Pair Of MEAC Teams Earn Postseason Football Berths
NORFOLK, Va. – For the first time since 2013, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference will have two football teams represented in postseason play. 2016 MEAC Champion North Carolina Central University earned a berth to the 2nd annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl while North Carolina A&T State received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs.
NCCU will make its first postseason appearance as a member of the Division I FCS ranks as they’ll square off against the Southwestern Athletic Conference Champion in the 2nd annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on Dec. 17 in Atlanta, Ga. live on ABC Television. This also marks NCCU’s first postseason appearance in 10 seasons as they participated in back-to-back Division II Playoff contests in 2005 and 2006. NCCU’s opponent will be decided on Dec. 3 following the conclusion of the SWAC Championship Game.
North Carolina A&T State, which travels to Richmond on Saturday at 2 p.m., returns to the postseason for the second consecutive season and its first trip to the FCS Playoffs since 2003 as they played Wofford. The Aggies are 1-4 all-time in the playoffs with their only win coming in 1999 against top-seeded Tennessee State.
Richmond is a familiar opponent to the MEAC having played Norfolk State this season and Hampton in 2015 and 2014. The Spiders played host to Morgan State in the first round of the 2014 FCS Playoffs and Hampton in the first round of the 2005 playoffs.
This marks the first time since the inception of the Celebration Bowl that the MEAC will have two postseason representatives. The league has had multiple FCS Playoff representatives in 2013, 2010, 2003, 1999, 1998 and 1997. During the era of the Heritage Bowl (1991-99), the MEAC had three teams in postseason action during the 1999, 1998 and 1997 campaigns.
Tickets for the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl are available at www.thecelebrationbowl.com or the NCCU Ticket Office. Tickets for North Carolina A&T State’s contest are available via www.RichmondSpiders.com.