DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In a joint effort between Lynn W. Thompson (Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics) and Terry Sims (Head Football Coach), Bethune-Cookman University announced its 2018 football schedule on Thursday afternoon. In all, Bethune-Cookman will play four home games at Municipal Stadium, as well as taking part in three "classic" contests on the road.
"In conjunction with Head Coach Terry Sims, we wanted to put together a challenging and exciting schedule for our student-athletes, coaches and fans," said Thompson. "We know the schedule is being released a little later than usual, but we wanted to make sure everything was in place with dates and locations before we announced anything."
A familiar foe returns to the 2018 schedule as Bethune-Cookman opens the slate Labor Day weekend at Tennessee State for the Tigers' annual John Merritt Classic taking place inside Nissan Stadium. The two teams last met in the John Merritt Classic back in 2013, when the visitors from Daytona Beach were victorious, 12-9.
BCU opens its home schedule taking on Virginia University of Lynchburg on September 8 at Municipal Stadium. The game will also serve as Hall of Fame weekend, as BCU will be set to induct a new class into its Athletics Hall of Fame.
"It's always special to honor an Athletics Hall of Fame Class and enjoy good, quality football with a packed stadium," said Sims. "It was special a few years ago when we had so many wonderful former coaches and student-athletes join the BCU Athletics Hall of Fame family not just as an alum, but as a name that will forever be enshrined in the BCU Department of Athletics history books. We look forward to doing the same thing this year."
BCU returns to Boca Raton, Florida for a game against Florida Atlantic (Sept. 15) in the second of a two-year agreement between the two schools, before traveling to take on Howard (Sept. 22) in the Circle City Classic housed at Lucas Oil Stadium – home of the Indianapolis Colts.
The month of September ends with a trip to Savannah, Georgia in what will be the final meeting between BCU and Savannah State as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opponents on September 29.
The Maroon and Gold open the October push with Mississippi Valley State visiting Daytona Beach for a BCU Homecoming 2K18 weekend on October 6. The following weekend, the Wildcats visit South Carolina State (Oct. 13), before returning home to face defending MEAC and Celebration Bowl Champion North Carolina A&T (Oct. 20).
November sees BCU open on the road at Morgan State (Nov. 3) before celebrating Senior Appreciation Day against North Carolina Central (Nov. 10). And, of course, the regular season slate concludes with the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic contest against Florida A&M (Nov. 17) at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
2018 Bethune-Cookman Football Schedule (as of 3/14/2018)
|Sept. 1(Sat)||at Tennessee State^||Nashville, Tenn.||TBA||John Merritt Classic|
|Sept. 8(Sat)||Virginia-Lynchburg||Daytona Beach, Fla.||4 p.m.||Hall of Fame Game|
|Sept. 15 (Sat)||at Florida Atlantic||Boca Raton, Fla.||TBA|
|Sept. 22 (Sat)||vs. Howard*%||Indianapolis, Ind.||4:30 p.m.||Circle City Classic|
|Sept. 29 (Sat)||at Savannah State*||Savannah, Ga.||TBA|
|Oct. 6(Sat)||MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE||Daytona Beach, Fla.||4 p.m.||Homecoming|
|Oct. 13(Sat)||at South Carolina State*||Orangeburg, S.C.||2 p.m.|
|Oct. 20(Sat)||NORTH CAROLINA A&T*||Daytona Beach, Fla.||4 p.m.|
|Nov. 3(Sat)||at Morgan State*||Baltimore, Md.||TBA|
|Nov. 10 Sat)||NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL*||Daytona Beach, Fla.||4 p.m||Senior Appreciation Day.|
|Nov. 17(Sat)||vs. Florida A&M*+ (ESPNU/ESPN3)||Orlando, Fla.||2 p.m||Florida Blue Florida Classic.|
All HOME GAMES are played at Larry Kelly Field at Municipal Stadium.
All times Eastern.
* MEAC Game ^ Game played at Nissan Stadium.
% Game played at Lucas Oil Stadium.
+ Game played at Camping World Stadium.
All HOME GAMES streamed live on CatEye Network (unless otherwise noted for network television).