What does Hampton have to be concerned about against the Rattlers? The Rattlers have yet to put together a complete game and have the potential to be explosive should they ever do. What should Hampton find encouraging? After seven games the Rattlers have yet to put together a complete game. FAMU has played a tough seven game schedule thus far. Four of the five games were against Arkansas, Tennessee State, North Carolina A&T, and North Carolina Central, games they were not expected to win. The one loss that was not expected was against Norfolk State, a team the Pirates defeated last week.
This game is extremely important for both teams. The Pirates are undefeated in the MEAC and tied for the conference lead. They played two good teams in Ohio and Monmouth, and lost to both. The wins against Savannah State, Livingstone, Delaware State, and Norfolk State were not as tough. A 2-5 FAMU desperately needs a win. They have been both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in each of the last two games, which leaves opponents in a quandary, not knowing what to expect.
On paper the teams appear to be close. To win the Pirates only have to let the Rattlers implode. If that doesn’t work then they’ll simply have to out play the Rattlers. For the Rattlers to win they will have to improve in multiple areas including, field goal and extra points, turnovers, and penalties. That’s a long list. The Rattlers soundly defeated the Pirates at home 31-14 at about this same time last year. The Pirates would like nothing better than to win at home and return the favor.
Here’s the pregame analysis.