The MEAC game of the week features two HBCU ranked up and coming programs off to (2-0) starts in their conference races, with the No. 7 North Carolina Central Eagles traveling to the No. 8 Morgan State Bears.
The head coach of the Eagles, Henry Frazier III is heading home to Maryland for the first time since leaving his undergraduate alma mater the Bowie State Bulldogs and relishes the opportunity to crash the homecoming party as he did many times over during his coaching tenure with the Prairie View A&M Panthers.
By Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil and Brandon Bolden
Inside the HBCU Huddle Columnists
College Sporting News
The Norfolk State Spartans and the Hampton Pirates are two HBCU unranked programs that face-off, in the Battle of the Bay Classic for the HBCU Major Division Classic Game of the Week.
For the fourth consecutive week, the Tennessee State Tigers hold down the HBCU No. 1 ranking and head on the road against SE Missouri State RedHawks in Ohio Valley Conference competition.
The SWAC match-up features an inter-divisional battle with the Alcorn State Braves visiting the undefeated and No. 2 ranked Alabama A&M Bulldogs for the homecoming.
HBCU FOOTBALL MAJOR DIVISION POLL
Week 6 – Released 10/07/12
1. Tennessee State--(6-0)
2. Alabama A & M--(6-0)
5. Arkansas Pine Bluff--(4-2)
6. @ Alabama State--(4-2)
7. North Carolina Central--(3-2)
8. Morgan State--(3-2)
9. Delaware State--(2-3)
@ = TSPN & 3C 2011 HBCU Football Major Division National Champion
HBCU MAJOR DIVISION CLASSIC GAME OF WEEK
Norfolk State (2-4, 0-3) at Hampton (0-4, 0-2)
Hampton, VA, Armstrong Stadium
MEAC– Battle of the Bay Classic, 12:00pmCT
Hampton University looks to turn their fortune around and earn their first win of the season as they host the Spartans of Norfolk State University this Saturday in the Battle of the Bay Classic. Neither of these teams can buy a win right now as they both are winless in conference play. Norfolk State let another one slip through their fingers giving up a fourth quarter touchdown to Delaware Sate as they suffered their fourth consecutive loss falling to the Hornets, 20-17. The Spartans have had a tough time trying to manufacture points in their last three games as they have been outscored 88-27 by their opponents. Hampton University hopes to experience what a win feels like for the first time this season with a victory against the Spartans. Honestly there is nothing about this matchup that favors the Pirates. Hampton ranks second in the MEAC in pass offense but faces a tall order in the Spartans as they meet the top passing defense in the conference. Hampton has lost all of their games this season by double-digits. In their last head-to-head meeting, Norfolk State rose as the victor, defeating Hampton, 34-24.
*** Game Outcome: Norfolk State (24-10)
HBCU MAJOR DIVISION GAME OF WEEK
#1 Tennessee State (6-0, 2-0) at SE Missouri State (2-3, 1-1)
Cape Girardeau, MO
The RedHawks of SE Missouri State step up to the plate to take their best shot at blemishing No. 1 Tennessee State’s perfect record as they play host to the Tigers this Saturday. The No. 1 ranked team in Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Major Poll, Tennessee State, has come to expect their opponents best effort every week as they remain the only unbeaten in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Tigers won a close one at home on a 1-yard TD run by QB, Michael German with just eight seconds left in regulation to remain undefeated on their 2012 campaign as they squeaked past Eastern Kentucky, 23-20. Tigers QB, Michael German threw for 228 yards and a touchdown completing 17 of 28 passes. Southeast Missouri State does not possess any major advantages in this matchup other than their deadly running game, which will have to be effective against a stymie Tennessee State defense for the RedHawks to have any chance of winning. Passing is not a trusted option for SE Missouri State as they are almost dead last in the passing offense category and face the second best pass defense the OVC has to offer in Tennessee State. Although they have a slight upside with their rushing attack it will definitely be a long day for the RedHawks as they take on a Tennessee State squad who ranks second in the conference at stopping the run.
*** Game Outcome: Tennessee State (31-27)
MEAC GAME OF WEEK
#7 N. C. Central (3-2, 2-0) at #8 Morgan State (3-2, 2-0)
Baltimore, MD, Hughes Stadium
–MEAC– Homecoming 12:00pmCT
Two squads with identical records clash as No. 7 in Dr. Cavils’ HBCU Major Division poll, North Carolina Central University, travels to Maryland to take on No. 8 Morgan State University in a game where the winner stays unbeaten in MEAC action. The Bears look to continue to roll over conference foes the same way they dismantled Savannah State University, 45-6, on last Saturday. Morgan State RB, Travis Davidson transformed into beast mode rushing for 125 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries, averaging an unreal 9.6 yards per carry on the night. North Carolina Central won big in their last game as they dominated South Carolina State by 30 in Indianapolis last week, 40-10. Eagles QB, Jordan Reid ran for one touchdown and threw for another, to lead the offensive charge. This matchup favors North Carolina Central in a major way as the Eagles bring into this game the top ranked scoring offense in the MEAC and face the worst passing defense in the conference in Morgan State. In their last matchup Morgan State laid the smack-down on the Eagles, 52-3.
*** Game Outcome: North Carolina Central (37-34)
MEAC GAMES TO WATCH
#3 Howard (4-1, 3-0) at North Carolina A&T State (2-4, 0-2)
*** Game Outcome: Howard (Score 24-14)
South Carolina State (2-4, 1-2) at #9 Delaware State (2-3, 1-1)
*** Game Outcome: South Carolina State (Score 17-14)
Savannah State (0-5, 0-3) at Florida A&M (2-4, 2-1)
*** Game Outcome: Florida A&M (Score 38-14)
#4 Bethune-Cookman (3-2, 2-0) – Open
SWAC GAME OF WEEK
Alcorn State (2-4, 2-2) at #2 Alabama A&M (6-0, 5-0)
Huntsville, AL, Lewis Crews Stadium
–SWAC– Homecoming 12:00pmCT
The Braves of Alcorn State prepare to face the SWAC’s only unbeaten as they travel to Alabama to do battle with No. 2 Alabama A&M University. The Bulldogs have completely dominated their opponents, winning their last 4 games by double digits. Their latest victim was the Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State who they shutout 35-0 last Saturday in Mississippi. It was the Deaunte Mason show as the Bulldogs’ quarterback threw for two touchdowns and ran for two, as well. Alcorn State rallied late as they slid past Southern University, 20-17. The Braves showed many different looks in their offensive scheme in their previous game as they played four different quarterbacks. The Braves better bring a lunch pail and a hardhat for this game as they will completely have their hands full on both sides of the ball. The Braves have struggled greatly this season with putting points on the board consistently as well as stifling the opposing offenses, defensively. The Braves rank in the bottom three of almost every defensive category in the conference while the Bulldogs rank in the top three of almost every offensive category. Alabama A&M’s defense has allowed the fewest points in the SWAC this season. In their last matchup, Alabama A&M defeated Alcorn State, 28-14.
*** Game Outcome: Alabama A&M (55-7)
SWAC GAMES TO WATCH
Jackson State (2-4, 2-2) at #6 Alabama State (4-2, 4-1)
*** Game Outcome: Alabama State (Score 31-21)
Texas Southern (1-5, 1-3) at #10 Southern (2-3, 1-2)
*** Game Outcome: Southern (Score 21-14)
Grambling State (0-5, 0-4) at Mississippi Valley State (1-4, 1-2)
*** Game Outcome: Grambling State (Score 14-13)
#5 Arkansas at Pine Bluff (4-2, 3-1) – Open
Prairie View A&M (1-5, 1-3) – Open