The MEAC has dubbed week ten of the college football season “Separation Saturday” and I like it, I like it a lot. I’m a sucker for alliteration most times, but this name just rings true no matter the wordplay. Howard University is sitting directly on the line of separation hoping to win its fifth of six MEAC games on Saturday versus Florida A&M.
A win keeps the Bison within striking distance of conference leader North Carolina A&T who is still enjoying an unbeaten season in 2017. A loss in Tallahassee might equate to, “Maybe next year” for Howard.
Coach Mike London has been forthright about what he’s seen from his team instead of burying us all in coach speak. As evidence from his postgame comments after the win over South Carolina State.
“It’s the heart of kids who are champions. It’s just one of those things, I can’t describe what it is. The whole mission possible thing that we talk about, it’s coming to fruition when you watch games like this, “London said.
Go Go Offense
What’s come to fruition has been Howard’s “Go Go” offense that our Nyema Washington hipped you all to back in August. The Bison lead the MEAC in total offense at 456 yards per game, and it’s pretty well balanced. They are first in the MEAC in rushing at 204 yards per game and second in passing at 252 yards per game, less than two yards behind NCAT.
— Coach Marion (@BrennanMarion4) November 1, 2017
Although this is the first year for London in D.C., he’s well aware of what the recent history has been for this team and what it’s accomplishing this season.
“This is the first time in 15 years we beat this team [SCSU], it’s been a long time since we won three games in a row, been a long time since we been on the road and won a road game. A lot of positive things going on and we’ll get better as a team.”
One game playoffs
All coaches across the conference know what’s at stake now that the calendar has rolled into November. There is no more time to get it right next week, there is only right now remaining.
“Every game is like a series of one game playoffs right now. Got a lot of good teams in the MEAC, you can’t rest on anybody,” said London.
— D-Wood (@DWood_EQ) November 2, 2017
Three the hard way
Facing FAMU means going against the best of the bottom tier schools in the conference. The Rattlers are 2-4 in conference play but keep in mind they are a top-five offense, scoring nearly 24 points per game, but they struggle with turnovers. Take away Delaware State and Morgan State and FAMU would be the worst in the MEAC with 15 turnovers compared to ten takeaways.
If the Bison make it unscathed out of the Sunshine State, they will not discover that Virginia is for lovers. The final two opponents are Norfolk State and Hampton who still have MEAC Championship aspirations of their own.