2023 MEAC College Football Schedules and Facts

May 17, 2023 by Staff

There are no changes to the 6-team MEAC lineup and no automatic bid to compete for as the champion plays the SWAC champion in the Celebration Bowl.

The conference membership for 2023 continues to be Delaware State, Howard, Morgan State, Norfolk State, North Carolina Central, and South Carolina State.

Last year, North Carolina Central and Howard were co-champions with 4-1 records, but the Bison were left out of the playoff as NC Central won the head-to-head matchup 50-21. The Eagles went on to defeat Deion Sanders' Jackson State team in the Celebration Bowl, 41-34 in overtime, in Sanders' final game with the Tigers as he left to take the head coaching job at Colorado.

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Coaching Changes

Delaware State is the only MEAC team that will open the 2023 season with a new head coach after Rod Milstead was fired on November 28. He spent five seasons at the helm with records of 17-33 over-all and 9-30 in the MEAC. His best marks were a pair of 5-6 seasons in 2021 and 2022.

Lee Hull was named as the new man in charge on December 19. Hull had been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Howard since 2020 when he was hired by the Bisons' incoming head coach, Larry Scott. This is not Hull's first head coaching stint as he held that position at Morgan State in 2014 and 2015, and led the Bears to the first round of the FCS playoffs in his first season. He left that job to coach wide receivers with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

See the entire list of FCS head coaching changes.


All of the conference games will take place between October 21 and November 18. Every MEAC school plays at least 1 FBS opponent. Delaware State, Howard and South Carolina State each play 2 FBS teams.

  • Delaware State plays 2 FBS teams with visits to Army on 9/9, and Miami (OH) on 9/23
  • Howard plays 2 FBS teams with a visit to Eastern Michigan for the season opener on Labor Day weekend Friday, and a trip to Evanston, Illinois on 10/7 to take on Northwestern
  • Morgan State visits Akron on 9/9
  • Norfolk State goes to Philadelphia to face Temple on 9/16
  • North Carolina Central travels cross-country to take on UCLA on 9/16
  • South Carolina State plays 2 FBS teams with visits to Charlotte on 9/2 and Georgia Tech on 9/9.

All but 1 MEAC team faces at least 1 opponent from D2. Morgan State doesn't play any lower division schools, but Delaware State plays two.

Team-by-Team Schedules
*denotes conference game

9/2 Bowie State (D2)
9/9 at Army
9/16 at Richmond
9/23 at Miami (OH)
9/30 Virginia-Lynchburg (D2)
10/7 at Central Connecticut
10/21 South Carolina State*
10/28 Howard*
11/4 at Morgan State*
11/11 Norfolk State*
11/18 at North Carolina Central*

9/1 at Eastern Michigan
9/9 Morehouse College (D2)
9/16 Hampton
9/30 at Robert Morris
10/7 at Northwestern
10/14 at Harvard
10/21 Norfolk State*
10/28 at Delaware State*
11/4 at South Carolina State*
11/11 North Carolina Central*
11/18 Morgan State*

9/2 at Richmond
9/9 at Akron
9/16 Towson
9/23 Albany
9/30 at Yale
10/7 Stony Brook
10/21 North Carolina Central*
10/28 at Norfolk State*
11/4 Delaware State*
11/11 at South Carolina State*
11/18 at Howard*

9/2 Virginia State (D2)
9/9 at Hampton
9/16 at Temple
9/23 at Towson
9/30 North Carolina A&T
10/14 at Tennessee State
10/21 at Howard*
10/28 Morgan State*
11/4 at North Carolina Central*
11/11 at Delaware State*
11/18 South Carolina State*

9/2 Winston-Salem State (D2)
9/9 at North Carolina A&T
9/16 at UCLA
9/23 Mississippi Valley State (Indianapolis)
9/30 Campbell
10/7 at Elon
10/21 at Morgan State*
10/28 South Carolina State*
11/4 Norfolk State*
11/11 at Howard*
11/18 Delaware State*

8/26 Jackson State (Atlanta)
9/2 at Charlotte
9/9 at Georgia Tech
9/23 The Citadel
10/7 Virginia-Lynchburg (D2)
10/14 Tennessee Tech
10/21 at Delaware State*
10/28 at North Carolina Central*
11/4 Howard*
11/11 Morgan State*
11/18 at Norfolk State*