SWAC Football : WE ARE AT THE FINISH LINE, ALCORN CROSSES FIRST!!, J STATE TRYING NOT TO BE LAST!!

Good morning, OK, Let’s get to it…..2014 SWAC season is nearing the end. Alcorn State has already punched it’s ticket to Houston. The Braves welcome the Jackson State Tigers to the Reservation as they meet for the annual SOUL BOWL. Coach Hopson has done an grande ole job in making the Braves a team to be reconded with. Lead by QB John Gibbs, the offense is deadly. The Braves defense lead by Coordinator Coach Peck, has been nothinh BUT solid. Jackson State is coming off a win at Texas Southern. However, things have gone awful for the Blue Bengals. Once a contender, the Tigers hired Harold Jackson and he has not lived up to expectations. Sitting at 4-6 IS NOT WHAT the doctor ordered. QB Tivy and WR Dan Williams makes the Tigers go. Well in this game , I see the Braves trying to make a statement to Southern and Grambling…BOLDLY……..Braves 63-7 OVER JSU……….In other games:

AAMU at UAPB

This game will be a game of sorts. The Bulldogs under first year head coach John Spady must move the chains against an upsstart UAPB team. Spady’s Pistol offense must be firing on all cylinders if the want to end the season on a good note. However, facing the coach that was fired, ANTHONY JONES want be easy. Jones has dealt with tough situations as he suffered the loss of his son last month. However, Coach Coleman and the Lions have been a breath of fresh air for Jones and family. QB BEN ANDERSON makes the Lions go….Playing at home will give the Lions much added incentive to win. My Take…..LIONS 31-17 …..

STILLMAN at Alabama State.

Stillman comes in at 5-5 and can beat the Hornets in this family affair. This will be the 91st annual TURKEY DAY CLASSIC between both of these teams. This year will be a little different. The game will be played the Saturday after Thanksgiving which would allow the students to spend Thanksgiving with their families. The Hornets are trying to finsish a once SWAC championship goal season with a winning season for Coach Reggie Barlow who seems to believe that he will return next season. But who knows what will happen Monday. Stay tuned…………www.realsportsrealtalk.wordpress.com

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PVAMU ENDS UP RANKED AT #10 and YOU FIRE THE MAN!!! HOW DUMB!!

2014 BOXTOROW FCS HBCU Football Coaches Poll
Week 12

(Records through November 15, 2014)

Rank School W-L Pts. Last Week
1. North Carolina A&T (17) 9-2 188 1
2. Alcorn State (2) 9-2 172 2
3. Southern 8-3 140 6
4. Bethune-Cookman * 8-3 100 T-4
5. South Carolina State 7-4 97 3
6. Alabama State 6-5 92 7
7. Grambling State 7-4 90 T-4
8. Morgan State 6-5 78 10
9. North Carolina Central 6-5 65 8
10. Prairie View A&M 5-5 11 NR

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PVAMU: AN UN-JUSTIFIED FIRING!!!

Good morning, I hope everyone has a blessed day…..Now let’s get to it. What just took place on Monday was mind blowing. This is the time of year that many coaches get their pink notices. However, PVAMU’S now former coach, HICE NORTHERN WAS RELIEVED OF HIS DUTIES as Head Coach. Bubba McDowell has been named interium coach until further notice. My Take……Northern is my homeboy and a good friend of mine , however he has put in work in the SWAC and at PVAMU. He was Defensive Coodinator when the Panthers won the SWAC championship in 2009. He built their defense into the SWAC’s best as the Panthers dominated that 2009 season with historic wins over Southern, Grambling State and Alcorn State to name a few. That year LB ZACH EAST was SWAC’S Defensive Player of the Year. Northern’s recruiting also helped as he was able to tap into Southern’s and Grambling’s recruiting area and grab some great players. As he was promoted to head coach, he stabilized the program as PVAMU became a nprogram to be recond with. The Panthers had gotten back their respect from all conference schools. Northern also empahasized education as a huge majority of players went on and graduated from the program. There were a few that signed NFL and CFL contracts to continue their playing careers. Hice Northern has the program in the right direction. However, like most schools , there are folks who have concerns and would like their imput as it results in more wins fro the program. Not realizing that Northern recruited players with hardly a recruiting budget nor anything to show. Yes , PVAMU finally got their Stadium but nothing has been put up just yet. Northern only had a picture to show recruits and his promise. Programs like Southern, Alabama State, Alcorn, Texas Southern and even Mississippi Valley had upgraded their facilities. PVAMU was only making broken promises until the money was availble to even release the renderings of their new stadium. HICE NORTHERN played the game with a short deck. Now, these old PVAMU heads want to use his lack of wins as their reason to fire this guy. The guy won 5 out of their last 6 games and the offense put up points in a majority of their games. PVAMU was never shut out. In respect to coach Northern, the guy put seat and tears into that program and only field minimum results but those results were positive as their record wins improved to 5-5, 5-4 in SWAC play finishing behind well established programs like Southern and Grambling. Playing with a short stick has it’s advantages and I really think that Northern played with a short stick against schools who played with longer sticks and guns. Well, at the end pof the day, my take :: THERE IS AN UNJUSTIFIED FIRING at PVAMU!!!!….Realsportsrealtalk!!

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SWAC FOOTBALL: ALCORN IS IN……..CAN GSU HOLD OFF SU?

Good morning, Let’s get to it….Alcorn State punched it’s ticket to the SWAC championship game as the East Champ with a convincing win at AAMU. QB John Gibbs continues his record setting season as he has thrown for nearly 2, 000 yards and rushe for over 600. RB Ragsdale has even been greater as he has lead the Braves ground game week after week. Coach Hopson has really done an excellent job in turning around the Braves program. The Brave Nation has already began making hotel reservations in Houston. The opponent is still up in the air as Grambling State hold a half game lead over Southern University. With both the Tigers and Jaguars hosting Alabama State and MVSU respectively , the Bayou Classic is begining to look like old times with 80% tickets already sold for the game. The winner advances to Houston. Other games of note:

PVAMU ( 4-5, 4-4 ) AT AAMU ( 5-5 , 4-4)

The Panthers are coming off a whale of a win over UAPB in Pine Bluff. RB Johnta Hebert and Jerry Lovelace had a huge game in leading the Panthers in the ground and in the air. They also limited the Lions defensively and kept them out of the endzone for a long time. With the win, PV can have a winning season under Coach Northern. AAMU is coming off a lost at home to Alcorn. Coach Spady’s offense has been hot and cold. The Bulldog’s defense has given up too many big plays at the wrong time. This game could be one for the ages. My take…..Bulldogs will ground it out against the Panthers soft interior defense…….

Alabama State  at Grambling State

The Hornets are coming off a hard fought win over Jackson State. Coach Barlow has been under fire for not winning enough games in Montegomery. RB Cyrus leads a well balanced attack for the Hornets. Defensivlky, the Hornets attacking style could cause problems for GSU young offense. The GMEN are coming off a win over MVSU on last Thursday. QB Johnathan Williams is the key cog in getting the Tigers rolling. WR Chester Rogers lead a bevy of WR’S for the Tigers to complement a strong running game. My take, GMEN keep it close in cold weather and remain underfeated heading into New Orkeans in two weeks.

Jackson State at Texas Southern

JSU season is all but a lost. Coach Harold Jackson has gotten a once championship type team only 3 wins this year. Many Tiger faithful have called for his head as well as AD Vivian Fuller’s head also. QB Ivy and WR Dan Williams makes the Blue Bengals go. Defensively, Javante Dancy leads a staple crop of stars of the Darkside. TSU is coming off a road loss to Southern University. After starting 5-1, the Tigers are on a 4 game skid which could lead to another losing season if TSU loses Saturday to JSU. QB Smalls and Homer Causey leads the TSU attach. WR Larry Clark leads the recieving corps. Defensive, DE Akir leads a staple up front pass rush for the TSU Tigers. My take, TSU wins at home to close out their 2014 season.

UAPB at Alcorn State

UAPB is coming off a loss at home to PVAMU. The Lions have been nothing short of great. Coach Monte Coleman’s offense has been sparactic. QB Ben Anderson leads the Lions. Defensively, it’s been a long year. Alcorn State has already clinched the East and a few more wins wouldn’t hurt. QB John Gibbs leads the Braves offense. My take……Alcorn gets another win added to the docket.

MVSU at Southern

Coach Comengy accomplished one thing…..Beating JSU for their homecoming….enough said. Comengy had taken the Tigers to the SWAC championship game two striaght seasons however, losing. JSU fired Comengy. He was hired at MVSU as it’s savior. QB Patrick Ivy leads a MVSU offense while the defense has looked good at time. Coming off a tough loss to Grambling, The Delta Devils have the task of going into Baton Rouge to take on the red hot Southern Jags. SU is lead by QB Justin Howard, RB Leonard Tillery , WR Willkie Quinn just to name a few. Defensile, DL Authur Miley can be a beast. My take , …Jags win big on the bluff…….

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SWAC FOOTBALL: CAN GSU HOLD ON ? CAN ALCORN CLOSE OUT?….ANSWERS ON TAP!!

Good morning, Let’s get right to it. As we move to the final leg of the 2014 SWAC Football season, three teams are still in the hunt for the trip to Houston. Others are simply just fighting for respect now. Tonight in Itta Bena, Miss , Grambling brings it 6-0 SWAC record in to face a down trottin MVSU team who’s looking to have it’s first thousand yard reciever in tonight’s game. Coach Fobbs has done a wonderful job at turning around a traditional power. QB Johnathan Williams makes the Tigers go. MVSU is lead by QB Patrick Ivy and WR Studdard. The Devils will try to test the Tigers secondary with Studdard and WR Joshua Rice. This game will be nationally televised on ESPNU/3. Other games on tap for Saturday in clude:

 

Jackson State ( 3-6 , 1-5 ) at Alabama State ( 3-5 , 3-4 )

This game would have been one of the top games in the conference however, both the Tigers and the Hornets have fallen off as of late. Harold Jackson’s first year at the helm has been nothing short of disaster. He took over a team that was in the 2013 championship game last season and has not played up to expectations. Lead by QB Frosh Ivy , the Tigers have gone to the air to move the chains. WR Dan Williams lead a good corp of recievers. ASU has had its share of ups and downs. Just recently, Coach Reggie Barlow was ask to step down. Adding to the Hornets play of late, things are not looking good in Montgomery. My take, The home field advantage plays an important role in who wins this game. The Hornets will save face and win one for Barlow.

Alcorn State ( 7-2 , 6-1 ) AT AAMU ( 4-5 , 3-5)

The Braves can punch their ticket to Houston with a win. QB John Gibbs has been sensational all season long. RB Ragsdale leads the ground game as well. AAMU is coming off a win at Jackson State 25-14 and would like to prolong the Braves trip to Houston. Coach Spady’s Pistol offense has been hot as of late. The Bulldogs have moved the chains. Their defense stepped up big against the JSU Tigers in limiting their air attack. My take, ASU wins big on the road to punch their ticket to Houston……37-24.

 

PVAMU ( 3-6 , 3-5 ) AT UAPB ( 2-7 , 2-5 )

PVAMU has one of the SWAC’s top offense however, the Panthers have given up much more in their 5 conference losses. Lead by QB Lovelace and RB Hebert, those two plus a combo of WR could pose problems for any defense. The Panther defense has gotten better but still gives up too much in 3rd down situations. UAPB is coming off a win over MVSU. The Lions finally got going offensivly as QB Ben Anderson lead the charge. The lions defense has been playing great also. My take, PVAMU stills one in Pine Bluff in a high scoring affair…….49-42.

Texas Southern ( 5-4, 3-4) at Southern ( 6-3, 5-1)

TSU is coming off a blowout loss at home to Grambling 35-7. Coach Daryl Asberry returns to his hometown however, a rude awakening may be awaiting. QB Causey along with Smalls could cause havoc if the Tigers can stay on course. WR Larry Clark leads a staple group of recievers. Southern is coming off a 28-21 win over Alabama State Hornets. The Jags have gotten better each week and looks to continue to stay up in the West behind Grambling. Lead by QB Austin Howard , RB Leonard Tillary and WR Willie Quinn , the Jaguars could cuase big time problems for opposing teams. Defensively, the Jags front four are huge and with an experienced secondary, the TSU offense could be on it’s heels all night long. My take, Jags win 31-17.

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SWAC FOOTBALL: ” HOW THE WEST WILL BE WON?”………

Good morning, I hope that everyone has a blessed day. OK, We have reached the home strentch for the 2014 SWAC Football season. Alcorn State controls it’s own destiny as the Braves can secure a trip to Houston by defeating Alabama A&M next weekend. The Braves are idle. Meanwhile, the WEST is a dog and cat fight. Grambling State is leading Southern by a half of a game . Both the Tigers and Jaguars face tough opponents in Texas Southern and Alabama State. GSU is 5-0 can win out. SU is 4-1 can win out also. TSU is basically out of the running with it’s lost at home to UAPB. The Tigers are 2 games back and must still face GSU, SU and JSU. If both GSU and SU wins out, the Bayou Classic will be something special. Here is a look at this weekend’s matchups:

 

Grambling State ( 5-3 , 5-0 ) at Texas Southern ( 5-3 , 3-3)

GSU is coming off a bye and looks to continue it’s momentum towards the SWAC Championship. Lead by QB Jonathan Williams, the Tigers offense keeps chugging along. Defensely, they have begun to jell together. Coach Fobbs however, must keep his young Tigers focused on their trip into Houston. TSU is coming off a tough loss and looks to derail that GSU train. QB Homer Causey is back under center to lead the TSU offense. WR Larry Clark and Fred Humphery continues to make catches. The defense has given up too many big plays in key game situations. This game will come down to which defense makes a stop. My take, GSU has their minds sat on returning back to Houston in December.

UAPB( 2-5 , 1-5) AT MVSU ( 2-5 , 1-5)

This game is the battle of the Mid South I call it. Both programs have struggled as of late. The Lions are coming off a huge road win at TSU 38-37. Coach Coleman has had his issues but the Lions are capable of putting up points but their defense is capable of allowing points as well. MVSU was idle last week but they are struggling also. Coach Comengy has made his season with a huge win over JSU however, the were throttle by PVAMU at home. This game will be sort of those type of games that will have lots of flags but the emotion will be there. My take……..UAPB will put up points and win in the Valley……

AAMU ( 3-4 , 2-4) AT JSU ( 3-4 , 1-4 )

AAMU is comig off a big win over rival Alabama State in the Magic City Classic. Coach Spady’s Bulldogs have played well however in losses to GSU and SU, they could not finsh off the games. The Bulldog pistol can move the ball but’s it’s the Bulldog defense that gives up too many big plays in key situations. JSU is on a 3 game slide as the Blue BENGALS have seemed to have toss in the towel in coach Harold Jackson’s first season. Coming off a tough loss to SU 42-28 AT home, the Tigers must find a way to win ball games. With this game being the last home game for the Seniors it may carry momentum needed on the road as the Tigers finish out their season at Alabama State, TSU and Alcorn. My Take…….JSU’s Ivy and Dan Williams will will the Tigers to victory……

Alabama State ( 3-4  , 3-3 ) at Southern ( 5-3 , 4-1 )

This game was suppose to be the appetizer for the SWAC championship game. However, things seem to have changed for the Hornets. ASU has flamed out after starting red hot early on in the season. With losses to Alcorn , PVAMU and recently AAMU, the season seems almost at a lost. Coach Barlow must find a way to get those Hornets back on track. Southern University has been hot of late. With 2 STRAIGHT wins over AAMU and JSU on the road, the Jags are setting themselves up for a possible return to the SWAC championship game if they can win out. With three straight home games, the JAGS may have a shot. However, the GMEN may have something to say about that come Thanksgiving though. My take …..The Jaguars continue their winning ways with a home win over the Hornets………

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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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