|Jackson State and Tennessee State will face off in the Southern Heritage Classic on Saturday. (Commercial Appeal photo)|
Jackson State vs. Tennessee State
Many HBCU “classics” don’t really live up to that title. But if both these teams put their best foot forward, it’s possible we could have one on our hands. These are two of the titans of black college football. Both are seeking to return to the level of success they attained when Hall of Fame coach John Merritt roamed their sidelines. Tennessee State owns the all-time record in this series by a margin of 24-20-1. \
|Isaiah Crowell and Alabama State are still searching for their firs win of the season. (Montgomery Advertiser)|
|After taking care of D1 rival Alabama A&M last week, Tuskegee will take on SIAC foe Albany State this week. (Hunstsville Times photo)|
Tuskegee at Albany State
One matchup to watch will be Tuskegee quarterback Justin Nared (3 touchdowns over AAMU) against the Albany State defense, led by D2 All-American candidate Dexter Moody.
|Bethune-Cookman will be looking for a win over FBS opponent Florida International (Miami Herald photo)|
One of the big stories this season has been FCS teams beating FBS teams. The MEAC and SWAC have yet to pull off such a win, but defending MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman has perhaps the conference’s best shot at pulling off an upset over a team from college football’s top division this week. BCU will travel head south to Miami to take on Florida International, a member of the FBS’s Sunbelt Conference.
BCU actually enters the game as a three point favorite over FIU. When was the last time an FCS HBCU could say that? BCU enters the game 2-0, with wins against FCS foe Tennessee State and D2 Virginia Union. And though FIU (0-2) is one of the weaker FBS teams in the country, it would still be a major victory for the Wildcats.