BASN Black College Focus: Football Roundup

By Tony McClean
Updated: November 18, 2004

NEW HAVEN, Ct. — With barely two weeks left in the regular season, it’s still a bit uncertain as to who is black college football’s best team. The latest SBN Top 10 Poll has SIAC champ Albany State (10-0) and MEAC champ Hampton (9-1) tied for the No. 1 slot this week.

Both teams will have a opportunity to lay claim to the spot by themselves with games this weekend. The Golden Rams, who’ve won 18 straight dating back to last season, will host Arkansas Tech (10-1) in a Southeast Regional Second Round contest in the NCAA Division II Playoffs on Saturday.

ASU, who received a first-round bye virtue of their No.1 ranking in the region, are 1-5 all-time in playoff competition. But they’ve been unbeaten at their new facility, the Albany Municipal Coliseum this season.

A win by the Golden Rams could set up a rematch with in-state rival, Valdosta State, in the next round. Back in September, ASU defeated VSU 24-22 at the Coliseum. The Blazers will meet Carson Newman, who eliminated Fayetteville State last Saturday, in the other semifinal of the Southeast Region.

As for Hampton, the Pirates will end their regular season Saturday with a road contest at Savannah State. HU, one of eight teams that will receive automatic bids to the playoffs, will then wait for the announcement of the 16-team I-AA championship field on Sunday.

The Tigers (2-7) grabbed an early 13-0 lead at Grambling, but a 15-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Landers to Henry Tolbert with 29 seconds left handed SSU a tough 31-26 road loss.

OTHER GAMES THIS WEEK (SBN rankings in parentheses) (5) S.C. State (8-2, 5-1 MEAC) vs. N.C. A&T (3-7, 1-5) The Bulldogs are not only looking for a share of the MEAC crown in the Rivalry Classic at Charlotte, but a place in the Division I-AA playoffs as well. QB Brett Young, the MEAC’s Offensive Player of the Week, set a school record for passing yards (382) and completions (20) in the overtime win against Morgan State.

(10) Howard (6-4, 3-3) vs. Delaware State (3-7, 3-3) The Bison snapped a four-game losing streak to Bethune-Cookman with last week’s win at Daytona Beach. It was also HU’s first road win of the season. The Hornets are seeking their first .500 conference finish since going 5-3 in 2000.

IDLE THIS WEEK (3) Southern Next Game: Bayou Classic vs. Grambling, Nov. 27 (4) Alabama State Next Game: Turkey Day Classic vs. (6) Tuskegee, Nov. 25 (7) Arkansas-Pine Bluff Next Game: At Alabama State, Dec. 4 (8) Shaw Next Game: Pioneer Bowl vs. Tuskegee, Dec. 4 Note: (9) NC Central’s season is over at 8-2.