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Boombox Classic Preview: Offense Vs. Defense

Lee Doss and Southern have the top passing offense in the SWAC. (Advocate photo)

Jackson State at Southern-Boombox Classic

Everyone knows about the Bayou Classic between Southern and Grambling. But folks in the Bayou will tell you that Southern and Jackson State aka the Boombox Classic, is just as good. From the players, to the bands, to the dancers (shoutout to the Dancing Dolls and J-Settes) The series itself is tight, with Southern holding a 29-28 edge heading into Saturday’s game.

Both sides have produced tons of elite NFL talent: Walter Payton and Jimmy Smith for JSU, Mel Blount and Aenaes Williams at SU are just a few of them. This year’s game features three of the best players in HBCU football. Jackson State’s cornerback Qua Cox is one of the FCS’ best cover corners. Southern’s dynamic duo of quarterback Dray Joseph and receiver Lee Doss (31 catches, 531 yards) are easily the best passing duo in black college football.

Both teams enter the game 2-2, and with the SWAC wide-open this year, both will be hoping to make a statement should these two meet in Houston in December in the SWAC title game.

Key Matchup: Cox vs. Doss

This game is a matchup of the SWAC’s top passing offense (Southern) and the top passing defense (Jackson State). As we said earlier, these two are the best players at their positions at the SWAC, and in black college football as a whole. While we aren’t sure how much these two will line up against each other, it should be fun to watch when they do.

What We’re Thinking: Southern’s offense has more explosive potential, but the Jackson State defense is the SWAC’s top unit. Between Southern’s defense and JSU’s offense, I like JSU’s offense to win.

Final Verdict: Jackson State

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Bonus: Click here for Football Gameplan’s breakdown of the game.

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