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HBCU football classic featuring Division II schools to be televised nationally


The time for the 2024 Boeing Red Tails Classic was announced on Thursday.

Television and kickoff will be set for Tuskegee University’s season-opening trip to face Johnson C. Smith at the historic Cramton Bowl.

The Golden Tigers and Golden Bulls will play on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 6:00 p.m. CT in a nationally televised game on ESPNU. This is the fifth consecutive year the game will be televised on the ESPN family of networks since its creation. Tuskegee is currently 1-3 in the classic, including a win last season over Fort Valley State.

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Photo: Tuskegee Athletics

The two programs last played in the inaugural Inner City Classic in Atlanta, Ga. on Sept. 8, 2012, with Tuskegee earning a 35-17 victory. Tuskegee leads the all-time series by a 12-5-1 count, with eight of the games being decided by 10 points or less. The series has had several streaks, with Tuskegee having won the last eight meetings dating back to 1970.

Both programs are coming off 7-4 records in 2023 while also finishing 6-2 in their respective conference standings.

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