BASN Black College Focus Football Roundup

By Tony McClean
Updated: October 11, 2004
SBN Top 10 Schedule for Saturday, October 9th
(Rank, Team, Opponent)
1. Albany State (5-0, 4-0 SIAC) vs. Savannah State (1-2)
(Music City Classic at Macon Georgia)
— Uyl Joyner’s 52-yard “Hail Mary” to Michael Pleas not only kept the Golden Rams undefeated, but it also catapulted ASU atop this week’s rankings. Joyner was also named the SIAC’s Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season following the 33-29 win over Tuskegee.
2. Bethune Cookman (3-1, 2-0 MEAC) at Delaware State (1-4, 1-1)
— BCC put up over over 600 yards of offense (including 450 on the ground) in their 51-31 win over Morgan State. But they’ll be facing a Hornet squad that pulled off one of the MEAC’s biggest upsets of the season. DSU shocked previous unbeaten Hampton 28-23. Can the Hornets knock the Wildcats from the unbeaten ranks as well??
3. South Carolina State (3-1, 0-0 MEAC) at Norfolk State (1-3, 1-0)
— The Bulldogs held Tennessee State’s All-America running back Charles Anthony to 51 yards on 18 carries in their 30-13 Circle City Classic win last week. Like Bethune-Cookman, SCSU will be facing a team fresh off a big upset win at home. The Spartans thrashed defending champs North Carolina A&T 27-14, but will be facing the league’s top-rated defense.
4. Hampton (4-1, 2-1 MEAC) vs. Gardner Webb (2-3)
— Both teams are coming off surprise losses. Hampton, which was last week’s No. 1 in the SBN poll, fell to Delaware State, while Gardner-Webb was upset by Liberty. The Bulldogs won the only other meeting between the schools, a 28-13 victory in November of 1978.
5. Alabama State (3-1, 2-1 SWAC) vs. Jackson State (1-3, 1-0)
(Gulf Coast Classic at Mobile, Alabama)
— The Hornets are sure to be angry after their 1-point loss (42-41 against Southern) last week, but will face a rested Tiger team that has played a rigorous early schedule. ASU leads the conference in total offense (446 ypg) and scoring offense (41 ppg). JSU ranks third in total defense (315 ypg) and second in pass defense (138.8 ypg).
6. Southern (3-2, 2-0 SWAC) at Alabama A&M (3-2, 3-0)
— This battle between co-leaders in the East and West divisions will be crucial to determining the champion of each division. Southern, fresh off an emotional “come-from-behind” win at Alabama State, ranks #2 in total offense (425 ypg) while AAMU is #1 in total defense (272.8 ypg). The Jaguars are led by the league’s top total offense leader, quarterback Thomas Ricks (277.8 ypg) and the #2 rusher Gerald Holmes (101 ypg).
7. Fort Valley State (5-1, 4-1 SIAC) vs. Kentucky State (5-1, 3-1)
— Both schools are trying to keep pace with Albany State in the SIAC race. FVSU was a woeful 2 of 11 on third-down conversions in last week’s 21-3 loss at Miles College. The Thoroughbreds extended their winning streak to three straight in beating Lance College 39-16. Down 16-14, KSU scored 25 unanswered points to put the game away.
8. Tennessee State (3-2) is idle
9. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-1, 2-0 SWAC) vs. Texas Southern (0-5, 0-3)
(Chicago Classic at Soldier Field)
— APBU needed to rally from a 19-point deficit (26-7) to fashion a 48-34 win over Paul Quinn. Texas Southern broke out to an early 3-0 over Alabama A&M before falling 22-3, but the Tigers have been closing the gap in their opponents winning margins as the season has progressed.
10. Tuskegee (3-1, 1-1 SIAC) vs. Morehouse (2-3, 1-2)
(Morehouse-‘Skegee Classic at Columbus, Ga.)
— The Golden Tigers are still trying to recover from last week’s last-second loss to Albany State. Morehouse got another great effort from John David Washington (119 rushing yards and a touchdown), but they still fell 21-19 to Kentucky State in the Lexington Heritage Classic. In last year’s meeting, the Maroon Tigers outlasted TU 16-13 in triple overtime.