The 2021 Orange Blossom Classic will take place in Miami Gardens, Florida during Labor Day weekend. It will be the first edition of the game since 1978. A 2020 game was planned between Albany State and Florida A&M on Sunday, September 6 but the decision by the SIAC to suspend fall sports led that contest to be canceled.
The Orange Blossom Classic was held each year between 1933 and 1978 featuring Florida A&M against a fellow HBCU program. The Rattlers went 26-19-1 during that time.
Jackson State and Florida A&M have met 19 times with Jackson State clinging to a 10-7-2 lead in the series. The most recent game was in 2018 with the Tigers coming out on top 18-16.
The Tigers and Rattlers will also meet this season as each other’s opening game on Saturday, September 12 with Jackson State hosting the matchup.