Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (6-4, 4-3 MEAC) v. Florida A&M Rattlers (9-1, 7-0 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 23 • Camping World Stadium • Orlando • 3:30 p.m.
Longtime Florida rivals Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M universities will wrap up their seasons with the 39th annual Florida Classic at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The Wildcats have won the last eight meetings, dating back to 2011 – including last year’s 33-19 decision that kept the Rattlers out of the Celebration Bowl.
There are no Celebration Bowl implications here: FAMU is ineligible for postseason play while Bethune-Cookman bowed out of the race last week with a loss to North Carolina A&T in Greensboro. But there is still plenty on the line.
FAMU is looking to break that skid in a rivalry game it once owned during the '80s and '90s. It’s looking also to complete its season with a 10-1 record, and possibly claim an HBCU national title. Here’s more on that.
Florida A&M’s Xavier Smith broke the 1,000-yard mark in receiving yards with a third-quarter reception, and he also moved into third place in FAMU history with his 11th touchdown catch in the 39-7 win over Howard this past Saturday. Quarterback Ryan Stanley will be playing in the final game of his career and looks to cap off a stellar season in which he’s thrown 20 touchdowns to just five interceptions.
Florida A&M finished unbeaten at home and had nine wins for the first time since 2009.
Head coach Willie Simmons now joins Rattler legends Rudy Hubbard (9-2 in 1975) and Billy Joe (9-3 in 1995) in reaching nine wins in their second season as head coach. Florida A&M won its ninth straight game, which is the second longest winning streak in program history since the 1998 team won 10 straight.
Content from MEAC Sports was used in this report.
This report originally appeared on HBCU Gameday.