2021 Football

Bowie State, Albany State to host D2 playoff games

Two HBCUs, Bowie State of the CIAA and Albany State of the SIAC, will host D2 playoff games.

Both CIAA Champion Bowie State and SIAC champion Albany State have their NCAA D2 playoff assignments. Both schools will host first-round playoff games.

BSU comes in as the second seed. It will host Lenoir-Rhyne (8-2) on Saturday. ASU dropped one spot in the rankings, to fourth, but it will host West Georgia (8-2) on Saturday.

Bowie State finished the season 10-1 overall, 10-0 against NCAA Division II competition with its only loss coming against FCS Delaware State in its season-opener. It claimed its fifth CIAA North Division title since 2015 and Saturday won its third-consecutive CIAA title with a 17-7 win over CIAA South champion Fayetteville State. This is the fourth-straight postseason appearance for BSU, dating back to the 2017 season.

Albany State finished the season 10-1 as well. Its lone loss came to Valdosta State, the number one seed in the Super Region. VSU beat ASU 21-3 on Sept. 13. Since then, ASU has been on a roll, recording five shutouts in its last eight games, including a 31-0 win in the SIAC Championship Game over Miles College.

Valdosta State received the top seed in the super region despite suffering a 61-42 loss to fellow Gulf South Conference member West Florida.

Savannah State, runner up in the SIAC East, was thought to have an outside shot at a bid to the D2 playoffs. There are no automatic qualifiers in the D2 football playoffs. SSU finishes its season 8-2 overall with losses to Valdosta State and Albany State who are both in the playoff field.

Bowie State, Albany State to host D2 playoff games
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