SWAC FOOTBALL: SU/JSU BOOM/BOX CLASSIC TOPS THIS WEEK SLATE…….

Good morning, Lets’ get at it. We are moving into the 3/4 portion of the SWAC portion of the schedule and the only thing we know is that the GMEN are back. GSU leads the SWAC at 5-0 are idle this week. All eyes are on Jackson, Mississippi and the 3-1 Southern Jaguars try to stay close to the GMEN invade Mississippi Veterans  Memorial Stadium to take on the fledgling 1-3 Jackson State Tigers. Both teams met in last year’s SWAC Championship game with SU winning 34-27 in 2 OT’S. This season , the Jags have started out slow but picked it up with nice wins over PV, UAPB and AAMU losing only to Alcorn State. Lead by QB Justin Howard , the Jags have been scoring points with the running game lead by 3 RB’S who are all capable of of having big games. The WR’s are lead by Willie Quinn, a small guy with a big game. The defense has been given a break as they have gotten several key guys back who started the season waiting on NCAA claerance and they have been cleared at the right time. The Jaguar Nation has awakened and I expect to see 60K for sure. The JSU Tigers made an unexpected coaching change and with change come growing pains. The Tigers have lost 2 straight games including a 27-23 stunner to the MVSU Delta Devils coached by former JSU COACH RICK COMENGY. JSU has suffered several turnovers in games that have cost them. The defense has blown several coverages as opposing WR have burned them. However, this is a rivalry for ages. With both band participating in a Friday night battle of the bands to raise money for their programs, this weekend could turn out to be something. The Jaguar Nation looks to take over Jackson and come out on top… Other key games include:

 

Alcorn State ( 5-2 , 4-1 ) AT PVAMU ( 2-5 , 2-3)

The Braves got back into the winning column with a win over Texas Southern for Homecoming to remain on top in the EAST. QB John Gibbs continue to shine as he continues to Pass and run into the record books. RB Ragsdale continues the ground game assualt. Coach Hopson’s defense is playing great ball as well limiting opponents in the red zone. PVAMU has been hot of late picking up 2 straight wins to climb back in the WEST race needing help though. QB Lovelace and RB Hebert have lead the Panthers in every category. The offense can give defenses fits. The Panther defense has stiffened limiting opponents in the red zone also. Iexpect this game to be high scoring with the winner being the team to score last.

AAMU( 2-5 , 1-3) VS. Alabama State ( 4-3 , 3-2)

This game is a classic itself as both team seek bragging rights in the State of Alabama. The Bulldogs have struggled of late losing close games at home to GSU and SU. The Pistol offense has it’s ups and downs. AAMU has given up big 3rd down plays which allowed opponents to score at needed times. ASU has struggled of late as well losing at Alcorn and at PV. The Hornets started out hot but has cooled thus far. Their defense has play great in spurts. However, this game could make or break one’ season. My take, the Hornets will come alive and stave off the Bulldogs for the win.

UAPB( 1-5 , 0-5) AT Texas Southern ( 5-2, 3-2)

The Lions have suffered enough as they have become Homeming bait for the last 3 opponents and they will be bait once more as they travel to Houston to take on the TSU Tigers. Coach Coleman’s team has had it’s growing pains but they have scored points as well but not enough to win. Their defense has given up too much in the end. TSU on the other hand is coming off a lose at Alcorn and seeks to climb back in it with a Homecoming win. However, thsi game could be a trap game as the Lions always plays TSU tough. With TSU’S weapons, I expect the Tigers to come out on top…….

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SWAC FOOTBALL: TSU looks to continue their rise as they visit the Reservation

Good morning..Okay….Let’s get to it……As we head into the home strentch of the 2014 season, many teams are still jockeying for position to Houston. Coach Daryl Asberry has turned things around in Houston as his Tiger are off to their best start in many years. Lead by QB Smalls and a defense that has been second to none, TSU looks to stay in the race for the West crown. Trailing Grambling by a half game and tied with Southern at 3-1, they know that this trip to Lorman can go along way. Alcorn State will be celebrating their homecoming but still have a sour taste in their mouth as the GMEN put a loss on them at Grambling to make the race in the East a little closer. QB John Gibbs has been lights out for the Braves. Can Alcorn continue their dominance over the Tigers.  Other games of note:

PVAMU ( 2-4 , 2-3) at MVSU ( 2-5, 1-3)

PVAMU is fresh off a whipping of Alabama State at home 34-28 and looks to conbtinue thier winning ways up in the Delta. QB Lovelace and RB Hebert has been two of a kind. The Panthers defense has been special in limiting opponents in the Red Zone. MVSU has coming off a special win as Coach Comengy got even with JSU. Ruiniing their Homecoming was great also in a 27-23 win over the Tigers. Lead by WR Joshua Rice , nephew of MVSU great Jerry Rice , the Devils look to air it out again for their Homecoming as well.

UAPB ( 1-5 , 0-4) at Grambling State ( 4-3 , 4-0)

The Lions were dealt a blow as assist. Coach and former AAMU Head Coach Anthony Jones lost his son in a tragic event in Alabama. The entire SWAC family has been nothing but a shower of support for Jones and his family. Coach Monte Coleman has struggled at times with the young Lions as they look to break in the win colunm. Grambling has been hot of late as the Tigers won at home over the previously red hot Braves of Alcorn State. QB Jonathan Williams has added a spark to the Tigers offense that has been missing for two years. The defense has stepped up also. With Homecoming being the theme for the Tigers, I look to see the GMEN continue their winning ways…………realsportsrealtalk.

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SWAC FOOTBALL : ” FROM WORST TO FIRST”…FOBBS HAS PUT THE “G” BACK INTO GRAMBLING…

Good morning, Let’s get right to it….The Grambling State Tigers have long had a history of dominance in the SWAC for over 50 PLUS years. With Eddie Robinson and Collie Nicholson leading the way, the Tigers went from a small rural community college for the Colored to a traveling show in the early 70’s. Robinson’s team always had size and talent to go along with a punishing brand of football. Add Nicholson, the Tigers hit the airwaves like a new pair of shoes. With nicknames that would catch an ordinary person’s eye, GSU would put on a show like no other. The Tigers dominanted Black College Football for many years. As it would have , intergration would eventually effect the Tigers as well as every HBCU school. As the 70’s approached, the Tigers still remained dominant as DOUG WILLIAMS , GARY BIG HAND JOHNSON, CHARLIE JOINER amaong others would take the last leg of greatness. However, as the 80’s moved in, the Tigers were eventually caught by schools like Jackson State, Alcorn State , and Southern. As Robinson had gotten up in age, the Tigers play had caught them as well. As the 90’s came upon, Doug Williams returned as coach to lead them to 3 straight titles . Rod Broadway followed with another one in the next century. Williams returned for his second stint , however, it wasn’t as great as his first. The Tigers dipped into a 2 YEAR LOSING STREAK which lead to his departure as well as others who followed. Until 2014, former Tiger who played under Eddie Robinson returned and now has returned the Tigers to glory. Brian Fobbs, a former All SWAC RB returned as head coach to take over a program that was smittened with negativity after the Tigers boycotted the JSU game for lack of facilites as well as poor travel habits just to name a few. The national media brought negative attention to the school as well as to the program. In comes a new president and new AD. The Fobbs hire was a great hire for both sides. Fobbs , a local from Monroe knows the territory well and can recruit like no other. Fobbs had a tough Spring trying to weed out dead heads as well as implement his style of play and philosohy towards the players. After a grinding summer, the 2014 Tigers reported to camp ready to break the mold. With three straight losses to Lamar , Houston and BCC, it looked like the Tigers would continue their losing ways. However, Fobbs instilled the same philosphy that Eddie Robinson instilled in him.  ” Beleiving in oneself would eventually lead to better results.”. As the Tigers prepped for thier much anciapated trip to JSU , the team rallied around Fobbs and took that Robinson philosophy and defeated JSU IN jACKSON TO BREAK INTO THE WIN COLUMN. GSU took that win into the Cotton Bowl and defeat PVAMU 26-20. The Tigers had finally arrived but a trip to Huntsville would validate their claim and with a 38-28 whipping of the AAMU Bulldogs, GSU was back. Heading home with a 3-0 SWAC record with league leading Alcorn State set to visit, it would put GSU on top with a victory. The Tigers raced to a 21-0 lead and they held on to defeat the Braves 28-21. Now Coach Fobbs have taken the GMEN from WORST TO FIRST. Fobbs has done something no other Tiger coach could do and that’s transform young guys minds from losing to winning. Fobbs also garnered much respect from GSU Administration as well as formewr Alumni who was sick of watching the Tigers suffered loss after loss. With a Homecoming date with UAPB looming, thet Tigers could be making history again heading into their Thanksgiving weekend matchup agains defending SWAC CHAMP AND RIVALS , Southern University underfeated and playing for a trip to Houston for the SWAC Championship game. But as Eddie would say, let’s take on game at a time………….realksportsrealtalk.

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SWAC FOOTBALL: TIGERS/BRAVES MATCHUP HIGHLIGHT THIS WEEKEND’S MATCH UPS…

Good morning, Ok, as we have reached the midpoint, SWAC teams have started to position themselves in what many may call a possible trip to Houston. However, the Biggest game of the year may be taking place in Grambling as the red hot Alcorn State Braves invade Robinson Stadium to take on the red hot Grambling Tigers. Both teams are seeking to move to 4-0 in league play as well as gain the inside track to a division title. Let’s break down this weekend matchups:

Alcorn State ( 5-1 , 3-0 ) @ Grambling State ( 3-3 , 3-0 )

Who would have thought that this game would mean something. Grambling State is coming off it’s worst season ever as a program and the Alcorn State Braves have been playing second fiddle to Jackson State and Alabama State the last two seasons. Well now, the Tigers with new coach , Brian Fobbs have been great as of late in Swac play and lead the West with a 3-0 record. The Tigers have won all of their games on the road as well so playing infront of a starving student body as well as a fan based would be a welcoming site. Alcorn State on the other hand has basically claimed their spot as the top program in the East as they have raced out to an 3-0 record as well. Coach Hopson has added discpline as well as athleticism to the Braves package. Can GSU’S Johnthan Williams off set the Braves John Gibbs?…..stay tuned…

 

Alabama State ( 4-2 , 2-1 ) at PVAMU ( 1-4 , 1-3 )

The Hornets were picked to play in Houston this season, however, with emergence of Alcorn State’s surge , the Hornets must run the table and hope the the Braves trip uo down the line. Reggie Barlow brings his Hornets to Houston to crash the Homecoming festivities of PVAMU. The Panthers are coming off a historic victory at Jackson State in whiuch the offense exploded for 28 points in the second half. Coach Northern is hoping to use that win as a mmentum builder for his young team as they welcome alumni and friends to the Hill for their Homecoming. Can PV get on a roll at home or will the Hornets be celebrating all the way back to Montgomery…..stay tuned….

 

MVSU ( 1-5 , 0-4) @ Jackson State ( 2-3 , 1-2 )

It’s Homecoming for the JSU Tigers as well as former coach, Rick Comengy as he leads his Delta Devils into Jackson looking to ruin the party for the Tigers. Valley is coming off a tough loss in Houston to TSU 20-16 , a game in which they lead heading into the fourth quarter. With IVY at QB , MVSU has moved the ball but the defense has given up the big play too many times. JSU is seeking redemption as they were defeated at home by a winless PVAMU team which scored 28 point in the second half. This game may be the next best game to the Alcorn/Grambling match up. Comengy would like nothing but to get a win against a program he lead for eight seasons. JSU needs a win like I need money…..stay tuned…

 

Southern University ( 3-3 , 2-1 ) @ Alabama A&M ( 2-4 , 1-3 )

As Sam Cooke would say, ” A change will come” and for Southern that change came as the Jags have gotten a few players back from the begging of the season fiasco of ceretification issues. Coming off a 51-36 win over UAPB, the Jags look to make up ground on GSU and TSU for the lead in the West. AAMU Bulldogs are coming off a tough loss at home to GSU 38-28 . Coach Spady’s Bulldogs wouldn’t like nothing but to upend the Jags and regain respect throughout the league. This game is important to both teams as they fight to stay in the hunt for a trip to Houston…….stay tuned….

 

Texas Southern and UAPB have an Open Date………

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Coach Fobbs has the GRAMBLING STATE TIGERS ROARING AGAIN!!

Good morning, I hope that everyone is having a blessed day. OK, Let’s get to it. The Grambling State Tigers have seen what it’s like to be at the bottom of the pit. Over the last two years, the Tigers were shackeled with 3 losing seasons which included an emabrrassing forfiet to Jackson State last season. Once a proud program under legendary Eddie Robinson and Doug Williams , the Tigers had lost it’s pride and swagger. Last season was the nail in the coffin as Doug Williams was fired two games into the season and replaced by George Ragsdale who was fired 6 games who was replaced by Dennis Winston was was let go at season’s end. The school went through a tough off season as the president and AD were let go and along with the Men’s basketball coach , replaced by interium candidates to help through the ongoing changes. Well, once they new interium president arrived, she over hauled the entire school administration and brought in people capable of getting the program back on top. JASON MEDLOCK, was brought in to reorganize the entire athletic structure as well as bring in much needed donations from near in far from trusted business adversaries who had Grambling State’s interest. The next hire would change the face of the football program. BRIAN FOBBS , a former Tiger himself was hired to lead the struggling program back to greatness. With his ideas furmulated from Eddie Robinson and his father Lee Fobbs, the Tiger Football program has seen a reminscince of its old self. Fobbs brought in assistant coaches who would share the same passion for winning as well as passion for the student athletes. After a tough spring and summer, the Tigers came to camp with a fresh new look on the 2014 season. With a few new players and some cancerous players removed, the Tigers hit the field looking for a taste of victory. Losing their first three games was tough, however, many saw a different team from last season as the Tigers player up against stiff competition and held their own. Heading into Jackson with an 0-3 record didn’t seem to good also. JSU wanted the Tigers to pay for their lost homecoming game last season as well as pay for the financial losses in turn. However, Fobbs had a diferent plan and it worked. The GSU TIgers defeated JSU and finally broke through with a major victory over the program that minick them for the entire season. Fobbs had given the Tigers hope. Heading into Dallas to take on a tough PV in the Cotton Bowl was sort of a validation as the Tigers won 26-20. However, heading into NormaL , Alabama to take on Alabama A&M would move the Tigers to 3-0. Well, as Fobbs would have it, the Tigers won 38-28 and they Tigers beleive that they have arrived. Heading into this Saturday showdown at home against a much improved and hot Alcorn State team would ad more validation to the Tiger’s season and possibly put them in place at a birth to the SWAC championship game in Houston. The Braves come in 4-0 in Swac and have been red hot of late. This is a tough task for a Tiger team finally finding their identity. Coach Fobbs has done a masterful job of getting GSU back up todate and now are leading the West division by .5 games over TSU and Southern. With his father, Lee standing behind him and Eddie Robinson looking down, there is nowhere but up for those Grambling State Tigers……..realsportsrealtalk_

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SWAC FOOTBALL: Tonight is the night!!…..Key games on tap this weekend

Good morning, Ok let’s get to it. We are near the mid point of the college football season and conference races are starting to heat up. Big games include SEC matchups LSU @ Auburn , Texas A&M @ Mississippi State and Alabama @ Ole Miss sat the tone of what will be expected throughout the college season. However, in SWAC, tonight came make or break either Alcorn or Alabama State season as both take a ( 3-0 ) record into tonight’s match up that could decide the East Division. The Hornets are flying high after blowing away TSU 38-3 at home to sat the table for tonight. Lead by RB Cyrus, the Hornets ground game can be unstable. Alcorn is coming off a 56-16 throttling of Southern University at home as well. QB John Gibbs had over 6oo yards of total offense against the Jags. The winner of tonight’s game may have the inside track to Houston.

Other games of note:

Grambling State ( 2-3 , 2-0 ) at Alabama A&M ( 2- 3 , 1-1 )

GSU is riding high after stealing a win from PVAMU in Dallas 26-20 to remain underfeated in SWAC Play. The Tigers are lead by QB Johnathan Williams who seems to be putting the Tigers on his back. The Tigers defense has awakaen as they have limited opponents. AAMU picked up their first conference win at MVSU 42-20. AAMU got going early and often in Coach Spady’s Pistol offense. With the historic ” Louis Crews Classic ” on tap this weekend, I expect the Bulldogs to ease out a win at home over the Tigers.

UAPB ( 1-4 , 0-2 ) at Southern University ( 2-3 , 1-1 )

UAPB is coming off a tough OT loss at home to Jackson State 33-30. The Lions played well and even lead during the contest. Coach Coleman’s Lions are still trying to learn how to win again. With road games back to back coming up, it could be a long season. Southern is coming off a blowout loss at Alcorn 56-16. The Jags lead by Frosh QB Howard, have shown glimpses of perfection at times however growing paians are tough to ver come. With Homecoming at the theme, The Jaguars will get back on track with a much needed win at home.

PVAMU ( 0-4 , 0-2 ) at Jackson State ( 3-2 , 1-1 )

The Panthers were picked as one of the early season favorites to reach Houston, however things have not gone according to plan. PV has suffered close losses plus with the reduction of on the field timed due to low APR, things are getting kind of sticky on the hill. Lead by QB Lovelace, the Panthers offense can be explosive at times. The defense has had it’s ups and downs also. Jackson State is coming off an OT win over UAPB 33-30 but still has that bad taste in their mouth with the loss to GSU. The Tigers are trying to still close to both Alcorn and Alabama State for the East title. Lead by QB Ivy, JSU offense can be up and down , depending on what defenses at throwing at him. My take, JSU will continue their winning ways at home against a imbattled PVAMU team.

MVSU ( 1-3 , 0-2 ) at Texas Southern ( 4-1 , 2-1 )

The Devils have a tough task at hand as the try to get back on track on the road against a up and coming TSU Team. Lead by QB Patrick Ivy, the Devils have been short of perfection. With a defense that has giving up huge yardage, it could be a long day in Houston for the Devils. TSU coming off a 38-3 shallacking in Alabama, they look to get back in the race for the West with lowly Valley coming into to town. I look for the Tigers to get the much needed win.

 

 

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SWAC FOOTBALL: Big games planned this weekend……

Good morning,  As we move deeper into conference play, this weekend could change the landscape of who’s jockeying for position for the top spots in both the East and the West Divisons. Can Texas Southern make history? Can Alcorn continue the acind into Eastern dominance. Can Grambling win another one? More questions loom for Swac fans alike. Heading into this weekend’s games, positioning comes into play. Here is the docket:

Southern ( 2-2 , 1-0 ) at Alcorn State ( 3-1 , 1-0 )

The Jags are coming off a big win on the road over PVAMU 34-24. Southern’s defense keep the Panthers at bey for 3 quarters until ginving up 2 late TD’S before time expired. The Jags offense has been ground hogging as they ran for over 200 plus yards in the victory. Alcorn’s QB John Gibbs has been a monster of sorts. He is on pace to make a name for himself by the time he leaves Lorman next season. The Junior from Houston has amassed over 1000 yards in total offense. The Braves defense has been solid as they have forced turnovers and made opposing teams feel very uncormfortable. A 52-9 whipping at Valley is proof. Can SU run the ball against a strong Brave defense. Can Alcorn’s John Gibbs be slowed down?…….STAY TUNED…

AAMU ( 1-3 , 0-1 ) at Mississippi Valley State  ( 1-3 , 0-2 )

This game will decide who finishes last in the East as predicted by many. James Spady’s Bulldogs has been on a slide of late. The offense hasn’t really been firing on all cylinders. However, a game like this could start the engine. Rick Comengy’s team has been on fire either. The Devils have been slipping ever since their first victory aagainst Faith University. Being at home against an lowly AAMU team could wake the Devils up. Can Spady or Comengy break the ice?….Stay tuned…..

PVAMU ( 0-3 , 0-1 ) vs. Grambling State ( 1-3 , 1-0)

The Panthers have suffered three straight losses and can really take a step backwards with a loss to a much improved Grambling State team. Losing their Swac opener at home to Southern didn’t do any help either. Coach Northern has his sights on getting back into the race with a much needed victory. However, Coach Fobbs and his Tigers might think differently. Grambling is coming off a huge road win over Jackson State. The win sort of calmed down a lot of friction between both schools as last season forfiet made national headlines. Can PV break the ice or will GSU continue to soar again.?….Stay tuned….

Texas Southern ( 4-0 , 2-0 ) at Alabama State ( 3-1 , 2-0)

This game here is the FCS game of the week. Coach Asberry’s Tigers invade Hornet Stadium seeking a win to make a statement to Swac Schools that they are for real. The Tigers have been solid on both sides of the ball. However , playing at home, the Hornets are perfect and would like to keep it that way. State’s ground game has been nothing short of perfect. their defense has been stingy as well. Can TSU pull off a huge win for their program? Can the Hornets continue their dominance over the Tigers?…Stay tuned..

Jackson State ( 2-2 , 0-1 ) at UAPB ( 1-3 , 0-1 )

Coming off a hard fought loss to Grambling , the Tigers must re group if they want to get back into the race. 5 TURNOVERS killed them last week. To keep up with Alcorn and Alabama State , they must limit turnovers and not get caught up in the Lion’s den. UAPB is looking to break the ice as well as they look for their first SWAC win at home. Coach Coleman’s Lions are pretty tough at home and could cause a few problems for the Tigers. Can JSU pull out a win? Will UAPB protect the home turf?….Stay tuned…..

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