Since 1989, the Fountain City Classic has been one of the premier Division II HBCU rivalries. The game features the Albany State (GA) Golden Rams and the Fort Valley State Wildcats in an intense SIAC battle.
Before the latest edition of the rivalry kicks off on Nov. 5, here's what you need to know.
When is the 2022 Fountain City Classic?
This year's Fountain City Classic is at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 5, at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Georgia.
How to watch the 2022 Fountain City Classic
Here's how to watch the 2022 Fountain City Classic:
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 5
- Streaming: ESPN+ (subscription required)
- Location: A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Georgia
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What are some other events surrounding the game?
The 2022 Fountain City Classic will also feature events including a church service, coaches luncheon, golf outing, sneaker ball, a parade and more. Click or tap here for the complete list of events surrounding the game.
Who are some players to watch?
- RB Marcuis Fulks
- WR Rashad Jordan
- LB Stephan Pierre
- LB Malik Barnes
- DB Jaree Turner
Fort Valley State
- QB Kelvin Durham
- RB Emanuel Wilson
- DE Tim Alderman
- LB Kentrell Lawson
- DB Tyler Moore
Albany State vs. Fort Valley State: By the numbers
Albany State is ranked eighth in Super Region Two entering this year's classic. Fort Valley State is unranked.
Here's how the two programs stack up:
|Albany State||2022 STATS||Fort Valley State|
|7-2 (5-1)||Record (Conf)||7-2 (4-2)|
|30.67||Points per game||29.89|
|376.0||Yards per game||391.6|
|284.0||Yards allowed per game||330.4|
|190.3||Rush yards per game||186.4|
|119.3||Rush yards allowed per game||118.8|
|185.67||Pass yards per game||205.11|
|164.67||Pass yards allowed per game||211.67|
Albany State vs. Fort Valley State: Series history
Albany State and Fort Valley State first met on the gridiron in 1945, but the Fountain City Classic didn’t begin until 1989. The Fountain City Classic enters its 31st year in 2022, with Fort Valley State winning the inaugural matchup 19-13. In 1990, the Fountain City Classic moved to Columbus, Georgia, a city where the Golden Rams have a 24-7 advantage in the series. Albany State has won four straight games in the rivalry, defeating Fort Valley State 57-0 in 2021.
Albany State holds a 39-30-3 all-time series lead. Here's a history of the series over the last decade:
|11/6/2021||Albany State||Fort Valley State||57-0||Columbus, GA|
|11/9/2019||Albany State||Fort Valley State||42-6||Columbus, GA|
|11/3/2018||Albany State||Fort Valley State||40-6||Columbus, GA|
|11/4/2017||Albany State||Fort Valley State||34-9||Columbus, GA|
|11/5/2016||Fort Valley State||Albany State||21-17||Columbus, GA|
|11/7/2015||Albany State||Fort Valley State||21-17||Columbus, GA|
|11/8/2014||Albany State||Fort Valley State||32-21||Columbus, GA|
|11/9/2013||Albany State||Fort Valley State||19-10||Columbus, GA|
|11/3/2012||Fort Valley State||Albany State||38-20||Columbus, GA|