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The Real HU
First contested1908
Hampton 6, Howard 0 (Howard Forfeit)
Number of meetings94
Most recent meetingNovember 18, 2017
Hampton 20, Howard 17
Next meetingSeptember 14, 2019
All-time seriesHampton leads 52–41–1
Largest victoryHampton, 52–2 (2002)
Howard, 51–0 (1973)
Longest win streakHampton, 14 (1997–2010)
Howard, 12 (1969–1980)
Current streakHampton, 3 (2015–present)

The Real HU is an American college football rivalry game played annually by the Bison of Howard University and the Pirates of Hampton University. The series started in 1908, and is driven by several factors which include; the close proximity of the two Mid- Atlantic schools, the historically high academic standing of both these private institutions as Howard and Hampton are considered Black Ivy League universities and have student- alumni populations from similar backgrounds, and the fact that the two schools have competed in the same athletic conferences for almost a century.

Previously the two schools competed in the CIAA and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. On November 16, 2017, Hampton announced that they were becoming a member of the Big South Conference in 2018. Due to scheduling reasons, Hampton was to remain in the MEAC for 2018, but the MEAC refused to allow Hampton to play MEAC opponents in 2018, as punishment for leaving the MEAC for the Big South Conference.[1] The rivalry will resume in 2019, with Hampton facing Howard on September 14 in the 22nd Annual Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field.[2]

The annual football contest has primarily been played at the two respective campus facilities; Armstrong Stadium for Hampton, and Howard's Greene Stadium, although the contest as been played at other locations such as Polo Grounds in New York City, old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC.[3]

President Obama's "Real HU" RemarksEdit

The rivalry is well-known and has been referenced by President Barack Obama. During his commencement address at Hampton in 2010, President Obama quipped, "Now, before we get started, I just want to say, I’m excited the Battle of the Real H.U. will be taking place in Washington this year. (Laughter.) You know I am not going to pick sides. (Laughter.) But my understanding is it’s been 13 years since the Pirates lost. (Applause.) As one Hampton alum on my staff put it, the last time Howard beat Hampton, The Fugees were still together." [4] At the time, Hampton was in the midst of a series long 14 game win streak.

Current NFL Players who have participated in the "Real HU" RivalryEdit

Many NFL football players who have attended the two schools have participated in the rivalry. As of 2017, Antoine Bethea is the lone Howard Bison still playing in the NFL, while Hampton has several NFL players at present, including Kendall Langford, Justin Durant and Chris Baker.

Series ResultsEdit

Hampton victoriesHoward victoriesTie gamesVacated wins
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 1908 Hampton 6–0
2 November 13, 1909 Hampton, VA Howard 5–0
3 November 19, 1910 Washington, D.C. Howard 32–0
4 October 19, 1911 Howard 11–0
5 November 9, 1912 Washington, D.C. Howard 13–7
6 1913 Hampton 8–6
7 November 26, 1914 Washington, D.C. Howard 6–0
8 1915 Hampton 18–0
9 November 30, 1916 Washington, D.C. Hampton 12–3
10 November 29, 1917 Hampton, VA Hampton 37–0
11 1918 Hampton 6–2
12 1919 Howard 12–7
13 November 13, 1920 Washington, D.C. Howard 18–0
14 November 5, 1921 Hampton, VA Howard 34–0
15 November 18, 1922 Washington, D.C. Hampton 13–0
16 November 17, 1923 Hampton, VA Howard 19–6
17 November 15, 1924 Washington, D.C. Hampton 13–0
18 October 5, 1929 Hampton, VA Hampton 6–0
19 November 15, 1930 Hampton, VA Hampton 13–6
20 November 14, 1931 Washington, D.C. Hampton 25–0
21 November 12, 1932 New York City, NY Hampton 19–6
22 November 11, 1933 Washington, D.C. Hampton 28–0
23 November 11, 1934 Hampton, VA Howard 7–0
24 November 9, 1935 Washington, D.C. Hampton 26–0
25 November 7, 1936 Hampton, VA Hampton 35–0
26 November 6, 1937 Washington, D.C. Howard 13–6
27 November 5, 1938 Hampton, VA Hampton 13–12
28 November 11, 1939 Washington, D.C. Hampton 25–6
29 November 9, 1940 Hampton, VA Hampton 25–0
30 November 8, 1941 Washington, D.C. Hampton 19–6
31 November 7, 1942 Hampton, VA Hampton 12–0
32 November 11, 1944 Hampton, VA Hampton 7–0
33 November 10, 1945 Washington, D.C. Howard 19–6
34 November 9, 1946 Hampton, VA Howard 9–6
35 November 8, 1947 Washington, D.C. Hampton 19–13
36 November 6, 1948 Hampton, VA Howard 6–0
37 November 5, 1949 Washington, D.C. Howard 7–0
38 November 4, 1950 Hampton, VA Howard 12–7
39 November 3, 1951 Washington, D.C. Howard 7–0
40 November 8, 1952 Hampton, VA Hampton 34–7
41 November 7, 1953 Washington, D.C. Howard 11–7
42 November 6, 1954 Hampton, VA Tie13–13
43 November 5, 1955 Washington, D.C. Hampton 14–0
44 November 3, 1956 Hampton, VA Hampton 20–0
45 November 9, 1957 Washington, D.C. Hampton 19–6
46 November 8, 1958 Hampton, VA Howard 18–12
47 November 7, 1959 Washington, D.C. Howard 14–7
48 November 5, 1960 Hampton, VA Hampton 24–20
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
49 October 28, 1961 Washington, D.C. Hampton 37–0
50 October 27, 1962 Hampton, VA Hampton 33–14
51 November 2, 1963 Washington, D.C. Howard 32–14
52 October 31, 1964 Hampton, VA Howard 14–6
53 October 30, 1965 Washington, D.C. Howard 26–8
54 October 29, 1966 Hampton, VA Hampton 32–19
55 October 28, 1967 Washington, D.C. Hampton 14–8
56 November 2, 1968 Hampton, VA Hampton 37–6
57 November 1, 1969 Washington, D.C. Howard 16–0
58 October 31, 1970 Hampton, VA Howard 41–14
59 October 30, 1971 Washington, D.C. Howard 35–0
60 October 28, 1972 Hampton, VA Howard 21–3
61 October 27, 1973 Washington, D.C. Howard 51–0
62 November 2, 1974 Hampton, VA Howard 27–12
63 November 1, 1975 Washington, D.C. Howard 19–15
64 October 30, 1976 Hampton, VA Howard 28–7
65 October 29, 1977 Washington, D.C. Howard 20–14
66 October 28, 1978 Hampton, VA Howard 17–6
67 October 27, 1979 Washington, D.C. Howard 28–12
68 November 1, 1980 Hampton, VA Howard 38–21
69 September 8, 1984 Washington, D.C. Hampton 13–7
70 September 13, 1986 Hampton, VA Howard 21–7
71 September 10, 1994 Washington, D.C. Hampton 21–20
72 September 8, 1995 Washington, D.C. Howard 34–22
73 September 13, 1996 Washington, D.C. Howard 26–7
74 September 13, 1997 East Rutherford, NJ Hampton 49–21
75 September 12, 1998 Washington, D.C. Hampton 38–31
76 September 11, 1999 Washington, D.C. Hampton 28–27
77 September 9, 2000 East Rutherford, NJ Hampton 28–24
78 September 8, 2001 Washington, D.C. Hampton 27–20
79 September 14, 2002 Hampton, VA Hampton 51–2
80 September 13, 2003 Washington, D.C. Hampton 17–14
81 September 11, 2004 Hampton, VA Hampton 47–14
82 September 10, 2005 Washington, D.C. Hampton 22–12
83 September 9, 2006 Hampton, VA Hampton 46–7
84 September 8, 2007 Washington, D.C. Hampton 31–24
85 September 13, 2008 Hampton, VA Hampton 38–27
86 October 13, 2009 Hampton, VA Hampton 37–0
87 September 11, 2010 Washington, D.C. Hampton 31–21
88 November 5, 2011 Hampton, VA Howard 10–7
89 November 3, 2012 Washington, D.C. Howard 20–10
90 November 23, 2013 Hampton, VA Howard 42–39
91 November 22, 2014 Washington, D.C. Howard 30–29
92 September 18, 2015 Washington, D.C. Hampton 37–19
93 September 17, 2016 Washington, D.C. Hampton 34–7
94 November 18, 2017 Hampton, VA Hampton 20–17
Series: Hampton leads 52–41–1

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