MOBILE, Ala. — The Alabama A&M Bulldogs and Jackson State Tigers will play in the Gulf Coast Challenge twice over the next three seasons, FBSchedules.com has learned.
A copy of the contract for both games was obtained from Jackson State University via a state public records request.
Jackson State and Alabama A&M will square off in the Gulf Coast Challenge at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., during the 2022 and 2024 seasons. The 5th annual Challenge kicks off at 4 p.m. on Nov. 12 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Exact dates for the game in 2024 will be determined by the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
The Gulf Coast Challenge, dubbed “the Ultimate HBCU Experience”, was created to “…enhance the exposure of Historically Black Colleges & Universities in this enriched community. The event highlights the community’s exclusive interest in HBCUs and the roles that they play in educating aspiring professionals & developing our future leaders.”
Jackson State and Alabama A&M are both members of the SWAC and compete in the East Division. The two schools are scheduled to meet this season on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Louis Crews Stadium in Huntsville, Ala. The game will be streamed live via ESPN+ at 3:00pm ET/2:00pm CT.
Jackson State and Alabama A&M first met on the gridiron in 1999 and have played 22 contests overall. In their most recent matchup during the Spring, the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 52-43 to even the series at 11 games apiece.
Alabama A&M beat Tuskegee 45-35 before a crowd of 12,500 in last year’s Gulf Coast Challenge(AAMU Bulldogs improve to 3-0 with victory against Tuskegee at the Gulf Coast Challenge).