Hampton University is heading into its 2019 football season, its first in The Big South, with a bit of old mixed in with the new. 

Despite not being apart of the MEAC anymore, Hampton still managed to schedule some HBCUs, most notably Howard. After a year break, The Battle of the Real HU will be held on September 14 at Howard University.

Hampton also plays old CIAA rival Elizabeth City State, its first game since 1995. For its final game against an HBCU before homecoming, Hampton will play Virginia Union. The two private schools, separated by an hour’s distance, will face off on September 6th. This rivalry predates the one with Norfolk State. Virginia Union leads the all-time series 41-38-3.

Speaking of NSU, Hampton’s closest rival isn’t on the schedule again in 2019. No updates on whether or not there will be a meeting in the future.

Here is the schedule in its entirety. Home games are in bold.

Aug. 31 – Elizabeth City State – 6 pm – Alumni Day

Sept. 7 – Virginia Union – 6 pm – Greek Day

Sept. 14 – at Howard – TBA – Washington, D.C.

Sept. 21 – at Liberty – TBA – Lynchburg, Va.

Oct. 5 – North Alabama – 2 pm – Pink Day/City of Hampton Day/Family Day

Oct. 12 – at Gardner-Webb – TBA – Boiling Springs, N.C.

Oct. 19 – at Campbell – TBA – Buies Creek, N.C.

Oct. 26 – Virginia University of Lynchburg – 2 pm – Homecoming

Nov. 2 – Presbyterian – 1 pm – Military Appreciation Day

Nov. 9 – at Charleston Southern – TBA – Charleston, S.C.

Nov. 16 – Kennesaw State – 1 pm – Senior Day/Corporate Partners Day

Nov. 23 – at Monmouth – TBA – West Long Branch, N.J.