FAMU football schedule 2022 including trip to North Carolina

Willie Simmons wants his FAMU football program to take on the challenge of playing against stronger teams.

Rattlers coach gets his wish in 2022.

FAMU’s 11-game schedule, released Monday by the school, includes games against North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) champion Albany State, and MEAC/Celebration Bowl champion South Carolina State.

In addition, the Rattlers must navigate their eight SWAC games led by conference champion Jackson State in the Orange Blossom Classic in Miami and rival Bethune-Cookman in the annual Florida Classic in Orlando.

FAMU, which won 4-0 at Bragg Memorial Stadium last year, will play five home games in 2022.

“We feel like we have one of the toughest programs in all of FCS football this fall, but to be the best you have to beat the best,” Simmons said in a statement.

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Florida A&M Rattlers wide receiver Jah'Marae Sheread (10) runs the ball during a game between FAMU and Grambling State University at Bragg Memorial Stadium on FAMU's homecoming on Saturday, October 30, 2021.

FAMU finished 9-3 last season capped by an FCS playoff berth.

The Rattlers open week zero on August 27 in North Carolina, which missed a third consecutive winning season in 2021 at 6-7 under coach Mack Brown. UNC opened the season ranked in the top 10 nationally and chose to win the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

(Week Zero is the opening week of college football games, although only a small number of games are played. Most teams open their season in “Week 1.”)

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