Game of The Week: State Fair Classic

By Tony McClean, BASN Editor In Chief
Updated: October 2, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Ct. (BASN) — The overall culture for Prairie View A&M football has been completed transformed since Henry Frazier took over the Panthers’ program in 2004. Just how so you may ask? Prior to Frazier’s arrival, Prairie View had posted two consecutive one-win seasons in 2002 and 2003. In fact, Frazier’s current win total (28 entering this weekend), the former Bowie State coach has already equaled the total victory mark of the previous 10 head coaches at PVAMU. The Panthers have posted back‐to‐back winning seasons for the first time since 1963‐64 and its 17‐5 record since 2007 is the best in the SWAC during that time. Since opening with a 3-8 mark through last year’s 9-1 finish, Frazier has raised the bar for PVAMU by defeating nearly every school in the conference at least once. The lone exception — Grambling State University. For loyal Prairie View fans, the Tigers are the proverbial “800-pound gorilla in the room”. The defending SWAC champs have won 21 straight against the Panthers since 1986. Saturday night at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, the Panthers, ranked fifth in the latest BTRC/BASN FCS Coaches HBCU Poll, will look to break the hex when the two teams meet again in the State Fair Classic. The last two losses by the Panthers have demonstrated the varying contrasts of the skid. In 2007, the Panthers lost 17‐14, the smallest margin of the defeat during the streak. Last season, Prairie View A&M led 9‐0 at the end of the first quarter before GSU scored 26 consecutive points in the second and third quarters en route to a 40‐16 win. The game can be heard on the Internet at OTHER KEY GAMES ALABAMA A&M vs. TUSKEGEE at INDIANAPOLIS The “Battle of Alabama” will take place in the 25th Annual Circle City Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Golden Tigers (4-1) have bounced back with three straight SIAC wins following their upset loss to Miles last month. The Bulldogs (3-1) are also coming off a conference win as well. The teams have split their last four meetings. The game can be heard on the Internet at SHAW at SAINT AUGUSTINE’S This crosstown rivalry has been unpredictable. Last year, St. Aug’s knocked off the two-time defending champs, 27-16. The Bears (4-1) enter the contest with its hopes of an undefeated season shattered by Bowie State. In spite of the Falcons’ 1-4 record, they’re still in contention in the CIAA West because at 1-1 in the conference, they are tied for first in the division. S.C. STATE at SOUTH CAROLINA The top-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) finish the non-conference portion of their schedule by traveling to Columbia to take on the 3-1 Gamecocks. This will be the second meeting in school history between the two intrastate rivals. Back in 2007, the Gamecocks prevailed 38-3 at Williams Brice Stadium. N.C. CENTRAL at N.C. A&T After an impressive 2-0 start, Alonzo Lee’s squad looks to snap a two-game skid in the Aggie-Eagle Classic. The Aggies (2-2) are looking to end a three-game losing streak to the winless Eagles (0-4). However, NCCU is 2-4-1 lifetime at Aggie Stadium.