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27th annual Fountain City Classic returns to Columbus this weekend

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Albany State Golden Rams and the Fort Valley State Wildcats are gearing up to clash in the 27th Annual Fountain City Classic.

The FCC is a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) game where the winner will advance to the SIAC Championship Game as Eastern Division Champs. 

The game will be played in Columbus, GA at the A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.  EST.

Bragging rights and pride are at stake as well.

The game is expected to attract a sellout crowd of 15,000 fans to witness what is considered one of the biggest, bitterest and oldest football rivalries in black college football. 

Another 30,000 fans will be gathering for the FCC tailgating activities, one of the largest events held at South Commons during the year.

The game will be broadcast live via radio.  Columbus-based radio station WOKS 1340-AM is providing live radio broadcast as well as radio station WJIZ 98.1 FM in Albany. 

This year's contest is the 27th of what has become an annual major sporting and entertainment event for the City of Columbus with well over 40,000 fans gathered at South Commons. 

While the fierce rivalry between the two team’s spans more than half a century, beginning in 1945; coordinators moved the game to Columbus in 1990, a regional center, to attract more corporate support, provide more university exposure, recruit more students and make it a week full of classic activities.

"It makes great business sense to bring this gathering and game to Columbus; there are a lot of alumni located in and around Columbus and they are loyal football fans,” said State Representative Calvin Smyre, who also serves as Chairman of the Fountain City Classic. “With the proceeds going to the schools and Project H.E.L.P. (Help Eliminate Lower Poverty) thru Education, more funds can be generated from corporate sponsors and a larger crowd in attendance at a larger facility.  It's a win-win situation for the city of Columbus and both Universities.  Hotels and restaurants are full and people are having a great weekend."

The overall series is 33-32-3 favoring FVSU and the FCC overall series is 20-6-0 favoring ASU.  ASU has won 13 of the last 16 outings between the two rivalries.  ASU won last year’s 2015 game by a score of 21-17. 

For the 2016 season, ASU record is at 5-3 overall & 3-0 SIAC East Division & FVSU is 3-6 overall & 2-1 in SIAC East Division play.  ASU and FVSU are members of the East Division of the SIAC.

The winner will claim the East Division Championship and a trip to Montgomery, AL for the SIAC Championship Game on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Cramton Bowl.

Below is a complete schedule of events: 

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