Howard (0-2) at Hampton (1-1): Alright Howard, you can finally stop the this weekend. That 76-0 body bag contest at Boston College was a tough pill for all of us in the HBCU world to swallow. I’ll skip the in-depth recap, because ESPN has done enough of that for us.
Hampton will be looking to punish Howard for letting a quality game against Richmond go last Saturday. All signs point to head coach Connell Maynor having the Pirates on the right track again. They will be a tough opponent for MEAC fans this year. And with that said, another long weekend for Howard is on the way.
My Pick: Hampton
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Chowan (1-1) at Delaware St (0-2): Delaware St’s FBS stretch is complete. No better way to come back home than to open against some beatable Division 2 competition.
My Pick: Delaware St
Norfolk St (0-2) at Marshall (1-1): Norfolk St put up a decent fight against intra-city rival ODU last week. Their defense will keep them in games and Hankerson is looking like a legit dual-threat QB. The offense was unable to put up any points in the 24-10 loss but that’s not to say they did not move the ball.
Their third and final FBS game of the season is in the form of a Marshall team that took down Purdue but then lost to Ohio last week. Once again the goal for NSU is to stay healthy and improve for the conference schedule ahead. The Battle of the Bay contest with Hampton next week should be a good one.
My Pick: Marshall
Lane College (1-1) at Bethune-Cookman (1-1): If you were paying attention to my “Game of the Week” prediction last week, I was right, while being completely wrong. In their matchup at Grambling, I predicted a defensive slugfest, and it turned out to be offensive fireworks. In a non-stop, action packed 56-53 win, BCU proved it can could put up numbers with the best of the SWAC. Look for similar numbers when Lane comes to town.
My Pick: Bethune-Cookman
Virginia University at Lynchburg (0-3) at Morgan St (0-2): Look…..at the end of the day….it doesn’t count.
My Pick: Morgan St
North Carolina A&T (1-1) at Elon (1-1): This could be a good one over in Elon. NC A&T coach Rod Broadway has decided to go with a dual-QB system which could bring out the best in their offensive attack. Out of conference FCS victories are all just above nonexistent on the scale this year but this is a game that should help raise the needle a pinch.
Last year’s game at Elon ended in a 17-12 victory for NC A&T after a late TD run by Tarik Cohen. That particular Elon team finished 1-11. This year’s team has already matched that win total after a week 1 victory over Gardner-Webb. Do it for the MEAC, A&T.
My Pick: North Carolina A&T
North Carolina Central (1-1) at Florida International (1-1): Now if this was two years ago, or even last year, I’d give my nod to NCCU. FIU was horrible those years, losing each year to Bethune-Cookman. But it appears that this year’s team is ready to cut the nonsense. Already knocking off Central Florida in its first game, its looks like it’s the right place at the wrong time for North Carolina Central.
My Pick: Florida International
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