Sundiata Anderson
RB Jacorey Howard LB Lewis Matthews
3:02 pm, September 18, 2023

📊 Week 4 HBCU football power rankings

Week 4 of HBCU football is here, meaning a lot of HBCUs are about to enter conference play — if they haven't already. Before teams take the gridiron, here's how the latest HBCU football power rankings look from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton.

Here are Week 4's top five teams.

Week 4 HBCU Football Power Rankings
Rank Team
1 North Carolina Central
2 Florida A&M
3 Tennessee State
4 Jackson State
5 Hampton

Click or tap here to see the full Week 4 HBCU football power rankings of all 21 FCS HBCU teams.

4:42 pm, September 17, 2023

Recapping Week 3 of HBCU football: Storylines, standings

Southern Jaguars

Two FCS HBCUs played each other in Week 3 as Hampton rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to defeat Howard in the Battle for the Real HU. Then, Southern avoided an 0-3 start with a strong win over Alabama A&M in a game where the Jaguars led by two touchdowns in the second half.

Tennessee State and North Carolina A&T each opened conference play in Week 3. Tennessee State picked up one of the biggest wins of head coach Eddie George's tenure, knocking off a Gardner-Webb team that was on the edge of the FCS Coaches Poll. Meanwhile, North Carolina A&T fell to 0-3 as its offense continues to struggle, averaging just 8.33 points and 43 passing yards per game.

Nonconference FCS games

A trio of HBCU played against nonconference, non-HBCU FCS opponents. Alcorn State stood out with its impressive win over McNeese where the Braves didn't allow a touchdown. Meanwhile, Delaware State couldn't become the second HBCU to knock off Richmond this year and Morgan State lost in the Battle for Greater Baltimore for the sixth straight time.

HBCUs vs. small school opponents

Four HBCUs played non-DI opponents. Grambling State and Florida A&M fought close early before pulling away down the stretch. Meanwhile, Arkansas-Pine Bluff needed a missed extra point to prevent Miles from knocking off its second FCS HBCU of the season. Mississippi Valley State lost to its second DII opponent in 2023, losing by four touchdowns to Delta State.

HBCUs vs. FBS teams

No HBCU was able to knock of an FBS team this week. Here are the results:

HBCU football standings

SWAC

SWAC standings Week 3

MEAC

MEAC standings Week 3

CAA

CAA standings Week 3

Big South-OVC

Big South-OVC standings Week 3
1:31 pm, September 14, 2023

🗓 HBCU football Week 3: Scores, Results, Game times, TV channels, GOTW

Howard-Hampton

HBCU football in the FCS returns as Week 3 action stretches across two days. Click or tap here for a live scoreboard.

Full Week 3 HBCU football schedule

All rankings via FCS Coaches Poll or FBS AP Poll. Click any of the games below for stats.

Teams with Byes: Alabama State, South Carolina State

Saturday, Sept. 16

Thursday, Sept. 14

Click or tap here to see every 2023 HBCU football classic in the FCS

Week 3 HBCU football Game of the Week

Here is Week 3's HBCU football Game of the Week from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton.

HBCU game of the week: Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m. | Howard at Hampton | ESPN+

This week's HBCU game of the week takes us to the Battle for the Real HU in the Truth and Service Classic as Howard visits rival Hampton. Both teams enter 1-1, but Howard has yet to play an FCS opponent. Meanwhile, Hampton is playing its third straight HBCU opponent to open the season before entering conference play. Week 3's HBCU football game of the week will reveal which one of these teams belongs in the upper echelon of HBCU football teams.

Players to watch
Howard Hampton
QB Quinton Williams QB Chris Zellous
RB Jarret Hunter RB Elijah Burris
RB Kasey Hawthorne RB Darran Butts
RB Ian Wheeler WR Romon Copeland
OT Anim Dankwah LB Qwahsin Townsel
OG Darius Fox DB Cam Sturdifen
DB Kenny Gallop Jr. DB Byron Perkins
6:13 pm, September 11, 2023

📊 Week 3 HBCU football power rankings

Tennessee State

After HBCU teams had close calls with FBS opponents and intense rivalry games, Week 3 of college football is here. That means it's time for a fresh set of HBCU football power rankings from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton.

Here are Week 3's top five teams.

Week 3 HBCU Football Power Rankings
Rank Team
1 North Carolina Central
2 Florida A&M
3 Morgan State
4 Jackson State
5 Howard

Click or tap here to see the full Week 3 HBCU football power rankings of all 21 FCS HBCU teams.

9:00 pm, September 7, 2023
9:00 pm, September 7, 2023

🔥 HBCU football game of the week: Week 2

Week 2 of HBCU football in the FCS is continues an exciting start to the 2023 season.

Here is Week 2's game of the week from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton.

Sunday, Sept. 3

HBCU game of the week:  Jackson State at Southern | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN+

This week's HBCU game of the week takes us to the Boombox Classic as Jackson State visits rival Southern. Both teams are looking to avoid going 0-2 in conference play in Week 2, with a loss almost assured to knock the losing team out of the SWAC divisional race.

Players to watch

  • Jackson State
    • QB Jason Brown
    • RB Irv Mulligan
    • WR Rico Powers
    • TE D.J. Stevens
    • DT Devonta Davis
    • CB Jaheem Hazel
    • S Esaias Guthrie
  • Southern
    • QB Harold Blood
    • RB Gary Quarles
    • RB Kobe Dillon
    • WR Kendric Rhymes
    • LB Jalen Campbell
    • DE Tahj Brown
    • DB Jordan Carter

Honorable mention games: 

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Stan Becton joined NCAA.com in 2021 and has since served as an FCS, track and field, cross country and HBCU beat reporter. He has covered numerous NCAA championship events, including the FCS Championship, DI Track & Field Championships and Men's Frozen Four. Additionally, he covered the 2021 Celebration Bowl. Stan graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, earning a degree in Professional Writing and playing football as a five-year letterman. You can follow him on Twitter @stan_becton.

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2:57 pm, September 4, 2023

Alabama State and Morgan State's wins shake up Week 2 HBCU football power rankings

Alabama State

Labor Day weekend saw every HBCU football team in action for the first time. With wins and losses in the books, it's time for the first regular season HBCU football power rankings from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton.

Here are Week 2's top five teams.

Week 2 HBCU Football Power Rankings
Rank Team
1 North Carolina Central
2 Florida A&M
3 Alabama State
4 Morgan State
5 Jackson State

Click or tap here to see the full Week 2 HBCU football Power Rankings of all 21 FCS HBCU teams.

10:58 pm, September 3, 2023

Recapping Week 1 of HBCU football

Morgan St

HBCU football returned with a full slate of games in Week 1. Here's what you may have missed.

Morgan State lands the ranked upset

Morgan State defeated No. 16 Richmond 17-10 in Richmond to land the ranked upset. The win is the biggest nonconference win by any HBCU so far this season and the most notable win of the Damon Wilson era at Morgan State.

Big time wins come from HBCU Classics

Whether it was Florida A&M in the Orange Blossom Classic or Alabama State and Prairie View A&M in the two different Labor Day Classics, Week 1 saw some exciting FCS HBCU matchups. The SWAC standings will surely be impacted throughout the season by the aforementioned classics, but the inaugural Brick City Classic between Hampton and Grambling State saw the Pirates hand the SWAC a nonconference loss.

HBCUs contend but can't prevail against FBS teams

No HBCU was able to pull off an FCS-over-FBS upset. In fact, no FCS team has won a game against an FBS opponent through Week 1. Here are the results of all the HBCU vs. FBS games.

FCS HBCUs fall to DII HBCUs

Delaware State, Norfolk State and Mississippi Valley State all lost to Division II HBCU programs in Week 1. On the bright side, defending Celebration Bowl champion North Carolina Central handled its business against its DII opponent.

10:47 pm, September 3, 2023

Florida A&M takes down Jackson State in the Orange Blossom Classic

FAMU FB

Florida A&M defeated Jackson State 28-10 to win the Orange Blossom Classic. The Rattlers ended a four-game losing streak to the Tigers with the win, and won their first Orange Blossom Classic since its revival in 2021.

With the win, Florida A&M moves to 1-0 on the season and in the SWAC, picking up a pivotal divisional win in the SWAC East. Jackson State falls to 1-1 and will need the Rattlers to lose at least one conference game to win the SWAC East division.

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