By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
BASN Game Of The Week: No. 6 Albany State at Tuskegee
By Tony McClean
Updated: October 20, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — The month of October means different things to different sports fans around the country. For the cities of St. Louis and Detroit, it means a trip to baseball’s Fall Classic — The World Series.
For college basketball fans, it’s time for Midnight Madness. Time for several hoop dreams to begin in earnest whether you’re a perennial power like North Carolina or even a Cinderella hopeful like George Mason.
For black college football fans, especially those in the SIAC, October can only mean one thing: Albany State and Tuskegee battling it out for the conference crown. The sixth-ranked Golden Rams (5-2, 5-0 SIAC) will travel to Abbott Memorial Stadium to battle the Golden Tigers (4-2, 4-1 SIAC) Saturday at 1 p.m.
ASU has dominated the series, winning nine of their last 11 meetings (including four straight) against TU. However, Willie Slater’s Tigers enter the contest with the SIAC’s best defense. They’ll be looking to put the clamps on an ASU team that has outscored them 135-90 in their last four meetings.
Tuskegee’s big offensive weapon is BASN’s Preseason HBCU Player of The Year, quarterback Kevin Huff. In last week’s 55-29 victory against Morehouse, Huff was one of six Golden Tigers who rushed for a touchdown in the win.
In last year’s game, the two teams combined for over 700 yards of total offense. When you consider the fact that ASU leads the conference in scoring defense (allowed just 10.0) and is second in sacks (18), Saturday’s game has all the makings of a defensive struggle.
The game can be seen over the Internet at www.cstv.com.
In other games:
(1) Hampton at S.C. State, 1:30 p.m.
The Pirates (7-0, 5-0 MEAC) look for their 25th straight regular season win against a Bulldog squad (3-3, 2-1 MEAC) whose postseason is on the line Saturday. After a 1-3 start, SCSU has won two straight conference games to climb back into the MEAC race. A Hampton loss would put Joe Taylor’s bunch in a three-way tie with SCSU and either Delaware State or Morgan State. HU is 4-1 all-time at Dawson Stadium.
Langston at (2) N.C. Central, 1:30 p.m.
The Eagles (7-0, 5-0 CIAA) are one-game away from clinching the Western Division and the opportunity to defend their CIAA Title. However, NCCU goes outside of conference this week to meet a tough Langston (3-1) ball club. The Eagles are arguably the best team in black college football and have handled all opponents easily this season. They are moving closer and closer to a perfect regular season.
(3) Alabama A&M at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 2:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1 SWAC) had to stave off a late rally by Stillman College for its home win last week. Along the way, running back Nick Luke set a new school rushing record, and quarterback Kelcy Luke is now within 15 yards of A&M’s passing mark. They’ll now face an APBU squad (3-3, 2-2 SWAC) looking to remain atop the SWAC West. However, A&M has won five of their last six meetings against Pine Bluff. A&M also leads the league in scoring defense and sacks.
(4) Jackson State at Grambling State, 1 p.m.
After their thrilling double-overtime win against Southern, JSU (5-1, 4-0 SWAC) travels to Grambling in hopes of staying a game ahead of Alabama A&M in the SWAC East. GSU (2-4, 2-2 SWAC) will look to play the role of spoiler, however, Melvin Spears’ bunch are far from being a pushover. They’ve has lost three games by a total of seven points, two of them in overtime. Last week’s fourth quarter comeback by JSU has been emblematic of their season. They’ve outscored their opponents 64-10 in the final period.
Shaw at (5) Elizabeth City State, 1:30 pm
The Bears (2-5, 1-3 CIAA) were eliminated from the Eastern Division race last weekend with its loss to VUU. However, Shaw can play spoiler with an upset over ECSU (6-1, 4-0 CIAA). QB Jermonty Kimbrough begins to close a stellar career for Shaw. ECSU Junior QB Curtis Rich continues to be one of the top stories of the 2006 Season. Rich has passed for 15 touchdowns and only one interception. Marvin Jackson and Chris Carter lead an outstanding receiving corps. Defensively, ECSU is giving up only a measly 14 points per contest.
(8) Delaware State at Morgan State, 12 noon.
No one could have predicted that this game between the Hornets (4-2, 3-1 MEAC) and Bears would have as much meaning in the MEAC race this late in the season. Morgan (4-3, 3-1 MEAC) is on a roll right now riding a three-game winning streak. Neither school can afford a loss right now if they want to stay within striking distance of Hampton. With both defenses coming in at the top of their game, look for this to be a possible defensive struggle in Baltimore.
Virginia State at (9) Virginia Union, 1 pm
(The Gold Bowl in Richmond, Va.)
The Gold Bowl is one of college football’s most anticipated annual events. This season, host Virginia Union (5-2, 3-1 CIAA) will be highly favored against one-win Virginia State. QB Lamar Little has been spectacular this season, passing for a league best 17 touchdowns. He is also VUU’s leading rusher and the CIAA’s third leading rusher with 514 yards this season. Virginia State (1-6, 1-3 CIAA) avoided a winless season with its 24-5 win over St. Paul’s last weekend. Virginia Union must continue to win to keep pace with East leader Elizabeth City State.
Fayetteville State at (10) J.C. Smith, 6 pm
The Golden Bulls (5-2, 3-2 CIAA) stumbled last weekend against St. Aug. JCSU’s three-game winning streak came to an abrupt halt at home and the Golden Bulls dropped an all-important game further back of West leader N.C. Central. However, JCSU is still very much in the chase for the Pioneer Bowl. Defensively, the Golden Bulls have been stout, led by linebackers Fred Williams and Ed Wilson. De’Audra Dix has also been outstanding defensively and on special teams. FSU (2-5, 1-3 CIAA) has been eliminated from the Western race and will be playing for pride on Saturday.
NOTE: No. 7. Lane College is idle this week.