Realsportsrealtalk Mid-Week Comentary : There will be lots of soul in the SOUL BOWL…..SU/GSU cranking up to be biggest Bayou Classic yet……SWAC Basketball is out and running….

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..




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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. 



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. 


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 

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SWAC FOOTBALL : WEEK 10 should produce some excitement heading into the home stretch of the 2018 season.

The 2018 college football season is nearing the finish line and post season births will be punched in due time. Within the Southwestern Athletic Conference , there are between 4-5 teams vying for post season play. This week’s schedule should paint a clearer picture of which teams will battle for east and west division supremacy and a spot into the SWAC Championship game in a few weeks. 


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In the east, Alcorn State still sits in the drivers seat and has a bye week. Jackson State will travel to  Montgomery, Alabama to take on a team that already has a win over the Braves in a key divisional contest. JSU is coming off a 34-28 victory at home over PVAMU and with a new coach, Interim John Hendricks, life in Tiger land just got better.  QB Jarad Hayes has been playing better ball including passing for 151 yards and a score in the victory. RB Jordan Johnson and Quitten Brown pace the Tigers ground game. Alabama State is coming off a 30-21 victory over Texas Southern at home and looks to stay in the hunt as well. The Hornets QB K. Davis passed for 171 yards and 2 score and also rushed for another score to pace the Hornets. 

Realsportsreatalk Prediction…………Alabama State 24-21 


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Also in the East, Alabama A&M will host Grambling State in a non conference tilt at Louis Crews Stadium. AAMU is not eligible for post conference play due to APR sanctions against the program. However, this game means a lot to the players as well as to new head coach Cornell Maynor. QB Aqeel Glass shined like new money leading the Bulldogs to a victory at UAPB last week. Glass leads the SWAC in passing with 2064 yards and 18 scores. Grambling on the other hand is coming off a tough hard fought victory over MVSU 24-19 at home. QB Geremy Hickbottom has lead the Tigers in passing as well as its’ top ground gainer thus far. The G-MEN knows that even though this game doesn’t count, a win would be a great momentum builder heading into the a must win showdown in the Bayou Classic against a tough Southern team. 


Realsportsrealtalk prediction……AAMU 31-17


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Southern University has been the hottest team in the conference thus far and will host a struggling UAPB in Baton Rouge. Coach Dawson Odums knows his Jaguars must come to play and like Grambling, the momentum heading into the Bayou Classic would be just great. Southern is paced by QB LaDarius Skelton who has put Southern offense on his back and carried the team to 3 straight victories. WR Kendall Catalon and RB Davon Benn will look to add fuel to the fire. UAPB has a QB in Skyler Perry who can do it with the best of them. RB Taeyler Porter leads the conference in rushing at 1077 and 9 scores. The Lions will come to play especially playing the top team in the west thus far. 


Realsportsrealtalk prediction …. Southern 49-21


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Mississippi Valley steps out of conference play to host Hampton University. The Delta Devils have had a season that’s has been tough. Coach Vincent Dancy knows his Devils must come to play when hosting a tough foe in the Pirates. MVSU all purpose player Booker Chambers will lead the Devils. RB Dejerric Bryant also will look to add fuel to the Devils offense. Hampton comes in at 5-3 and will look to QB Delmon Williams with 1540 yards passing and 15 scores. RB Will Robinson and Williams pace the Pirates ground game.


Realsportsrealtalk prediction…….Hampton 31-28….

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Realsportsrealtalk Mid- Week Commentary: Bayou Classic will produce a Champion…….JSU is relevant again…..AAMU looks to finish strong…..

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Good Morning…..As the 2018 college football season reaches the home stretch, there are a few ball games left that could propel a few teams into their conference’s championship games and there are a few games that could really put an end to one’s post season plans. In the Southwestern Athletic Conference , the next two weeks will determine the faith of a few teams with aspirations of postseason play. This year’s Bayou Classic will not be different. With  a victory over UAPB , Southern will make the classic a winner takes all contest. As always, the winner of Southern and Grambling will advance to the SWAC Championship game. The Jaguars have soared with the addition of new QB LaDarius Skelton play as of late. Since Skelton has taken over as QB, the Jaguars haven’t lost a game yet winning their last 3 in a row.  Skelton has made Southern’s offense great again. Play makers like WR Kendall Catalon, Troy Smith , and RB Devon Benn are now featured in the offense. The Jaguars defense has came to life as of late picking up at-least 7 INTs over the last 3 ball games. This Southern team is totally different from the one that started the season. Coach Dawson Odums has made changes following their lost to Alcorn State and it paid off in their 38-0 victory over favorite PVAMU. Grambling State on the other hand has gotten on the right track winning 3 out of their last 4 ball games. However, the Tigers have struggle offensively as the Tigers needed OT to defeat lowly UAPB and a last second defensive stand to hold off MVSU in the end. Coach Broderick Fobbs knows that this Tiger team is having growing pains. The G-Men were added to mix conference race mix when PVAMU lost to Jackson State this past weekend combined with their own victory over the Delta Devils. Now, will history repeat itself and the G-MEN propel themselves into another SWAC championship game or will QB LaDarius Skelton lead the Jaguars to the promise land?…..Stay Tuned..



The Jackson State Tigers have had and up and down season , winning at Florida A&M earlier this season to being blown out at Southern University 41-7 two weeks ago. With the losses of O.C. Hal Mumme and Head Coach, Tony Hughes, the Tigers looked as if their season may have been decided already. Well, with the victory over PVAMU, the Tigers currently sit behind east leader Alcorn State by 1 game and if the JSU can win at Alabama State this weekend, next week Soul Bowl showdown against Alcorn State will determine the east representative in the SWAC Championship game. Interim Head Coach John Hendricks has shown that he can lead the program as the Tigers throttled once proven PVAMU team 34-28 in Jackson. That win alone gave the Tigers hope that anything can happen. Many of the Blue Bengal faithful believe that JSU can run the table with 2 straight victories to advance. Will the Blue Bengal Nation stand up again?…..Stay tuned.



Coach Cornell Maynor and his Alabama A&M Bulldogs are coming off a road win at UAPB and they are looking to finish the season strong starting this weekend at home against Grambling State. As many may already know, the Bulldogs are not eligible for post season due to APR issues. Coach Maynor and his Bulldogs will play for respect. QB Aqeel Glass has played lights out as he leads the conference in passing with 2064 yards and 18 scores. Glass will look to add to his totals against a tough GSU team. A win against the G-MEN would validate the Bulldogs improvement as a program under Maynor. At 4-2 , a victory Saturday and a victory over lowly MVSU will give the Bulldogs their best record in nearly a decade. But first thing is to take care of business one game at a time. Stay tuned……   



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Realsportsrealtalk Mid Week Commentary: Was it really necessary for JSU to make a mid-season coaching change with the Tigers still in hunt for east division?……Jags and Braves are on a collision course again?…..Can Dooley and PVAMU rite the ship?….

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Week 8 of the college football season presented everything a fan’s heart would desire. In the Southwestern Athletic Conference, expect the unexpected. After Jackson State’s 41-7 debacle to rival Southern University, JSU’s athletic Director Ashley Robinson made a bold move by announcing that Tigers head coach, Tony Hughes contract would not be renewed. After meeting with the JSU administration on Sunday, Hughes decided to part ways immediately with the university. Was it good timing or bad timing. One would think that the Tigers who are still in the running for a post season birth still sitting behind first place Alcorn State by 1 game would let the coach finish the season. However, Robinson and others looked at the entire picture.  Hughes went 9-20 overall in two-plus seasons with the Tigers including 8-12 in SWAC play. Jackson State is 3-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play this season. However, this years’ improvement wasn’t enough to save Hughes’ job. Now let’s thing about this. JSU’s stability of the program will be challenged as recruiting and other things will be heavily effected in this process. Robinson tabbed defensive coordinator John Hendrick to serve as Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season. Now one must think that the Blue Bengal nation is tired of going to the drawing board hoping to land another W.C. Gordon who can lead the Tigers back to prominence. With budget issues and other contraints, JSU still leads the SWAC and is also ranked in game day attendance in the FCS.  JSU is still a viable football program with rich tradition and is waiting to flourish again under new leadership.  However, going forward, did Robinson pull the trigger too quickly or he just wanted to stop the bleeding now?…..Any thoughts?……


Alcorn State and Southern on a collision course again?……………..


The hottest teams in the SWAC are front runners Alcorn State , winners of 4 straight and Southern , winners of 3 straight. Both are currently leading their divisions respectively. Alcorn has only 2 games left on its’ schedule with only conference foe and in state rival Jackson State left at home. Southern also has two games left , both being conference foe UAPB at home and in state rival Grambling State in New Orleans for the Bayou Classic. Many would think that a rematch in Birmingham is likely. Any thoughts?…….


Can Dooley and PVAMU rite the ship?…….


Prairie View A&M 2018 football season began with plenty of enthusiasm as the Panthers began their first season under new head coach Eric Dooley. Panther fans and alumni were shouting praises of joy as former athletic director Ashley Robinson lured away Grambling’s famed O.C. to the Hill. As the season started PVAMU showed promise as the Panthers lead FBS Rice 28-19 during the first game of the season only to fall 31-28 in the clossing seconds. They played hard and went 1-3 against top FCS and 2 FBS programs keeping the games close. They even began SWAC play in huge fashion defeating UAPB 62-13 in Pine Bluff. Their signature win came against former and defending conference champ Grambling State 22-16 in the Cotton Bowl. Many started to believe that the Panthers have arrived. However, that was short lived. After a bye week, the Southern Jaguars came to town and brought the Panther Nation back down to reality with a 38-0 blowout at Panther Stadium. Two weeks later , Alcorn State continued by adding to the Panthers’ slide with a 27-13 victory over the Panthers in front of PVAMU’s homecoming crowd. That game also put PVAMU in a familiar place needing to rite the ship and hopefully win out to stay in contention with a little help. With that being said , PVAMU visits Jackson State this weekend. Can Dooley and the Panthers rite the ship? Stay tuned….



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Jaguars take out JSU and Hughes…..Braves continue homecoming spoilers role……G-MEN survives UAPB scare….AAMU dominate Hornets…..TSU wins one for the gipper…..

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Week eight of college football has it’s up and downs. Withing the Southwestern Athletic  Conference , there are a few teams who have had ups and downs all season long. Southern University started the season with the unknown of a QB, However a few weeks later, the Jaguars QB could be in play for a post season award. Southern’s LaDarius Skelton paced the Jaguars to a 41-7 throttling of the Jackson State Tigers in Baton Rouge. Skelton threw for 1 score and ran for another as the Jaguars jumped out to a 21-0 lead early on in the contest. It was the Jaguars defense that rose to the occasion. The Jaguars ” DOG DAY DEFENSE ” forced 3 fumbles which one lead to another score. The Jaguars special teams got involved in the mix as Southern’s Shontega Thomas returned a kickoff 92 yards for a score as well. Jackson State got on the board in the third as Warren Newman‘ returned a punt for a score. The Tigers QB’s Jarad Hayes and Derrick Ponder struggled all night against the Jaguars defense. The victory along with PVAMU’s loss to Alcorn State puts Southern in control of the west division with UAPB coming to town and Grambling State waiting in New Orleans in a few weeks. JSU’s loss cost their head coach Tony Hughes his job. The once might program has fallen on hard times. Hopefully,  their next coach could restore the roar in Tiger Land.


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The Alcorn State Braves have become the homecoming spoilers this season having already ruined Southern’ and AAMU homecoming. Next up, PVAMU’s 2018 Homecoming. Coach Fred McNair Challenged his Braves and they met it defeating PVAMU 27-13. Braves Noah Johnson threw for 263 yards and 2 scores to pace the Braves offense. RB De’Shawn Waller rushed for 120 yards and a score to lead the ground game. With the score tied at 10 , Alcorn’s top ranked defense went to work forcing the Panthers to punt and putting their own offense in great field position. The results were a 10-0 second quarter run to take a 20-10 halftime. PVAMU struggled as QB Jalen Morton passed for 174 yards but threw 2 interceptions. The Panthers offense has been non-existence for the second time this season following a 38-0 loss to Southern.  The victory put Alcorn State in the drivers seat in the east following Alabama State loss to AAMU. PVAMU’s loss pretty much sealed the Panthers’ post season hopes.

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Grambling State fought off an upset minded bunch of Lions in over time to prevail 45-38 in Grambling. G-MEN QB Geremy Hickbotton lead the Tigers with 217 yards passing and 3 scores. Hickbottom put the G-MEN on his back and took them to the promise land. UAPB played it’s best game as of yet. QB Skyler Perry passed for 202 yards and 2 scores. RB Taeyler Porter gutted the Tigers defense for 226 yards and 3 scores. However it was Grambling’s Hickbotton connecting with WR Darrell Clark for the winning score in OT.


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Alabama A&M gave their first year head coach, Cornell Maynor a great gift as the Bulldogs defeat Alabama State 27-10 in the Magic City Classic. QB Aqeel Glass shined like new money passing for 322 yards and 3 scores to pace the Bulldogs. AAMU WR  Nathaniel Dell scorched the Hornets secondary with 6 catches for 204 yards and 2 scores. After a 7-7 tie at the break, the Bulldogs unleashed a scoring onslaught lead by QB Glass that pretty much did in the Hornets. ASU was paced by QB KHA’Darris Davis 181 yards passing but no scores. 


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Texas Southern was hungry for a win and with no other than the MVSU Delta Devils coming to town for homecoming , it was a cure that the doctor ordered. TSU blew away MVSU 42-14  in Houston. TSU was paced by new QB Devin Williams , passing for 223 yards and 2 scores. Coach Mike Haywood needed some new blood and it worked for the Tigers. WR Bobby Hartzog Jr. caught 9 balls for 148 yards and 2 scores also. MVSU was paced by Dejerric Bryant 140 yards passing and 1 score. Athlete Booker Champbers was kept in check but he did reach the end zone with a 24 yard pass from Bryant.

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Week 9 of the college football season is upon us. There are several teams jockeying for post season play. Within the Southwestern Athletic Conference, there are a few teams looking to solidify their first place positions and there are some looking to move up. Southern University is looking to stay on top in the west as the Jackson State Tigers pays a visit to A.W. Mumford Stadium. The Tigers currently sit one half game behind Alcorn State in the east. Coach Dawson Odums knows that this game will be a test as always. JSU comes to play regardless of the records. QB LaDarius Skelton coming off an ankle injury looks to lead the Jaguars offense. With a healthy Skelton, JSU will be in for a tough game as Skelton can throw it as well as pass it. RB Davon Benn and WR  Kendall Catalon are looking for big games too. Jackson State QB Jarad Hayes, a former Jaguar paces the Tiger offense. RB Jordan Jones will look to lead the Tiger ground attack. Coming off a 24-7 loss at home to North Alabama, the Tigers were gutted by UNA on the ground. Coach Tony Hughes is hoping the Jaguars doesn’t do the same. 

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction…….Southern 31-14


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Prairie View A&M has had time to think about their last loss and will welcome back alumni and friends back to the Hill as PVAMU will celebrate homecoming. The Panthers will welcome east leader Alcorn State to the Hill. This game means a lot for both teams as a loss my be a season killer for either school. PVAMU currently sits a game behind Southern. Coach Eric Dooley knows his Panthers must come to play as Alcorn’s defense is tops in the conference. PVAMU’s offense is still tops in the conference too. PVAMU will look for QB Jalen Morton to get back on track this week. RB DeWonya Tucker will also be looking to bounce back after being held in check against Southern. Coach Fred McNair knows his Braves can’t afford to take a day off. A loss could hurt for sure. QB Noah Johnson and RB P.J. Simmons are a 1-2 punch. With both of them clicking , the Braves offense could cause problems for PVAMU.

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction…PVAMU 38-35


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Grambling State is looking to bounce back as the G-MEN welcome a struggling UAPB team into Eddie Robinson Stadium. Grambling also has been dealing with internal issues as two players decided to leave the program. Coach Broderick Fobbs will try to put all of the distractions behind and prepare his Tigers the best way he can. QB Geremy Hickbottom has played fairly well in leading to Tigers offense. Hickbottom leads the Tigers in passing as well as rushing. UAPB on the other hand has seen better days. The Lions are coming off a heart breaking loss at Mississippi Valley 48-47, a game they lead by double digits at one time. QB Skyler Perry leads the Lions attack. RB Teayler Porter leads the Lions ground game and is currently second in the conference in rushing. 

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……GSU 49-14


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Mississippi Valley State is coming off a huge win over UAPB 48-47. The win was the first for MVSU Head Coach Vincent Dancy. Now the Delta Devils must travel to Houston to take on the struggling Texas Southern Tigers who will be celebrating their homecoming. MVSU is lead by all purpose athlete Booker Chambers. Chambers does it all for MVSU. He plays QB, WR and special teams. QB Chris Fowler and RB Bryant,Dejerric are two others to keep your eyes on. TSU will be paced by WR Hartzog,Bobby and Dickson,TrenDav who are 1-2 in the receiving in the conference. QB  Cuiellette,Glen and Jay Christophe will be counted on to get the ball to them.

Realsportsrealtalk Prediction……TSU 31-6



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Alabama A&M and Alabama State renew their rivalry in Birmingham as the two teams meet in the Magic City Classic.  ASU and AAMU are coming off a bye week and with the extra week of preparation, there could be a few wrinkles added into both schools play book. New AAMU head football Cornell Maynor is looking ahead to his first Magic City Classic. Maynor has done a good job so far in guiding the Bulldogs back to respectability even though they are banned from post season due to APR issues. ASU’s Donald Hill-Ely looks to get back into the east race sitting at 1-1. A Hornet victory would make the season’s goal a reality with a victory over east leader Alcorn State already claimed.

Realsportsrealtalk  Prediction……AAMU 28-24

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Realsportsrealtalk Mid-week Commentary : MVSU wins one for Dancy…..JSU/SU showdown on the Bluff…..PVAMU looks to get back on track……..AAMU/ASU meet again for the Magic City Classic…….

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The football program at Mississippi Valley State University hasn’t had to much to cheer about in the last 15 years or so. The last time the Delta Devils celebrated was during the days of Jerry Rice and Willie Totten who in the mid 80’s teamed to what many locals called ” the Satellite Express”. During that era , the Delta Devils ran through the SWAC only losing to a tough Marino Casem lead Alcorn State team that feature shut down CB Issac Holt. These days, the Delta Devils are a shell of what they use to be. Since the 80’s, MVSU has had a Ferris-wheel of coaches that haven’t gotten the football program back to it’s heyday. In comes Vincent Dancy, a young energetic coach who’s parents attended the school. Dancy was an All American defensive player at foe Jackson State. After graduating, Dancy turned to coaching under former MVSU and JSU coach Rick Comegy. When Comegy was let go at JSU, he landed at MVSU. Dancy went with him and the learning curve began. As losses piled up, MVSU decided to go another direction and let Comegy go. They decided that the program needed energy and youthful leadership who can relate to the student athletes of the era. They looked to Vincent Dancy as their new head coach. This season has been a long one for the first year head coach. However, Dancy did break through with his first win over foe UAPB 46-47 in double over time. The win was just what the doctor ordered. It saved face for the first year coach as well as erased a win-less blemish for the teams record. Vincent Dancy has seen brighter days as a player but many would think that he will see brighter days as MVSU’s head coach in the near future. 



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Both Jackson State and Southern knows a rivalry when they see one. Well, this Saturday isn’t any difference. JSU and Southern have been battling for years with Southern dominating the Tigers the last 6 years under current coach Dawson Odums. This game is as serious as it gets. The Fans talk trash to each other and the bands battle until the lights are turned off in the stadium. This game may bring out the best or the worst in folks. With Tony Hughes Tigers coming off a 24-7 loss to North Alabama, playing in a hostile A.W. Mumford Stadium isn’t what he would like. Southern on the other hand will welcome the hostility and look to take advantage early and often against the Tigers. This game could literally be fireworks…..Stay tuned…..



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Prairie View is still licking its wounds suffered from a 38-0 thrashing to Southern two weeks ago. However, the Panthers will welcome back alumni and friends to campus as PVAMU celebrates its homecoming. Coach Eric Dooley had a bye week to examine things and make corrections going forward. However, it’s homecoming opponent is not to shabby either. Alcorn State , coming off a thrilling 33-26 victory over Grambling is rolling with their eyes sat on the east prize. PVAMU needs to win to stay in contention behind Southern. This game could be fireworks as PVAMU’s offense is still tops in the league and Alcorn’s defense is tops also in the league…….Stay tuned…….



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Alabama State and Alabama A&M renew their rivalry in Birmingham to stake claim who’s the best HBCU in the State of Alabama. ASU and AAMU are coming off a bye week and with the extra week of preparation, there could be a few wrinkles added into both schools play book. New AAMU head football Cornell Maynor is looking ahead to his first Magic City Classic. Maynor has done a good job so far in guiding the Bulldogs back to respectability even though they are banned from post season due to APR issues. ASU’s Donald Hill-Ely looks to get back into the east race sitting at 1-1. A Hornet victory would make the season’s goal a reality with a victory over east leader Alcorn State already claimed. Stay tuned……   

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