WSSU, Virginia Union, and Bowie State all remain unbeaten, CIAA goes 3-9
by, 09-12-2012 at 12:34 PM (6904 Views)
After watching this weekends results of CIAA teams going 3-9 against out of conference foes (i went 11-1 on my predictions), I'm done complaining and asking the question, why? Let's focus on the upside and zoom into those teams that are doing well so far this season in Winston Salem State, Virginia Union, and Bowie State.
By now, its pretty well known that Winston Salem State is the power team in this conference. There's no stopping this Rams team. They have beaten two pretty good teams in UNCP and Concord College, the reigning WVIAC conference champs. So far, no game for the Rams has been a runaway. This is great, because last year, WSSU pretty much smashed through the competition until they were severely tested in the national semi-finals against Wayne State. Hard fought games build team character and Rams Head Coach Connell Maynor has these kids knowing they will win. It's Alabama or bust for the Rams, which puts a lot of pressure on this team to run the regular season table.
WSSU 30 Concord 22
The Winston Salem State Ram took care of business against WVIAC Champ Concord College 30-22. Rams RB Maurice Lewis continued impressive pace rushing for 109 yards on 25 carries and 1TD. The Rams player who had the most impressive numbers was WR Jameze Massey as he amassed 6 catches for 173 yards and 1TD.
Morehouse -v- WSSU in Cleveland Ohio
This week, the Rams travel to Cleveland Ohio to play in the Cleveland Football Classic against a tough Morehouse team. The game will be played at Cleveland Brown Stadium right next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Morehouse is 1-1, but the loss came in the last minute against FCS Howard U of the MEAC. This is the third week in a row the Rams play tough competition to help solidify their seeding come playoff time. Look for the Rams to continue their next step to an undefeated season. RB Maurice Lewis will be doing his thing and should reach the century mark again.
My Prediction: WSSU 27 Morehouse 17
Bowie State 28 Benedict 14
Thursday night, September 6th, was a historic day in America. Our President, Barack Obama was having his acceptance speech in Charlotte, NC. His speech was so important, the NFL rescheduled their season opener to Wednesday night. However, about and hour and a half down the road in Columbia, SC, the CIAA and SIAC scheduled their Thursday night game where the Bowie State Bulldogs beat up on the Benedict Tigers 28-14. The game was even televised. The game was a complete ground and pound domination by Bowie as RB Keith Brown and RB Corwin Ackers both had over a 100 yards rushing. Brown ran for 9 carries for 130 yards and 3TDs, Ackers had 12 carries for 126 yards and 1TD. Bowie defense had a big night also, holding the Tigers to 120 yards total offense.
Fairmont St at Bowie State
Bowie State will be looking to remain unbeaten this week. WVIAC foe Fairmont State comes into town looking to upend the Bulldogs, but this Bowie State team is looking for some big momentum going into conference play the following week. Fairmont State will be much tougher than Benedict was.
My prediction: Bowie State 20 Fairmont State 17
Virginia Union 31 Brevard 14
The Virginia Union Panthers remained undefeated as they beat Brevard College 31 -14. Head Coach Mike Bailey has his kids confidence through the roof as they head into CIAA play. Panther RB Jerr Washington had a great afternoon rushing 20 times for 117 yards and 4TDs. Yes, count them, 4TD's for the running back. The Panther defense held Brevard to 73 yards passing. This team is reeking with assurance going into CIAA play because it appears ECSU is trying to discover who they are. Look out for the Panthers in their division.
UNC Pembroke 31 Fayetteville State 21
In the 4th annual Two Rivers Classic and what continues to be total domination, the UNC Pembroke Braves handled the FSU Broncos 31-21. As an FSU alum and among other FSU alums in the tailgate area, the conversation seems to be this is a very lopsided series. Pembroke owns FSU and leads the series 4-0. The game was delayed for one hour due to the storms in the area. Pembroke had two RBs with over 90 yards each. Braves RB Demonte Terry had 3TDs in the game. Fayetteville State led at halftime 14-10, giving FSU fans a small glimmer of hope, but the Broncos quickly relinquished the lead in the third quarter.
Virginia Union at Fayetteville State
This is a game of two teams going in two different direction. The VU Panthers are definitely feeling themselves right now and Coach Mike Bailey will ensure them team does not take FSU lightly. For the Broncos, they have played two tough opponents in FCS NC Central and UNCP, both games were close at some point in the game. The VU Panthers have played two Rudy Poot teams in Benedict and Brevard. The Panthers beat FSU last year costing the Broncos a trip to the Pioneer Bowl. I think revenge will be on FSU's mind.
My Prediction: Fayetteville State 28 VU 24
New Haven 24 St. Aug 21
If a loss can ever be a sign of something positive, the St. Aug Falcons losing 24-21 to New Haven are signs that WSSU has some stiff competition in their division. New Haven came into this game nationally ranked at #13. St. Aug, dominated Wingate the week before. This was a hard fought battle til the end. Falcons QB Teddy Becote went 27 of 40 for 194 yards and 2Tds and 1 INT. New Haven defense shut down the Falcons running attack holding them to 13 yards rushing total.
St. Aug at Southern Conn St.
The Falcons travel to New Haven, Connecticut to take on NE10 stud, Southern Conn. St. The Falcons have a real shot of impressing some voters with a win against Southern Conn. St. The NE10 has Southern Conn St. picked second in the conference. St. Aug was picked to finish 3rd. The winner here has a shot at the post season.
My Prediction: St. Aug 21 Southern Conn. St. 18
Miles 28 Shaw 15
Shaw Bears Head Coach Robert Massey is still without a win as the Bears get bounced by Miles College 28-15. Shaw led early 3-0, but after that, Miles took over the game and slowly wore out the Bears. Shaw led in time of possession 36 minutes to Miles 23 minutes, but the Bears could not come up with many points. Miles capitalized on all the right opportunities in order to prevail.
Stillman at Shaw
The Bears take on another SIAC foe in Stillman College this week. 0-3 will be a horrible start for Head Coach Robert Massey.
My Prediction: Stillman 24 Shaw 21
Catawba 49 Livingstone 17
The Battle for the Mayors cup has been a lopsided series and last week it continued as Catawba beat Livingstone 49-17. On a positive not for the Blue Bears, QB Drew Powell was 30 of 45 for 305 yards, 1TD and 1 INT. The Blue Bears Offense looks much better than in previous seasons.
Edward Waters College at Livingstone
Livingstone looks much improved and Edwards College plays like a Pop Warner team. Blue Bears will prevail.
My Prediction: Livingstone 28 Edward Waters 10
Tuskegee 35 JCSU 17
Johnson C Smith continues to struggle as the were defeated 35 - 17 by SIAC power Tuskegee. The Golden Bulls led 10-0 in this game before allowing Tuskegee to come back in the game. The loss makes the Golden Bulls 0-2.
Concordia-Selma at JCSU
Very little is known about Concordia-Selma, but what I do know is the JCSU is hungry and will not lose at home.
My prediction: JCSU 24 Concordia 10
West Liberty 14 Virginia 13
In what has to be a very painful loss to a WVIAC cellar dweller, the VSU Trojans were upset by West Liberty 14-13. This was a gut wrenching loss for the Trojans which are now searching for answers.
VSU at Benedict
For the third week in a row, the Benedict Tigers are taking on a CIAA team. Are these hints that Benedict might want to defect to the CIAA?
My prediction: VSU 30 Benedict 21
Virginia Military Institute 24 Chowan 17
Chowan lost a hard fought battle against FCS VMI 24-17 in Lexington, VA. Hawks QB Cameron Stover went 28 of 52 for 246 yards, 1TD and 1 INT. Defensively, the Hawks held VMI to 33 yards rushing on the game. Chowan actually led 17-14 going into he 4th quarter. This is a positive sign of things to come for the Chowan Hawks.
Shorter at Chowan
The Hawks take on Shorter this week, which is a pretty good team out of the Gulf South Conference. This is another tough test, but after putting up 70 against Livingstone and narrowly losing to FCS VMI, i think the Hawks can pull this one out.
My prediction: Chowan 24 Shorter 23
Delta State 26 ECSU 7
After predicting the Vikings to go 9-1 in the regular season, the Vikings quickly shot down my prediction by losing to Gulf South Conference power Delta State 26-7. The Vikings are now 0-2. The good things is, these are non-conference teams that are very good. The Vikings can actually start off 0-3 and still run the table to be in Durham come November. Which brings me to this weeks game against Albany State.
Albany State at ECSU
My Prediction: Albany State 35 ECSU 14
Wofford 82 Lincoln 0
I have one word for this game: OUCH! Nuff said
This week, Lincoln takes on Kentucky State
My prediction: Kentucky State 42 Lincoln 12
Last Week of Out of Conference play
I'm so glad the out of conference schedule is over. It's just too many games going on. After this week, we will start to see who will be ready for CIAA. FANS, I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU Are people sleeping on Chowan? Is it too early in the season to BE TALKING ABOUT COACHES IN THE HOT SEAT?