Defanging Rattlers would give B-CU an automatic berth to FCS playoffs

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131121_dt_front03bFROM STAFF REPORTS

If Bethune-Cookman University’s football team defeats the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Rattlers on Saturday at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl, it will mark the third year in a row that the Wildcats have defeated their instate rival.

Last year, the Wildcats whipped the Rattlers 21-16 in Orlando. In 2011, the score was B-CU 26, FAMU 16.

Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Brian Jenkins celebrates after his team defeated FAMU last year 21-16.

Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Brian Jenkins celebrates after his team defeated FAMU last year 21-16.

The Nov. 23 game also ends the regular season for the two teams. However, a win for B-CU means an automatic conference berth into the FCS playoffs. B-CU currently has a 9-2 overall season record and is 6-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference  (MEAC). )

68th football game
The game will be the 68th time the teams have faced each other on the gridiron and the 34th time as part of the Florida Classic. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

The football game will be carried live on ESPN Classic, later to be shown in replay on ESPNU.

Celebrity guests over the Classic weekend will include actor/comedian Kevin Hart, rapper and record label executive DJ Khaled and singer B Smyth.

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