Bethune-Cookman announces 2023 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats have announced their 2023 football schedule, which features games at Memphis and Miami.

Bethune-Cookman opens the 2023 season on the road against the Memphis Tigers on Saturday, Sept. 2. The following week on Sept. 9, B-C opens their home slate at Daytona Stadium in Daytona Beach, Fla., against the Savannah State Tigers.

A Thursday night road game (Sept. 14) at the Miami Hurricanes closes out the non-conference portion of the Wildcats’ slate in 2023.

Bethune-Cookman opens Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action on the road on Sept. 23 against Jackson State. The Wildcats will also travel to play Alabama State on Oct. 7 and Grambling State on Oct. 28.

SWAC opponents scheduled to visit Daytona Stadium in 2023 include Texas Southern on Oct. 14 (Homecoming), Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 4, and Alabama A&M on Nov. 11. The Wildcats will also play Southern on Oct. 21 at a neutral-site to be determined.

Bethune-Cookman will close out the 2023 season on Nov. 18 against Florida A&M in the Florida Blue Florida Classic at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Below is Bethune-Cookman’s complete schedule for the 2023 season, plus a link to their schedule page which will be updated with kickoff times and TV as they are announced:

2023 Bethune-Cookman Football Schedule

  • 09/02 – at Memphis
  • 09/09 – Savannah State
  • 09/14 – at Miami (FL)
  • 09/23 – at Jackson State*
  • 09/30 – OFF
  • 10/07 – at Alabama State*
  • 10/14 – Texas Southern*
  • 10/21 – Southern* (site TBA)
  • 10/28 – at Grambling State*
  • 11/04 – Mississippi Valley State*
  • 11/11 – Alabama A&M*
  • 11/18 – Florida A&M* (Orlando)

* SWAC contest.

Bethune-Cookman finished the 2022 season 2-9 overall and 2-6 in SWAC action. The Wildcats will be playing their first season under head coach Raymond Woodie, Jr., who was a four-year letter-winner as a linebacker and 1996 graduate of Bethune-Cookman College.

Comments (2)

I know it’s not quite related to Bethune-Cookman, but I was looking at Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s 2023 schedule, and noticed that they might have to cancel their game against Central Arkansas, or have to move around some SWAC games to get that game played (unless they can get a Week 0 exemption).
Here’s what needs to happen to get that UAPB/UCA game played:
-Abilene Christian @ Prairie View (non-conference game) gets moved from Week 2 to Week 6 (which ACU currently has open)
-MVSU @ Prairie View (SWAC game) gets moved from Week 6 to Week 2 (which MVSU current has open)
-UAPB @ MVSU is set for Week 6 (which UAPB currently has open, date of game is currently not set)
-Alcorn State @ UAPB is moved from Week 7 to Week 6 (which both schools currently have open)
-Central Arkansas @ UAPB is set for Week 7 (which UCA currently has open).

I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but that’s the simplest way I could figure out how that UCA @ UAPB game gets played this year outside of Week 0.
Then, as an optional move, the Abilene Christian @ Central Arkansas game currently scheduled for Week 4 can be moved up to Week 2 so both teams don’t have to deal with super early byes.

I need to correct myself.
Alcorn St @ UAPB would be moved from Week 8 to Week 7, and UCA @ UAPB would be on Week 8.