The MEAC versus the SWAC

Dwight Floyd Game Report

Dwight Floyd
Game Report

There is plenty of offense among the SWAC and MEAC teams, but not a lot of defense. Howard is making a statement as a legitimate forerunner and the team that other MEAC teams do not want to play. Against Bethune Cookman the Bisons rushed for 343 yards and passed for 157. Add that up and you have 500 total yards in regulation time. They beat Division 1 FCS team UNLV at the Rebel’s home stadium during week 1. They lost last week to Richmond 68-21 as the Spiders found a way to slow them down and continue scoring. Their only other loss was to FCS Kent State. If they continue to improve they’ll be a headache for the rest of the teams in the MEAC. As much as teams are scoring, the championship will likely come down to who plays the better defense.

Alabama State for whatever reason appears to be going in the wrong direction. They couldn’t score against Prairie View and are winless so far, this season. There is still plenty of time though for them to turn things around. While Grambling and Alcorn are doing what they normally do in the SWAC, Prairie View is showing signs that they may be able to challenge for the top. Meanwhile, the two North Carolina schools, A&T State and Central, have already beaten tough teams to claim their place at the top of the MEAC. So, who is the best of the best after week 4?

Surprising Wins
Arkansas-Pine Bluff over Jackson State 34-27 in overtime at Jackson State’s home.
Howard over Bethune Cookman 26-24 and it isn’t necessarily an upset.
FAMU over Savannah State 20-14 because Savannah came close to winning.

Too Close to Call
Alcorn State defeated Southern 48-31 at Southern.
North Carolina Central outmuscled South Carolina State 33-28.
Hampton lost a close one to Monmouth 30-23 in overtime.
In the battle between two schools rebuilding their programs, Norfolk State beat Delaware State 17-7.

Business as Usual
Alabama A&M beat a struggling Texas Southern 30-13.
Grambling State outclassed Mississippi Valley State 38-6.
North Carolina A&T State beat Morgan State 49-17.

Most Disappointing
Alabama State didn’t show up, but Prairie View A&M did. Prairie View 34 Alabama State 0.

Top Five after Week 4
1.   Grambling State University
2.   North Carolina Central University
3.   North Carolina A&T State University
4.   Alcorn State University
5.   Howard University

(In the running: Prairie View A&M)

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