|Bethune-Cookman will look to establish its running game against a stingy North Carolina Central run defense on Saturday.|
If you told anyone familiar with the MEAC that Bethune-Cookman would be a part of a late season showdown for first place, they’d probably agree. If you said the same thing about North Carolina Central, however, you probably would’ve gotten a different reaction.
NCCU was picked to finish ninth out of the 11 team conference by coaches and SIDs prior to the season. That’s what happen when you finish 2-9. Bethune-Cookman, was predicted to finish third. But one only needs to look at the fact that Norfolk State was predicted to win the conference to know how off those predictions have been.
The past aside, both teams head into Saturday’s contest at Municipal Stadium with 5-2 records, with both teams losing once to an ACC opponent. NCCU has one of the stingiest run defenses in all the FCS Division, allowing just under 110 rushing yards per contest, tops in the MEAC. Conversely, BCU relies on it’s powerful running game, which generates almost 230 yards per game.
Needless to say, this game will be won in the trenches. After a 1-2 start, NCCU has been one of the feel good stories of the MEAC, winning four games in a row. Also, the road team has one each of the three games these two teams have met on the field. Still, I like BCU to win in Daytona on Saturday.
HBCU Divsion I Predictions:
NC A&T over Norfolk State
SC State over Howard
Hampton over Savannah State
Alabama State over Alabama A&M
Arkansas Pine-Bluff over Mississippi Valley State
Prarie View A&M over Southern
Texas Southern over Grambling
Tennessee State over Tennessee Tech