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Howard to kick off 2012 in Nation's Football Classic

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Howard football will kick off the 2012 season against Morehouse College in the Second Annual Nation's Football Classic Sept. 1 at RFK Stadium.

Last year, Howard's FCS program beat Division II Morehouse, 30-27.

Howard will play five home games against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents: Savannah State (Sept. 29); Florida A&M (Oct. 6); Morgan State (Oct. 20, Homecoming); Hampton (Nov. 3); and Delaware State (Nov. 17).

The Bison will play one FBS opponent when they travel to Rutgers on Sept. 8. They also face a difficult non-conference road game at Southern Conference power Georgia Southern on Nov. 10.

Within the MEAC, Howard's road games are against defending champion Norfolk State (Sept. 15), North Carolina A&T (Oct. 13) and South Carolina State (Oct. 27).

The Bison finished 5-6 in coach Gary Harrell's first season last year.

2012 Howard Football Schedule

All Times ET

Sept. 1, Morehouse, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 8, at Rutgers, Piscataway, N.J., TBA

Sept. 15, at Norfolk State*, Norfolk, Va., 4 p.m.

Sept. 29, SAVANNAH STATE*, Washington, D.C., 1 p.m.

Oct. 6, FLORIDA A&M*, Washington, D.C., 1 p.m.

Oct. 13, at North Carolina A&T*, Greensboro, N.C., TBA

Oct. 20, MORGAN STATE* (Homecoming), Washington, D.C. 1 p.m.

Oct. 27, at South Carolina State*, Orangeburg, S.C., TBA

Nov. 3, HAMPTON*, Washington, D.C., 1 p.m.

Nov. 10, at Georgia Southern, Statesboro, Ga., TBA

Nov. 17, DELAWARE STATE*, Washington, D.C., 1 p.m.

* - MEAC game

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