In one of the more unpredictable pairings in the history of intra-conference black college football, Florida A&M University will face Mississippi Valley State University in the 2013 MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando on Sept. 1.
It will mark the second time in three years that the game will feature two schools not favored to compete for their respective conference titles, with Southern University and Delaware State University competing in the 2010 edition of the game, with both teams moving on to finish 2-9 and 3-8, respectively.
Both FAMU and MVSU finished sub .500 in 2012, but are trending in different directions. Valley will make its first appearance in the Challenge under head coach Karl Morgan, who at 5-6 last year finished with his best record at Valley’s helm and delivered the best finish for the program since its 2006 6-5 campaign. FAMU, which finished 4-7 last year, enters the season under new head coach Earl Holmes, and with an unknown date of return for the Marching 100, a key factor in how well attended the 2013 Challenge may turn out to be.