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HBCU football in full swing

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

First, let’s get the TV schedules out of the way:

Jackson State at TCU, 7 p.m., FOX Sports

Sunday: S.C. State at Southern, 1:30 p.m., ESPN2. The MEAC holds a 9-2 record in the series.

Many HBCU games either will be streamed on ESPN3 or shown on the home team’s website. Every MEAC game can be seen one way or the other. Check out the conference's website.

Mississippi Valley State, at No. 3 North Dakota State, plays five of its first six games on the road. Grambling, at Tulane, is on an 11-game win streak. Both matchups on ESPN3. ESPN may be sliding down the food chain, but it has created a wonderful opportunity for HBCUs to showcase their talent.

Thursday night fights: HBCUs went 3-4 on Thursday night. Winners were Clark Atlanta over Mississippi College in overtime, Winston-Salem State defeated UNC Pembroke and Tennessee State knocked off Georgia State. The biggest win was TSU’s. The Tigers defeated their first FBS opponent in program history. And don’t let the 17-10 score fool you, TSU dominated. The only negative was the offensive coordinator had the offense throwing the ball with less than 4 minutes left in the game instead of running down the clock. Why that was allowed is just baffling. The Rams also looked good against the Indians. They led from start to finish, and every time Pembroke would make a run and get the crowd all excited, WSSU threw water in their faces. CIAA South is a done deal.

The losers Thursday were Florida A&M against Arkansas, Fort Valley State to West Georgia, Delaware State to Delaware and St. Augustine’s to Catawba. The Falcons had a 3-1 winning record against the Indians, and won the last meeting in 2011, but you’d never know it by Thursday’s 49-0 beatdown. Running back Josh Glisson was the lone bright spot with 110 yards on just 17 carries.

Playing with the big boys. Five MEAC teams are playing FBS opponents this week: FAMU; Bethune-Cookman at Miami; North Carolina Central at Duke; Hampton at Ohio; and Howard at UNLV, as the highly anticipated Michael London era begins. Will anyone come away with an upset?

 

 

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