It's a rivalry that dates back to 1944.
FAMU head football coach Joe Taylor says,
"Through the Jake Gaither, John Meritt days when those two guys always had tremendous battles and we're just keeping that tradition going."
A tradition that began in 1989, sixteen games between Tennessee State and FAMU have met halfway, in Atlanta, to play in what is now called the Atlanta Football Classic.
FAMU sophomore DT Padric Scott adds,
"It's always a big event. The history and tradition surrounding it, now you can't let that get too much over you so you still have to approach it as a game, but it's also a great game to have that environment."
Since the rivalry was moved to Atlanta, the Rattlers own a 13-3 mark over the Tigers, including winning the last 8.
FAMU junior DT Nicolas Hollinghead adds,
"It's always been a good game. Every year it always goes down to the wire with a few plays here and there but we've been coming gout on top. We don't expect anything to change, coming out and just playing hard."
Overall, this will be the 50th meeting between the two schools. A win for the Rattlers would tie the series record at twenty five wins a piece.
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