SIAC Preview: Nation’s Football Classic, FCS Matchups Highlight Week 2

Cameron Fields will have to come up big again if Morehouse is to beat Howard in the Nation’s Football Classic. (Morehouse photo)

Howard vs. Morehouse (The Nation’s Classic)

Ask someone off the street to name three HBCUs, they’ll probably name one of these schools, if not both. Academically, they are consistently among the most stellar HBCUs. Athletically, it’s a crapshoot.

Despite the differences in scholarship numbers due to playing in different divisions, the first two games of this series were tight, with Howard winning by a combined total of four points. Last season’s game wasn’t as competitive, but the two teams put on a decent show for the fans. Morehouse enters this game fresh off an opening-week victory against Edward Waters. Howard comes in winless, but HU put on a gritty performance against Rutgers, making them work hard for the win. If Howard comes out with the same intensity that it did in New Jersey, it should take home the trophy for the fourth straight year.

Prediction: Howard

Savannah State vs. Fort Valley State

After being outscored 144-16 in their first two games, Savannah State is hoping to take out its frustrations on it’s ex-SIAC rival. Savannah State’s last win came in Week Three against…Fort Valley. With FVSU having been blown out 56-13 against DII power Delta State last week, it would be safe to assume that SSU should come out on top. Then again, SSU narrowly escaped with a 27-20 win last year, and wins against D2 schools haven’t always been locks for the Tigers.

Prediction: Savannah State

Tuskegee vs Albany State (White Water Classic)

A week after an unexpected loss to Alabama A&M, Tuskegee has to attempt to rebound against Albany State. That won’t be an easy task as Albany State is expected to win  the SIAC East and played ‘Skegee tough in a game the Golden Tigers won by six points.

Prediction: Albany State

Other games:

Stillman at Samford
Lane at Clark Atlanta
Livingstone at Paine
Texas Southern at Central State
Miles At West Georgia

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