HBCU Weekend Roundup: Week Seven

By Tony McClean
Updated: October 3, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Ct.— This Saturday in Indianapolis and Dallas, two Black College Football classics pitting three teams in the BoxToRow.com/BASN Top 10 poll could have a big bearing on several conference races and a Black College National Championship.

In the Circle City Classic, No. 1 Tuskegee (4-0) will face a major test when they meet Alabama A&M (2-3) at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Golden Tigers got a scare last week but they were able to hold off Fort Valley State for their 20th straight win, the longest current winning streak in all of college football.

The Bulldogs have rebounded from an 0-3 start and have won two straight. A&M, who leads the all-time series 22-19-3, have won six of their last eight meetings against TU including a 54-0 win in 1999.

The game, which begins at 4 p.m. ET, will be broadcast on the NFL Network.

Meanwhile in the Cotton Bowl at 6 p.m. ET, No. 2 Prairie View A&M (4-0, 1-0) will meet Western Division foe Grambling State (3-2) in the State Fair Classic. During the Panthers’ turnaround under Henry Frazier, the one team that they haven’t beaten is the Tigers.

Playing in their SWAC opener, No. 8 Grambling State hasn’t lost to the Panthers since 1986. However, Prairie View comes into the game as the SWAC’s top rated offense and defense. The Panthers have also won six straight games dating back from last season.


No. 3 Hampton at No. 9 Delaware State

The Pirates (3-1, 2-0 MEAC) come into the game after having last week off to prepare for Delaware State (1-2, 1-0). In Hampton’s last contest, they defeated North Carolina A&T by a score of 44-7. DSUwill come into the game on a two-game losing streak after losing on the road at Kent State and then this past weekend to Central Connecticut State by a score of 28-10.

No. 4. Tennessee State at Tennessee-Martin

The Tigers (4-1, 1-0 OVC) step back into conference play after last week’s loss to Florida A&M. The game is also a continuation of the Sgt. Alvin York Trophy, played between the Tennessee teams in the Ohio Valley Conference. TSU won last year’s inaugural trophy, and UT Martin (4-1, 2-0) has already defeated Austin Peay (31-17) to take the lead in this year’s competition.

No. 5 South Carolina State at No. 6 Florida A&M

The MEAC battle will feature two of Black College football’s best signal callers. For FAMU (3-1, 1-1), transfer Curtis Pulley looks to improve on his performance (12-of-14, 110 yards, TD, and 98 rushing yards) in last week’s upset of TSU. The Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0) will counter with Malcolm Long, who’s completed just over 60 percent of his passes this season.

Concord at No. 7 West Virginia State

The Jackets (4-0, 2-0 WVC) look to maintain a share of first place in the conference as they host a win less (0-5, 0-3) Concord squad at Lakin Field. WVS has moved into the Division II national rankings for the first time since becoming a D-2 member in 1995, earning the No. 24 spot in the D2Football.com poll and the No. 25 position in the American Football Coaches Association poll.

Stillman College at No. 10 Albany State

The Golden Rams (3-1, 2-1 SIAC) suffered their conference loss, other than to Tuskegee, for the first time in five seasons last week. They’ll face a SC squad (1-4, 1-3) that saw another lead evaporate last week against Kentucky State.