By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN Black College Focus: Football Roundup
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — Here are the latest happenings in the black college football world as the races in the MEAC and SWAC begin to come to a close. Also the Division II Playoffs begin this Saturday as well.
SATURDAY’S SBN TOP 10 SCHEDULE (rankings in parentheses)
(2) Hampton (8-1, 5-1 MEAC) vs. N.C. A&T (3-6, 1-4)
A win over the Aggies will give HU its third MEAC crown and first Division I-AA playoff berth since 1998. The Pirates have gone 14-2 (.875) at Armstrong Stadium since the start of the 2002 season.
(3) Southern (7-2, 5-0 SWAC) vs. Texas Southern (0-9, 0-6)
The Jaguars must guard against a mental letdown against a winless Texas Southern squad this week. Southern ranks second in the conference in total offense (417 ypg) keyed by top ranked QB Thomas Ricks’ 279.9 ypg. WR James Vernon ranks second in reception yards at 85.2 ypg.
(4) Alabama State (7-1, 5-1 SWAC) vs. Mississippi Valley (3-7, 1-5)
The Delta Devils will look to end their season on a positive note against a versatile Hornet squad that has already sewn up a spot as the East division representative in the SWAC Championship game
(5) South Carolina State (7-2, 4-1 MEAC) vs. Morgan State (4-5, 3-3)
Look for a shootout between two of the league’s most explosive offenses. The Bulldogs will try to contain Morgan’s “BIg Show” QB Bradshaw Littlejohn, who accounted for six touchdowns in the Bears’ 58-28 win at Norfolk State last week.
(8) Bethune-Cookman (5-3, 4-2 MEAC) vs. Howard (4-4, 2-3)
After two straight road losses, the Wildcats look to get back to their winning ways against the Bison. The 27 passing yards last week vs Hampton were an all-time low for an Alvin Wyatt coached team.
Idle: (1) Albany State, (6) Tuskegee, (7) Arkansas-Pine Bluff, (9) Shaw, (10) North Carolina Central.