The rubber meets the road, CIAA conference games in full swing
by, 09-20-2012 at 04:19 PM (4230 Views)
It's time to see what teams are made of. Regardless of how you started the season, the road to Durham starts this week and everyone still has a chance. Even Livingstone can run the table and make it Durham. Not really, but my point is, everyone still has a chance to make it to the CIAA title game.
Game of the Week
Bowie State (3-0) at St. Aug (2-1)
This past week, the Bowie State defined the "never quit" attitude. Down 17-0, the Bulldogs rallied with 24 unanswered points to win 24-17 in overtime to remain undefeated. For St. Aug, they traveled north to play NE 10 conference power S. Connecticut and smashed them 30-14. This was a statement game for St. Aug and they have displayed they will be a force this year and could be pulling off some major upsets. However, Bowie proved they are no slouch, and they are coming in here hungry to let the conference know they are for real and will make some serious noise if they can defeat St. Aug on the road. My thoughts are, St. Aug should be undefeated right now and Bowie will be the next victim.
My prediction: St. Aug 35 Bowie 17
Elizabeth City State (1-2) at Fayetteville State (1-2)
This could be a case of two of the best 1-2 teams in the country. ECSU defeated a tough Albany State team and they appeared to return to their preseason form. They have now positioned themselves to run the table into Durham. There were a lot of people around the CIAA thinking the Vikings were going to bulldoze their way through the division and possibly upend WSSU because they had a shiny new QB transfer from UCONN. But the Vikings have the toughest non-conference schedule in the CIAA, and they sputtered from the start. For Fayetteville State, the defeated Virginia Union last week at home and this weekend is Military Appreciation night in Bronco-land. Fayetteville State continues to play QB round robin by playing Hudson and Concepcion two drives a peace. They pulled out their first win of the season against VU, but Concepcion seems to be the more electric play-maker, while Hudson just looks the part of a tall athletic guy. One thing I do know, ECSU is not Virginia Union, and my thoughts are the Vikings will put an end to the QB controversy and make the Broncos decide who should be the starter. The Vikings train is steady moving to Durham.
My Prediction: ECSU 24 Fayetteville 21
Virginia Union (2-1) at # 8 Winston Salem State (3-0)
Virginia Union lost for the first time last week to Fayetteville State after playing two mickey mouse teams to start the season off undefeated. For the Rams of Winston Salem State, they slammed a powerful Morehouse College team 55-21 in Cleveland, Ohio in the Cleveland Football Classic. The Rams have played three tough teams to start off the season and they are gearing up for the stretch run. I dont think this game will be close.
My prediction: WSSU 45 Virginia Union 10
Virginia State (1-2) at Johnson C Smith (1-2)
Coming into the season, I honestly thought JCSU would be doing a lot better. Yes they won last week, but against NAIA Concordia-Selma which can be compared to the Edward Waters of the world. For Virginia State, they beat Benedict last week but the week before lost to a terrible West Liberty team. These two teams are searching for answers.
My prediction: Virginia State 14 JCSU 13
Chowan (1-2) at Shaw (1-2)
Chowan has been putting up some impressive numbers on offense. They actually had a chance to defeat FCS Virginia Military, but fell short in the end. Shaw finally got a win last week for head coach Robert Massey. A win this team desperately needed. For some reason, I feel an upset brewing in this game. Shaw, take Chowan lightly if you want to, their offense is for real.
My prediction: Chowan 35 Shaw 31
Lincoln (0-3) at Livingstone (0-3)
We have two 0-3 teams hoping not to finish 0-10. I'm going with the home team.
My prediction: Livingstone 21 Lincoln 19
The non-conference games are finally over. How do you think the CIAA overall will be viewed to the rest of the country? As we start conference play, what teams are surprising both good and bad?