By Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil and Brandon Bolden
Inside the HBCU Huddle Columnists
College Sporting News
One of the featured matchups this week includes a battle between neighboring states with the Aggies traveling to the Bulldog country facing No. 7 in South Carolina State.
For the third consecutive week, we have new number one, as the No. 1 Alabama A & M Bulldogs host the No. 4 Jackson State Tigers.
The second top ten matchup of the week features No. 10 Morgan State Bears hosting the No. 3 Norfolk State as the Spartans look for a victory to earn a conference crown.
The last game presented this week consist of Texas Southern Tigers traveling to the No. 8 Grambling State Tigers entering into the to the top ten poll this week.
HBCU MAJOR DIVISION FOOTBALL TOP 10 POLL
Week 10 – Released 11/07/11
1. Alabama A & M--(7-2)
2. Alabama State--(7-2)
3. Norfolk State--(8-2)
4. Jackson State--(7-2)
5. Florida A & M--(6-3)
7. S. C. State--(5-4)
8. Grambling State--(5-4)
10. Morgan State--(5-4)
@-Texas Southern--(3-5) = N/R
@ = TSPN & 3C 2010 HBCU Football Major Division National Champion
MEAC GAME OF WEEK
#10 Morgan State (5-4, 4-2) at #3 Norfolk State (8-2, 6-1)
With one game left to go in the season, Norfolk State looks to defeat the Morgan State Bears to capture the 2011 MEAC Football Championship. The Spartans are coming off their second win in a row as they annihilated Savannah State 45-3 last Saturday. Norfolk State’s offense recorded 559 yards of total offense and held Savannah State to just a measly 45. Quarterback, Chris Walley threw for three touchdowns and 271 yards on 20 of 25 passing. Walley also rushed for 72 yards on four carries and two scores on the ground in the 42-point rout. Spartan WR, Derrick Demps hauled in five catches for 106 yards and two scores on the day. The Spartan defense made their presence known as well as they completely stifled the Tigers offense preventing Savannah State from making a red-zone appearance and only picking up six first-downs throughout the entire game. There was not one thing impressive about Morgan State’s last outing as the Bears were dismantled by Bethune-Cookman last Saturday 49-23. Morgan State defense was trampled by the Wildcats running game allowing almost 300 rushing yards and all seven of Bethune-Cookman’s touchdowns on the ground. Bears RB, Travis Davidson was the lone bright-spot of Morgan States’ squad carrying the rock 17 times for 138 yards. The Bears defense will be in for another tough ride this week as they take on the first ranked passing offense in the MEAC in Norfolk State. In their last match-up, Norfolk State defeated Morgan State 37-25.
Game Outcome: Norfolk State (Score 42-10)
SWAC GAME OF WEEK
Texas Southern (4-5, 2-4) at #8 Grambling State (5-4, 4-3)
Grambling State looks to continue their winning ways as they play host to the underrated Texas Southern University in the clash of the Tigers. Grambling State is currently on a four-game winning streak after dousing out Jackson State and their high octane “Air Raid” offense, edging the Blue Bengals 26-23. Grambling RB, Dawrence Roberts scored the winning touchdown on a 10-yard run late in the 4th quarter to give the Tigers the win. Roberts finished the game with 23 carries for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Texas Southern University collected their third conference win of the season as they beat Southern University, 29-15. Texas Southern QB, Riko Smalls threw for two touchdowns completing 26 of 39 passes for 365 yards and rushing for a score as well, while gathering 71 yards on the ground. The Tigers 212 degrees defense held the Jaguars to just 12 yards rushing on the day. Although placed in the cellar of the SWAC West division, Texas Southern University still has the number one ranked defense and rushing offense in the conference. This game may prove to be Grambling’s toughest test yet this season as their offense goes head to head against one of the fiercest defenses in the SWAC in Texas Southern. With a win Grambling keeps their SWAC Title game hopes alive but with a loss their postseason dreams are pretty much shattered dreams. In their last season meeting, Texas Southern dodged past Grambling, 41-34.
Game Outcome: Texas Southern (Score 35-10)
HBCU MAJOR DIVISION GAME OF WEEK
#4 Jackson State (7-2, 5-2) at #1 Alabama A & M (7-2, 6-1)
It is a showdown to break the three-way tie for first place in the SWAC East division as the Alabama A&M Bulldogs set to do battle with Jackson State. The Blue Bengals are coming off a disappointing loss that ended their current four-game winning streak to Grambling State at home, 26-23. Grambling State RB, Dawrence Roberts punched home the winning touchdown for the Tigers on a 10-yard run with under 1:30 left in regulation. Blue Bengals QB, Casey Therriault and the “Air Raid” offense had a chance to actually tie the game and send it to OT with kicking a field goal on their final drive, but instead chose to go for the win and failed on a Therriault pass that fell incomplete. Therriault finished the game completing 34 of 55 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulldogs are striving to keep their seven-game winning streak going after defeating Alcorn State 28-14. Bulldogs RB, Kaderius Lacey led the charge rushing the ball 26 times for 143yards and a touchdown. This game has all-out defensive battle written over it as this game features two of the top three defenses in the conference with Jackson State ranked number two and Alabama A&M ranked number three. In their last season matchup, Jackson State downed Alabama State, 30-14.
Game Outcome: Alabama A&M (Score 33-31)
HBCU MAJOR DIVISION GAME OF WEEK (Bonus)
North Carolina A&T State (4-5, 3-3) at #7 South Carolina State (5-4, 4-2)
South Carolina State looks to keep their slim chance of winning a share of the MEAC title alive with a win as they defend their home against North Carolina A&T State. The Aggies of North Carolina A&T State are coming off a tough defeat as they allowed the Florida A&M Rattlers to slip past them 26-20, extending their current winning streak to three games. North Carolina State QB, Lewis Kindle pass was picked off as time expired sealing the victory for the Rattlers. The Aggies outgained FAMU’s offense 428 to 406 and picked up more first downs as well (25-20). After being knotted up 20 all at the half, the Rattler K, Trevor Scott kicked two 2nd half field goals which proved to be the difference in the Aggies’ loss. South Carolina State should be well rested and energized for this weeks’ contest as they resume play coming off their bye-week. In their last action before their bye-week, the Bulldogs destroyed the Howard Bison 31-0. But their matchup against North Carolina A&T proves to be a tougher fight as both teams are neck and neck in multiple offensive and defensive categories in MEAC Rankings. The inside matchup that stands out is the second ranked rushing offense in the MEAC in South Carolina State going up against the North Carolina A&T’s rushing defense which is ranked second in the conference as well. South Carolina State tore through North Carolina A&T State 48-3 the last time these two teams met.
Game Outcome: South Carolina State (Score 33-26)