Sept. 4 Alabama State

in Detroit, 1

The defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champion returns quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who threw 18 touchdown passes in 2003.

Sept. 11 at Hampton, 6

The Pirates are led by preseason MEAC offensive player of the year Alonzo Coleman, who ran for 1,137 yards and 18 touchdowns last season.

Sept. 18 Alcorn State at FedEx Field, 4

The Braves are 1-3 against the Bison, losing three in a row.

Sept. 25 Savannah State, 1

Richard Basil, the school's seventh coach in 10 years, will try to end a 15-game losing streak, the longest in NCAA Division I football.

Oct. 9 Charleston Southern, 1

Two cupcakes in a row for Howard: The Buccaneers went 1-11 last season, losing by an average score of 42-9.

Oct. 16 Morgan State, 1

Bears quarterback Bradshaw Littlejohn, a transfer from Michigan State, is a preseason all-MEAC choice after throwing for 11 touchdowns in 2003.

Oct. 23 at N.C. A&T, 6:30

The defending MEAC champion returns 15 starters, including defensive lineman Rickie Lewis, who had 71/2 sacks last season.

Oct. 30 Norfolk State, 1

The Spartans went 1-11 last season, but they have the MEAC's best linebacker in Kevin Talley.

Nov. 6 at S.C. State, 1:30

The Bulldogs must replace quarterback Reese McCampbell, who had more than 2,800 yards of total offense and threw for 15 touchdowns last season.

Nov. 13 at Bethune-Cookman, 4

The Wildcats will try to make the Division I-AA playoffs -- and beat rival Florida A&M -- for the third season in a row.

Nov. 20 Delaware State, 1

Longtime NFL and college assistant Al Lavan takes over a program that finished 1-10 last season.