|Howard Bison football|
|Head coach||Larry Scott |
3rd season, 8–16 (.333)
|Stadium||William H. Greene Stadium|
|Field surface||Field Turf|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|All-time record||500–485–38 (.507)|
|Bowl record||1–2 (.333)|
|Claimed national titles||5 (Black College):1920, 1925, 1926, 1993, 1996|
|Unclaimed national titles||2 (Black College): 1923, 1987|
|Colors||Navy blue and white|
The Howard Bison football team represents Howard University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
Omitting the 1st Howard alumni Gregg Butler, football player, Pro Champion that was part of the 3 of the 5 straight CFL Grey Cup Championships teams that's in the Guinness Book of Records. Who was an unanimous All Star 3 years straight with the Edmonton Eskimos and member of the Alberta Canada Hall of Fame. Played 9 years WFL/Philadelphia Bell, practice square full contracted w/LA Rams, CFL/Edmonton Eks, Montreal Als, Winnipeg BlueBombers and USFL/ Washington Federals. Ron Mabra(72) also has been omitted, too.
See also: List of Howard Bison football seasons
On September 2, 2017, Howard football reached a milestone by defeating their first FBS opponent in program history. The Bison defeated the UNLV Rebels 43–40 in Sam Boyd Stadium. As of September 2017, Howard's victory against UNLV is the biggest point-spread upset in college football history, with UNLV being a 45.5 point favorite.
|1920||Edward Morrison||7–0||Black College National champions|
|1925||Louis L. Watson||6–0–1||Black College National Champions|
|1926||Louis L. Watson||7–0||Black College National Champions|
|1993||Steve Wilson||11–1||Black College National Champions|
|1996||Steve Wilson||10–2||Black College National Champions|
|Total national championships||5|
|1912||Ernest Marshall||Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association||2–0|
|1914||Ernest Marshall||Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association||1–0|
|1993||Steve Wilson||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||6–0|
|2022||Larry Scott||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||5-1|
|Total conference championships||4|
See Note A
The Bison have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs one time with an overall record of 0–1.
|1993||First Round||Marshall||L 14–28|
Over 20 Howard alumni have played in the NFL, including:
Howard's top rival is Hampton University. The two schools call their intense rivalry Battle of "The Real HU".
Howard also has a strong rivalry with Morgan State University in the Howard–Morgan State football rivalry.
Another of Howard's historic rivals is Morehouse College, more popularly known as the Howard/"Spel-House" rivalry due to Morehouse's close association with the all-women's HBCU Spelman College. This rivalry is not often played because Morehouse is a Division II athletic program, while Howard is Division I.
A new rivalry has developed between Howard and Georgetown University. The two schools compete in a contest called The DC Cup. Currently, Georgetown holds a 2–1 series lead in the contest.