The college football season is nearing the finish line and there are great rivalry matchups taking place over the next two weekends. In the SWAC, there will be lots of Soul attending this year’s Soul Bowl taking place on the campus of Alcorn State. Jackson State has risen from the ashes and won 2 straight games to put them in position to capture the east division with a win over the four time east champs Alcorn State. The Tigers have gone through some ups and down this season thus far. Beating FAMU early in the season to O.C. Hal Mumme resigning to losing to Southern 41-7 to head coach Tony Hughes getting fired to defeating PVAMU and Alabama State under Interium head coach John Hendricks giving the blue bengal nation something to cheer about. Beating Alcorn State on the reservation will be a tough task as Coach Fred McNair will have his troops ready. Alcorn is coming off a bye week which gave them time to heal as well as study film on the new JSU scheme. Both the Brave Nation and JSU fans alike welcome the new added flavor to this year’s Soul Bowl. With a postseason birth to the SWAC Championship game on the line, the Soul Bowl is back in the picture as one of the best rivalries on the HBCU scene. Who will win ?…..Stay tuned..
BAYOU CLASSIC CRANKING UP TO BE THE BEST ONE YET
This years’ Bayou Classic is on pace to be the best one yet. Both Southern and Grambling come into next week’s contest vying for a spot in the SWAC Championship game as the west division representative. Southern has the upper hand this year as the Jags , who made a QB change following a loss to Alcorn have won 4 striaght and are looking to break the Grambling hex this season. QB LaDaruis Skelton has played lights out and with his ability to run and throw, the Jaguars look like a team to be reckoned with. Grambling State on the other hand has won 3 straight, however, the Tigers have struggled putting up points and are missing the brand names of the past teams. QB Geremy Hickbottom is the G-MEN to passer as well as the top ground gainer. The 6-5 QB has put the Tigers on his back and carried them to two close wins against UAPB and MVSU. The G-MEN defense came to life with 2 pick 6 in a 29-16 victory at AAMU. Just like the Soul Bowl, this rivarly here is as firece as it gets. Fans from both schools will be talking and taking over the city of New Orleans Thanksgiving weekend hoping that their beloved Jaguars or Tigers can pull it out.
SWAC BASKETBALL IS BACK
The 2018-2019 SWAC basketball is now under way. SWAC Tournament champ Texas Southern has already picked up an opening day upset victory over Big 12 foe Baylor to start the Jonny Jones era. Coach Byron Smith’s PVAMU Panthers picked up an opening victory on the road also against a tough Santa Clara team as well. The defending regular season champs, Grambling State stands at 2-0 with home wins over smaller HBCU schools.
2018-2019 SWAC MENS PREDICTED ORDER
1. Grambling State
2. Texas Southern
3. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
4. Prairie View A&M
5. Alabama State
6. Southern 7.Alcorn State
8. Jackson State
9. Mississippi Valley State
10. Alabama A&M