The Cricket Celebration Bowl is set!
For the first time, the Howard University Bison will represent the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in the Celebration Bowl. In their debut, the Bison will be paired with the Florida A&M Rattlers of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Bison and Rattlers will meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, December 16 at 12 p.m. EST.
The Bison enter the Cricket Celebration Bowl with a record of 6-5, bolstered by a 4-1 run through the MEAC. Along the way, the Bison dethroned last year’s conference champion and five-time Celebration Bowl Champions, North Carolina Central, with a 30-point beatdown at Greene Stadium in Washington, D.C. last month.
“Congratulations to the MEAC champion Howard University Bison for earning their first trip to the Cricket Celebration Bowl,” Cricket Celebration Bowl Executive Director John Grant said.
“We are excited for the Bison to make their first appearance and join us in this championship matchup.”
The Florida A&M Rattlers will also appear in their first Cricket Celebration Bowl after downing the Prairie View A&M Panthers by a score of 35-14 in the SWAC Championship on Saturday, December 2.
“Congratulations to SWAC champion Florida A&M University for earning their first trip to the Cricket Celebration Bowl,” Grant said.
“FAMU, led by Coach Simmons, had a wonderful season. We are excited for the Rattlers to join us in this championship matchup against the MEAC champion Howard University Bison.”