Celebration Bowl arrives Dec. 17 in Atlanta
Fred Jeter | 12/1/2022, 6 p.m.
The matchup is set for the SWAC football championship. Southern University, La., will play Jackson State, Miss., for the title Dec. 3 in Jackson. ESPN2 will televise the 3 p.m. contest.
Southern, now 7-4, won the SWAC’s Western Division on Nov. 26 by defeating Grambling, 34-17, before 62,337 Bayou Classic fans at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.
Coach Deion Sanders’ Jackson State Tigers, 11-0, long ago won the Eastern Division.
The SWAC champ will advance to play MEAC winner North Carolina Central on Dec.17 in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta. ABC will provide TV coverage.
Since 2015, the SWAC and MEAC — the nation’s two historically Black Division I conferences — have chosen to play in the Celebration Bowl rather than the FCS playoffs.