Game of the Week: Albany State vs. Tuskegee

By Tony McClean, BASN Editor In Chief
Updated: October 22, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Ct. (BASN) — In college football, there are games and there are rivalry games.

Grambling vs. Southern, Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman, and N.C. Central vs. North Carolina A&T are just a few that immediately come to mind.

For fans of the SIAC, one rivalry has defined the conference over the last decade. In fact, for 15 of the last 16 seasons either Albany State or Tuskegee has won the SIAC title.

The one difference — Fort Valley State University won the title in 1999.

Once again, when the Golden Rams (7-0, 6-0 SIAC) host the Golden Tigers (5-2, 5-1) Saturday at Albany Municipal Coliseum, the winner of the game will likely put themselves in the driver’s seat for another league crown.

Both teams are ranked in the latest BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Top 10 Media Poll. Albany State is number three (one spot up from last week) while Tuskegee re-entered this week’s poll at number nine.

The Golden Tigers have won the past two crowns, and in 2006, both schools were named co-champs. Ironically, the all-time series is even at 18-18-1.

Tuskegee has won the last three meetings including last year’s 33-20 victory in front 9,143 fans.

The game, scheduled for a 2 p.m. ET start, will be broadcasted live on ESPN360.com and will be televised on a tape-delay basis on ESPNU on Sunday at 12 noon. ET.

OTHER KEY GAMES BOWIE STATE at VIRGINIA UNION The Bulldogs (6-2) have laid waste to the rest of the conference by going undefeated (5-0) thus far. However, Bowie will have its toughest test on Saturday against the Panthers. Virginia Union (5-3, 4-1) will be playing its Homecoming game with a chance to take control of the East. A Bulldog win will give them the CIAA’s Eastern Division title. The game will be seen nationally on the CIAA TV Network.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE at HAMPTON The top-ranked Wildcats (5-1) will be looking to stay perfect (3-0) in the MEAC when they travel to Armstrong Stadium for the Pirates’ Homecoming contest. HU (3-3, 2-2) is trying to lick their wounds from last week’s 46-6 pounding at the hands of Norfolk State. Buddy Pough’s squad has won 14 straight conference games and the last three meetings against Hampton.

ALCORN STATE at ALABAMA STATE After an 0-3 start, the Braves (2-3, 2-1) find themselves atop the SWAC’s East Division with a chance to control their destiny. If Alcorn wins the rest of their contests, and they are in the SWAC Championship Game for the first time since its inception in 1999. They’ll be facing a Hornet squad (3-3, 0-3) that has been on a roller coaster themselves. Reggie Barlow’s team has lost three straight following a 3-0 start.