NORFOLK, Va., June 2, 2023 – ESPN announced on Wednesday, May 31, its slate of college football games to be aired live on ESPNU during the 2023 season, and two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) contests were among those listed.

Both games feature defending Cricket Celebration Bowl champion North Carolina Central.

In addition, ESPN announced that this year’s Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff between South Carolina State and Jackson State on Saturday, Aug. 26, in Atlanta, Ga. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and air live on ABC for the first time.

Thursday, Oct. 19, will see the Eagles hit the road to square off against Morgan State. The following Thursday, Oct. 26, North Carolina Central will be back home to take on South Carolina State.

Both games will air live on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Cricket Celebration Bowl will be Saturday, Dec. 16 at 12 p.m., at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., aired live on ABC – meaning the bookends of the Div. I HBCU football season will air on network television.

The rest of the MEAC’s 2023 ESPN football slate will be announced at a later date, in anticipation of MEAC Football Media Day, presented by Wells Fargo, on Friday, July 21.

About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is in its 52nd year of intercollegiate competition with the 2022-23 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of eight outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.