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The Lincoln football team announced the renewal of an old rivalry Wednesday.

The Blue Tigers will play Kentucky State in the inaugural Ol' Man River Classic at the Dome at America's Center in St. Louis on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The two HBCU programs played each other 48 times between 1932-1987.

"Even before the decision was made for us to return to the MIAA next season, we had been working to add a game against Kentucky State," Lincoln director of athletics John Moseley said in a statement by the University. "Lincoln is proud of its legacy as a historically black university, and we made it a priority before the 2019 schedule was set to honor that legacy for our alumni, fans and our department by playing Kentucky State at the end of the season.

"The Ol' Man River Classic is an opportunity to renew one of our oldest rivalries, and the Blue Tigers are thrilled to be playing this game right here in Missouri in November. I can't wait to see our fans take over St. Louis for what's sure to be a fantastic event."

Lincoln, which will play in the MIAA for the first time since 2013, opens the season Thursday, Sept. 5, at Washburn for the first of 11 conference games.

The home opener is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12 against Missouri Southern.

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