Durham, NC (Sports Network) - Coming off its first winning season since 2007, North Carolina Central football announced an 11-game schedule on Thursday, including five at home.
North Carolina Central, which finished 6-5 this past season, will make the short five-mile trip to Duke on Aug. 31 to open the season in a game billed as the "Bull City Gridiron Classic."
The Eagles' home games at O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium are against two-time defending CAA Football champion Towson on Sept. 21 and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents South Carolina State (Oct. 12), Morgan State (Oct. 19), Bethune-Cookman (Nov. 2) and Norfolk State (Nov. 16).
Coach Henry Frazier III's squad also will play road games against Charlotte (Sept. 14), a first-year program on its way to the FBS level, and MEAC schools Howard (Oct. 5), Savannah State (Oct. 26), Hampton (Nov. 9) and North Carolina A&T (Nov. 23).
"We open up with an FBS opponent (Duke), a future FBS program (Charlotte) and the co-champions of the Colonial Athletic Association (Towson)," Frazier, who is in his third season at North Carolina Central, said. "Those games will be an awesome gauge to see how far we've come as a program."
2013 North Carolina Central Football Schedule
All Times ET
Aug. 31, at Duke
Sept. 14, at Charlotte
Sept. 21, Towson, 2 p.m.
Oct. 5, at Howard*, 1 p.m.
Oct. 12, South Carolina State*, 2 p.m.
Oct. 19, Morgan State*, 2 p.m.
Oct. 26, at Savannah State*
Nov. 2, Bethune-Cookman*, 2 p.m.
Nov. 9, at Hampton*
Nov. 16, Norfolk State*, 2 p.m.
Nov. 23, at North Carolina A&T*, 1 p.m.
* - MEAC game