Saturday Winston-Salem State, 1

After a final season in the Division II CIAA, the Rams will begin the process of joining the Division I-AA MEAC.

Sept. 10 Hampton, 1

Defending MEAC champion was dubbed the league favorite in preseason polls.

Sept. 17 at Florida A&M, 7

NCAA violations led to the firing of coach Billy Joe; the Rattlers introduced new coach Rubin Carter on July 20.

Sept. 24 at Savannah State, 6

Howard has outscored the Tigers 101-10 over the last two seasons.

Oct. 1 at Charleston Southern, 1:30

After avoiding a losing record for the first time, the Buccaneers have 16 returning starters.

Oct. 15 at Morgan State, 1

Kelvin Dickens (Parkdale) led the league with 1,019 receiving yards, but he'll be without all-MEAC quarterback Bradshaw Littlejohn.

Oct. 22 North Carolina A&T, 1

Last year's injury-marred 3-8 season was Aggies' worst since 1988.

Oct. 29 at Norfolk State, 1

Pete Adrian takes over a program that hasn't had a winning season since 1996.

Nov. 4 South Carolina State, 7

Thousand-yard running back DeShawn Baker is one of eight starters back from an offense that led the MEAC in rushing.

Nov. 12 Bethune-Cookman, 1

Howard won, 10-7, last year in a matchup featuring the MEAC's two best defenses.

Nov. 19 at Delaware State, noon

The road team has won three straight in this series, including a 32-13 romp by the visiting Hornets last season.