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.