By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Prairie View Finds A Way To Win
TEXAS—Key divisional match-ups from Week Eleven have shaped the title race for the 2005 black college football season. North Carolina Central won the CIAA Championship. Albany State won the SIAC Championship and Hampton won the MEAC Championship. In the Southwestern Athletic Conference Alabama A&M has taken over the Eastern Division lead. Grambling has a hold on the Western Division.
Prairie View has found a way to win. Last week they defeated Jackson State for the first time since 1971. The Panthers have won four games (4-5) for the first time since 1988.
If the Panthers can win their next two games, they will post their first winning season (6-5) since 1976.
Alabama A&M Bulldogs (6-2, 8-2) vs. Prairie View Panthers (2-5, 4-5)
6 p.m. Blackshear Field-Prairie View
Series: 6-0, Alabama A&M
Last Meeting: 2004-Alabama A&M, 42-6
Alabama A&M-Anthony Jones (48-27, overall), at Alabama A&M (30-14, 4th year)
Prairie View- Henry Frazier (33-36, overall) at Prairie View (7-12, 2nd year)
RUNDOWN: The Bulldogs can continue their march to a conference title with a road victory over the Panthers. This game could decide which team wins the ground war. The Bulldogs and Panthers are ranked first and second in the conference in rushing defense. The Bulldogs allow 84.4 yards per game and the Panthers allow 116.8 per contest. Alabama A&M leads the conference in rushing offense (210.6 yds/game) while Prairie View is fourth in rushing offense averaging 168.0 yards per game.
The Bulldogs lead SWAC with 268.1 total yards allowed per game and the Panthers are seventh, allowing 379.6 yards a game.
The Panthers have won three of their last four games. The Bulldogs have won their last 5.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (2-6, 2-8) vs. Texas Southern Tigers (1-6, 1-8)
2 p.m. Alexander Durley Complex-Houston
Series: 20-10-1, Texas Southern
Last Meeting: 42-0, Arkansas, 2004
Arkansas-Pine Bluff- Maurice Forte (49-76-1, overall), at Arkansas (7-11, 2nd year)
Texas Southern- Steve Wilson (79-86, overall) at Texas Southern (1-18, 2nd year)
RUNDOWN: This game features two of the conference’s up-and coming running backs in Texas Southern’s Brent Wilson ( 93.0 rush yards/game-2nd in SWAC) and UAPB’s Mickey Dean ( 74.4 rush yards/game-4th in SWAC). Arkansas-PB is 8th in the conference in total defense (387.0 YPG) and Texas Southern is 10th, allowing 490 yards a game.
The two teams are fighting to stay out of the cellar. A loss for Texas Southern will give them their second straight last place finish in SWAC).
Texas Southern ends the season against rivalry Prairie View next Friday in Reliant Stadium at 1 p.m.
Other games of note
Southeastern Louisiana (2-4, 3-6).at Mississippi Valley (4-4, 5-4), 1 p.m.m.
Jackson State (2-6, 2-8) at Alcorn (4-3, 5-4), 1 p.m.
Florida A&M (4-2, 5-4) at Bethune Cookman (3-3, 6-3) Walt Disney World Classic XXVI, 4 p.m.