|Stadium||Center Parc Stadium|
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)|
Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is an annual historically black college college football game showcasing a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and a team from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).  The series began in 2005  and initially paired the defending conference champions,  although the selection process was broadened to include non-champions as well, in 2007. Entering 2021, the MEAC leads the series with 10 wins to the SWAC's four (along with a "no contest" game in 2016,  and a cancellation in 2020). The Challenge is televised nationally on ESPN and is owned by ESPN Events. It is associated with the Labor Day weekend.  
South Carolina State beat Alabama State in the first Challenge in 2005, and for its first three years the event was held in Birmingham, Alabama (home of the SWAC's offices ), at Legion Field. In 2007, the event attracted its largest crowd—over 30,000—as Southern beat Florida A&M and earned the SWAC's first victory in the series. In 2008, the Challenge moved to Orlando, Florida after a new sponsorship was announced;  Walt Disney World Resort would sponsor the event for eight years until 2015.  From 2008 to 2013, as well as in 2015, it was held in Orlando at the Florida Citrus Bowl, now called Camping World Stadium. In 2014, the game was played at Spectrum Stadium as Camping World Stadium underwent renovations.
In April 2016, it was announced that the game would move to campus sites for 2016 and 2017 (on September 4, 2016, Bethune–Cookman attempted to host Alcorn State in Daytona Beach, Florida, but the game was halted before halftime due to lightning associated with feeder bands from Hurricane Hermine;  on September 3, 2017, Southern hosted South Carolina State in Baton Rouge, Louisiana). The event moved to a non-HBCU campus venue in 2018—this time at Center Parc Stadium. 
Nine future NFL draft picks have played in the Challenge. They are Phillip Adams (South Carolina State), Michael Coe (Alabama State), Johnny Culbreath (South Carolina State), Justin Durant ( Hampton), Javon Hargrave (South Carolina State), Temarrick Hemingway (South Carolina State), Curtis Holcomb (Florida A&M), Tarvaris Jackson (Alabama State), and Kendall Langford (Hampton). 
|Year||MEAC representative||Score||SWAC representative||Attendance||Location|
|2005||South Carolina State||27–14||Alabama State||18,452||Legion Field ( Birmingham, Alabama)|
|2006||Hampton||27–26 OT ||Grambling State||19,175||Legion Field (Birmingham, Alabama)|
|2007||Florida A&M||27–33||Southern||30,106||Legion Field (Birmingham, Alabama)|
|2008||Hampton||17–13||Jackson State||10,723||Florida Citrus Bowl ( Orlando, Florida)|
|2009||South Carolina State||34–31||Grambling State||21,367||Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Florida)|
|2010||Delaware State||27–37||Southern||16,327||Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Florida)|
|2011||Bethune–Cookman||63–14||Prairie View A&M||17,337||Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Florida)|
|2012||Bethune–Cookman||38–28||Alabama State||17,410||Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Florida)|
|2013||Florida A&M||27–10 ||Mississippi Valley State||24,376 ||Florida Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Florida)|
|2014||North Carolina A&T||47–13||Alabama A&M||8,210 ||Spectrum Stadium (Orlando, Florida)|
|2015||South Carolina State||35–7||Arkansas–Pine Bluff||7,257||Orlando Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Florida)|
|2016||Bethune–Cookman||7–13 unofficial #||Alcorn State||6,000 ||Municipal Stadium ( Daytona Beach, Florida)|
|2017||South Carolina State||8–14||Southern||10,006 ||A. W. Mumford Stadium ( Baton Rouge, Louisiana)|
|2018||North Carolina Central||24–40||Prairie View A&M||10,274||Center Parc Stadium ( Atlanta)|
|2019||Bethune–Cookman||36–15||Jackson State||23,333||Center Parc Stadium (Atlanta) |
|2020^||South Carolina State||(Cancelled)||Grambling State||—||Center Parc Stadium (Atlanta) |
- # Score is unofficial; game called no contest with 7:14 remaining in the 2nd Quarter (22:46 point of game), as game had not reached official status prior to lightning ending the event. 
- ^ The 2020 game was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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