The 2022 Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kick-Off game will again open the college football season in “Week 0,” on Saturday, August 27, and will be televised live on ESPN at 7:00 p.m., allowing for a significant showcase for both HBCU programs and conferences.

This year’s matchup features the Alabama State University Hornets verses Howard University Bison.

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, also operates the season-ending Cricket Celebration Bowl that will be televised live on ABC for the seventh consecutive time, kicking off at noon ET, on Saturday, Dec. 17, from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The Cricket Celebration Bowl, which showcases the heritage, legacy, pageantry and tradition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), features the conference champions from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

The MEAC leads the series 5-1. This year’s game will be the second for Cricket Wireless as title sponsor.

The Celebration Bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events.

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