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Week 10 Preview: The Battle for Second Place, Real HU Take Center Stage

Delaware State senior QB Nick Elko has thrown for nine touchdowns this season and has a QB Rating of just under 90.

Another week, another big game for North Carolina Central. Last week NCCU held a brief second half lead before allowing Bethune-Cookman to score 28 unanswered points in a 42-17 loss. They had little time to lick their wounds, however, as they will host a Delaware State in a battle for sole possession of second place.

The Hornets come in with 5-3 record in their second season under former Winston-Salem State coach Kermit Blount. Like the Eagles, the Hornets were picked to finish near the bottom of the MEAC. They are currently riding a four-game winning streak and have had ten days off since defeating Morgan State on Oct. 25.

I think this is going to be a great game. The Eagles are currently undefeated at home, and have been solid against the run, save for the Bethune-Cookman game. If the defense has a weakness, however, it is their secondary, which I witnessed first hand in their season opening win against Fayetteville State when they allowed the D2 team to complete 20 of 25 passes for just under 200 yards. Led by quarterback Nick Elko Delaware State ranks 32nd in the FCS Division in passing yards per game at 234. I like the Hornets to steal a win from the Eagles at their homecoming.

Howard over Hampton: After a 0-4 start, the Pirates have rebounded nicely to win two of their past three games. The two teams they’ve beaten however, Norfolk and Savannah State, are currently at the bottom of the MEAC standings. Add in the fact that the game is being played in DC, I’d be surprised if the Bison didn’t emerge with the title “The Real HU” this year. 

Tennessee State over Murray State
BCU over Morgan
NC A&T over FAMU
Norfolk State over Savannah State
Alabama A&M over Southern
Alcorn State over Mississippi Valley State
Alabama State over Prarie View 
Arkansas Pine-Bluff over Texas Southern
Jackson State over Grambling

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