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BASN’S HBCU DESK, VOL VIII
BASN ‘S HBCU DESK, VOL.VIII
By Anthony McClean, Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus
NEW HAVEN, CT (BASN) -- Way back in July when the MEAC released their football preseason poll, it was no surprise that the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman and the Bulldogs of South Carolina State were listed 1-2 respectively in the predicted order of finish. As they’re set to meet Saturday (1:30 pm ET) at O.C. Dawson Stadium in Orangeburg, it’s needless to say that the game will have postseason implications.
The Wildcats (6-1, 3-0 MEAC) sit atop the conference and are in the driver’s seat for another MEAC crown. Last week’s 48-20 win against Savannah State stretched BCC’s winning streak to four straight and improved their record in the month October to 41-13 since 2000.
As for the Bulldogs (4-3, 2-1), they’re looking to bounce back from a surprising home loss to N.C. Central (48-35) two weeks ago. The Eagles rallied from a 21-17 deficit by scoring 24 unanswered points en route to the win. It was S.C. State’s worst home loss to NCCU since 1972. A loss would drop the Bulldogs two games behind the Wildcats and out of the running for the MEAC title and a postseason berth.
Since Brian Jenkins took over at BCC, the Wildcats have won three of the last four meetings with the Bulldogs. In that same period, Jenkins has gone 31-4 overall in MEAC play. Bethune-Cookman still trails the all-time series by a count of 30-21-1. In fact, the Bulldogs own a 14-8-1 advantage in the series for games played in Orangeburg.
Coach Buddy Pough is 6-6 all-time against Bethune-Cookman. The Bulldogs’ last victory in the series was a 26-18 win at Daytona Beach in 2011. The game can be heard nationally on the HSRN Radio Network.
OTHER KEY GAMES
BOWIE STATE at VIRGINIA UNION
The Panthers (6-1, 4-0 CIAA) look to remain atop the Northern Division (along with crosstown rival Virginia State) when they host the Bulldogs (2-5, 2-2) at Hovey Field in Richmond. Head coach Mark James will be attempting to become the first rookie coach in VUU history win seven games in his initial season. BSU won last year’s meeting 34-7.
SOUTHERN at JACKSON STATE
A lot has happened — good and bad — since the Jags outlasted the Tigers (34-27 in overtime) last November in the SWAC Championship Game. Both teams are returning to action after a bye week. After a 2-0 start, JSU (3-4, 1-3 SWAC) has lost four of their last five games including home games to Grambling State, Prairie View A&M, and Mississippi Valley State. Southern (4-3, 3-1) will be looking to keep pace in the Western Division as the front running Tigers of GSU have a bye week. Last season, the teams split the two meetings, with JSU winning the regular season matchup 19-14 in Baton Rouge.
CLARK ATLANTA at ALBANY STATE
The Golden Rams (4-2, 4-0 SIAC) will look to extend their season-long winning streak to five straight when they host the Panthers (2-5, 0-4). ASU has been led by junior tailback Jarvis Small, who has run for over 100 yards during the Rams’ win streak. All of this coming after running for just three yards in the season-opener against Valdosta State.