BALTIMORE, Md. – Morgan State University's 2017 football schedule has been announced and it features five home games in Hughes Stadium, including an FBS matchup at Big Ten opponent Rutgers.
Coming off a 3-8 season (3-5 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) in 2016, Morgan State will open their 2017 campaign on the road against Towson on Sept. 2 in the Battle for Greater Baltimore at Johnny Unitas Stadium. It will mark the 23rd meeting between the teams and their ninth time facing each other in a season opener since 1979.
MSU's home opener will feature a first-time matchup against CAA member Albany on Sept. 9. Albany finished the 2016 season receiving votes for the STATS FCS Top 25 poll.
The Bears will head north for their final non-conference matchup when they face the Rutgers Scarlett Knights on Sept. 16 at High Point Solutions Stadium.
MSU returns home for its conference opener against North Carolina A&T on Sept. 23. It will mark the Aggies first trip to Hughes Stadium since suffering a 24-23 loss to the Bears in 2013. It will also be the first meeting between the teams since 2014.
Following a bye, the Bears travel to South Carolina State on Oct. 7 for their first meeting in Orangeburg (S.C.) since 2013.
Homecoming is slated for Oct. 14 against Savannah State, followed by a short road trip to face Beltway rival Howard for the Bisons' Homecoming on Oct. 21.
The Bears entertain Florida A&M on Oct. 28, followed by a 2-game road trip, first at Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 4 and then at Delaware State on Nov. 11.
Morgan State concludes its 2017 regular season when Norfolk State enters Hughes Stadium for a Nov. 18 matchup.
Game times and television plans for MSU's 2017 games will be announced at a later date.
All home games will be played at Earl C. Banks Field in Hughes Stadium.
The 2017 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl will be played in December at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The Bears open the 2017 campaign under head coach Fred Farrier, set to enter his first year at the helm without the interim tag, and his fourth year at Morgan State.
"This will be a fantastic schedule for our team and for our fans," said Farrier. "We get to open with a game right here in Baltimore and it will be a great opportunity for our fans to come out and support us just like a home game. It would be great for our fans to take over their stadium and tailgate areas with orange and blue!"
"We follow that with a home game in week two and travel to play a Big 10 opponent in the third game," added Farrier. "It will be an exciting start before we head into our MEAC schedule with an opening home game versus North Carolina A&T."
Morgan State opens spring drills on March 29 and will conclude with the annual spring game at Hughes Stadium on Saturday, April 29.
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2017 MSU FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 2 at Towson
Sept. 9 ALBANY
Sept. 16 at Rutgers
Sept. 23 N.C. A&T*
Oct. 7 at South Carolina State*
Oct. 14 SAVANNAH STATE* (HC)
Oct. 21 at Howard*
Oct. 28 FLORIDA A&M*
Nov. 4 at Bethune-Cookman*
Nov. 11 at Delaware State*
Nov. 18 NORFOLK STATE*
* Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game