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🔥 HBCU football game of the week: Week 5

Here is Week 5's HBCU football game of the week from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton.

Saturday, Oct. 1

HBCU game of the week: Alabama State at Texas Southern | 7 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet SW

This week's HBCU football game of the week features Alabama State (2-2 (0-1)) at Texas Southern (1-3 (1-1)). The Hornets and Tigers each enter the game needing a win to stay in their SWAC divisional races. Alabama State has faltered since its early 2-0 season start, but saw quarterback Dematrius Davis — the 2022 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Offensive MVP — make his return from injury last week. Texas Southern features a dynamic quarterback of its own in Andrew Body, who in his last SWAC appearance led the Tigers to a 24-0 shutout victory.

Will Texas Southern pick up its second straight SWAC win? Can Alabama State rediscover its winning ways from early in the season? Find out it this week's HBCU football game of the week.

Players to watch: QB Dematrius Davis (ASU), QB Myles Crawley (ASU), RB Jacory Merritt (ASU), S Irshaad Davis (ASU), QB Andrew Body (TSU), RB LaDarius Owens (TSU), RB Jacorey Howard (TSU), LB Jacob Williams (TSU)

Honorable mention games: Prairie View A&M at Grambling StateBryant at North Carolina A&TNorth Carolina Central at Campbell

Stan Becton joined NCAA.com in 2021 and has since served as an FCS, track and field, cross country and HBCU beat reporter. He has covered numerous NCAA championship events, including the FCS Championship, DI Track & Field Championships and Men's Frozen Four. Additionally, he covered the 2021 Celebration Bowl. Stan graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, earning a degree in Professional Writing and playing football as a five-year letterman. You can follow him on Twitter @stan_becton.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NCAA or its member institutions.

12:58 pm, September 29, 2022

🌀 Hurricane Ian game update

The South Carolina State at South Carolina football game was moved to Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. ET.

The North Carolina Central at Campbell football game will now be played at 12 p.m. Saturday instead of 6 p.m.

To track the latest college sports updates from Hurricane Ian, click or tap here.

6:51 pm, September 26, 2022

🥇 Week 4 accolades

The MEAC and SWAC have announced their Week 4 awards. Find them listed below.

MEAC

  • Offensive Player of the Week: North Carolina Central QB Davius Richard
  • Defensive Player of the Week: South Carolina State LB  BJ Davis
  • Offensive Lineman of the Week: North Carolina Central OL Robert Mitchell
  • Rookie of the Week: Norfolk State RB Jordin Lennon
  • Specialist of the Week: North Carolina Central K Adrian Olivo

Click or tap here to see more on the MEAC's Weekly honors

SWAC

  • Offensive Player of the Week:  Jackson State QB Shedeur Sanders
  • Co-Offensive/Newcomer of the Week: Alcorn State RB Jarveon Howard
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Florida A&M LB Isaiah Major
  • Specialist of the Week: Bethune-Cookman KR Darnell Deas

Click or tap here to see more on the SWAC's Weekly honors

Other Conferences

  • Big South Offensive Player of the Week: North Carolina A&T RB Bhayshul Tuten
  • Big South Co-Special Teams Player of the Week: North Carolina A&T K Andrew Brown
  • Big South Freshman of the Week: North Carolina A&T RB Wesley Graves
2:40 pm, September 26, 2022

📈 Week 5 HBCU Power Rankings

The top five of Week 5's HBCU football power rankings has a new look as conference play begins to pick up across the country. Here are the biggest movers this week:

  • Bethune-Cookman +5
  • North Carolina A&T, Prairie View A&M +3
  • Grambling State, Norfolk State, South Carolina State, Tennessee State -3

Click or tap here to see the full rankings

Elsewhere, Jackson State is ranked No. 8 in this week's FCS Coaches Poll. No other HBCU is ranked but North Carolina Central (43) and Florida A&M (3) received votes.

3:42 am, September 25, 2022

👀 Recapping Week 4 of FCS HBCU football | Conference standings

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Here's what you may have missed from Week 4 of HBCU football in the FCS on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Teams with byes: Howard, Morgan State, Southern, Tennessee State

FCS HBCU vs. FCS HBCU

Jackson State 49, Mississippi Valley State 7

Mississippi Valley State struck first jumping out to a 7-0 lead, but that would be all the scoring the Delta Devils would do. Jackson State scored the final 49 points — 28 in the second half — dominating after halftime for the second-straight week.

Bethune-Cookman 36, Grambling State 19

Bethune-Cookman scored 16 fourth-quarter points to win its first game of the season. The Wildcats held Grambling State scoreless in the second half.

Prairie View A&M 25, Alabama State 15

Quarterback Trazon Connley accounted for three touchdowns as Prairie View A&M moved to 2-0 in the SWAC. While Alabama State cut the lead to two points with 10:26 to play in the fourth quarter, Prairie View A&M never trailed in the win.

Florida A&M 38, Alabama A&M 25

Alabama A&M jumped out to a 19-7 lead before Florida A&M scored 31-straight points to pull away. Alabama A&M scored a late touchdown with 34 seconds to play but it was too little, too late. With the win, Florida A&M extended its home winning streak to 12 games.

Alcorn State 38, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 21

Alcorn State used 21-point run to close the game to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Alcorn State has now won back-to-back games.

North Carolina A&T 41, South Carolina State 27

North Carolina A&T extended its win streak to seven games over rival South Carolina State. The Aggies grabbed two interceptions in the win that saw its defense allow only 12 rushing yards.

Other matchups

FCS HBCU vs. FCS opponent

FCS HBCU vs. FBS opponents

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Standings

Conference records in parentheses.

MEAC

  1. North Carolina Central |4-0 (0-0)
  2. Delaware State | 2-2 (0-0)
  3. South Carolina State | 1-2 (0-0)
  4. Morgan State | 1-2 (0-0)
  5. Howard | 1-3 (0-0)
  6. Norfolk State | 0-4 (0-0)

SWAC

East

  1. Jackson State | 4-0 (3-0)
  2. Bethune-Cookman | 1-2 (1-0)
  3. Florida A&M | 2-2 (1-1)
  4. Alabama State | 2-2 (0-1)
  5. Alabama A&M | 0-4 (0-1)
  6. Mississippi Valley State | 0-4 (0-1)

West

  1. Prairie View A&M | 2-2 (2-0)
  2. Alcorn State | 2-2 (1-0)
  3. Texas Southern| 1-3 (1-1)
  4. Arkansas-Pine Bluff | 2-2 (0-1)
  5. Southern | 1-2 (0-1)
  6. Grambling State | 1-3 (0-2)

Other

  • North Carolina A&T moved to 1-3 (0-0). It has yet to play a Big South conference game.
  • Hampton fell to 3-1 (0-1). 
  • Tennessee State was on a bye and is 0-3 (0-0). It has yet to play an Ohio Valley conference game.
8:41 pm, September 23, 2022

🗓 HBCU football Week 4: Scores, Results, Game times, TV channels

10:29 pm, September 22, 2022

🔥 HBCU football game of the week: Week 4

Here is Week 4's game of the week from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton.

Saturday, Sept. 24

HBCU game of the week: Prairie View A&M at Alabama State | 6 p.m. | Bounce, WSFA12 Live stream

As conference play returns, Prairie View A&M and Alabama State gets the nod as Week 4's HBCU football game of the week. Alabama State enters its first SWAC contest with rookie head coach Eddie Robinson Jr. and a 2-1 record. The Hornets are trending up, but the Panthers are the defending SWAC West champions. Prairie View A&M already holds a conference win, defeating rival Texas Southern in the Labor Day Classic. However, the Panthers have slipped lately, losing their last two games. 

Will Alabama State continue its impressive early season run? Can Prairie View A&M remain atop the SWAC West? Find out Saturday in the HBCU game of the week.

Players to watch: QB Myles Crawley (ASU), RB Jacory Merritt (ASU), S Irshaad Davis (ASU), RB Ahmad Antoine (PV), LB Keyshawn Johnson (PV)

Honorable mention games: Alabama A&M at Florida A&M, Hampton at Delaware, South Carolina State at North Carolina A&T

The honorable mention slate features three HBCUs looking to prove themselves in conference play and an old rivalry renewed. 

Stan Becton joined NCAA.com in 2021 and has since served as an FCS, track and field, cross country and HBCU beat reporter. He has covered numerous NCAA championship events, including the FCS Championship, DI Track & Field Championships and Men's Frozen Four. Additionally, he covered the 2021 Celebration Bowl. Stan graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, earning a degree in Professional Writing and playing football as a five-year letterman. You can follow him on Twitter @stan_becton.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NCAA or its member institutions.

6:05 pm, September 19, 2022

🥇 Week 3 accolades

The MEAC and SWAC have announced their Week 3 awards. Find them listed below.

MEAC

  • Offensive Player of the Week: North Carolina Central QB Davius Richard
  • Co-Defensive Player of the Week: North Carolina Central S Khalil Baker & Morgan State LB Lawrence Richardson 
  • Offensive Lineman of the Week: North Carolina Central OL Corey Bullock
  • Rookie of the Week: Delaware State QB C.J. Henry
  • Specialist of the Week: North Carolina Central K Adrian Olivo

Click or tap here to see more on the MEAC's Weekly honors

SWAC

  • Offensive Player of the Week:  Jackson State QB Shedeur Sanders
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Jackson State LB Aubrey Miller
  • Specialist of the Week: Texas Southern K Richard Garcia III
  • Newcomer of the Week: Jackson State RB Sy'veon Wilkerson

Click or tap here to see more on the SWAC's Weekly honors

2:50 pm, September 19, 2022

📈 Week 4 HBCU Power Rankings

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Impressive wins carried three new teams into the top five of Week 4's HBCU football power rankings.

Biggest movers in Week 4
SPOTS MOVED TEAM
+6 Hampton
+5 Texas Southern
+3 Alcorn State, Morgan State
-4 Southern
-8 Alabama A&M

Click or tap here to see the full HBCU power rankings.

Elsewhere, Jackson State is ranked No. 11 in Week 3's FCS Coaches Poll. No other HBCU is ranked but North Carolina Central (47), Hampton (6), Florida A&M (4) and South Carolina State (3) all received votes.

5:37 pm, September 18, 2022

👀 Recapping Week 3 of FCS HBCU football | Conference standings

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Week 3 of HBCU football in the FCS was full of excitement. Here's what you may have missed.

Teams with byes: Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, South Carolina State

FCS HBCU vs. FCS HBCU

Hampton 17, Norfolk State 7

Hampton is 3-0 for the first time since 2007 after winning the Battle of the Bay. The Pirate receiving duo of Roman Copeland and Jadakis Bonds combined for six catches, 169 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Hampton's defense cause problems for Norfolk State all game long, shutting out the Spartans in the second half and creating a quarterback switch late in the game.

Jackson State 66, Grambling State 24

Jackson State and Grambling State were close entering halftime, with Jackson State leading 21-17. Then came the second-half offensive explosion. Jackson State outscored Grambling State 45-7 in the second half, finishing the day with 628 yards of total offense. Quarterback Shedeur Sanders accounted for six touchdowns — a career high — passing for four and rushing for two — another career high. He finished the day halfway through the fourth quarter, completing 21-31 passes for 357 yards. Running bakc Sy'Veon Wilkerson made his first start of the season, rushing for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

Texas Southern 24, Southern 0 (at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX)

Texas Southern shut out Southern for the first time since 1971 to win the Arlington Football Showdown. Texas Southern quarterback Andrew Body completed 16-22 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers lead 21-0 by halftime. Defensively, Texas Southern intercepted Southern quarterback Besean McCray three times in the victory.

FCS HBCU vs. DII

Howard 31, Morehouse 0 (at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ)

After a scoreless first half, Howard's offense found its groove thanks to the Quinton Williams-Antoine Murray connection. The QB-WR duo connected for two second half touchdowns as the Bison won the inaugural HBCU New York Football Classic.

Delta State 28, Mississippi Valley State 17

Mississippi Valley State fell behind 18-0 before getting its first points against Delta State in the third quarter. The Delta Devils attempted to rally late in the second half but it was too little, too late.

FCS HBCU vs. FCS opponents

Morgan State 24, Sacred Heart 9

Morgan State picked up an impressive win over the two-time reigning NEC champion Sacred Heart. The Bears won the first game of head coach Damon Wilson's tenure thanks to winning the ground game. Morgan State running back duo of Alfonzo Graham and Jabriel Johnson each ran for a touchdown, while the Bears limited Walter Payton Award finalist Malik Grant to only 13 yards on the ground.

Austin Peay 28, Alabama A&M 3

Alabama A&M's struggles continued this week against Austin Peay. The Bulldogs struggled to protect the quarterback and protect the football, allowing five sacks and turning the ball over three times. Alabama A&M's quarterback issues are apparent, regardless of who's under center. The Bulldogs have yet to throw a passing touchdown, thrown seven interceptions, and only completed 46 percent of their passes.

North Carolina Central 45, New Hampshire 27

North Carolina Central picked up one of the most impressive non-conference wins of any HBCU, beating New Hampshire, a team ranked nationally by some outlets. In the win, quarterback Davius Richard ran for the most yards of any Eagle quarterback in 23 years, gaining 140 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Defensively, safety Khalil Baker continued his ball-hawking season, intercepting his third pass this year and taking it in for a touchdown.

No. 8 UIW 31, Prairie View A&M 14

Prairie View A&M couldn't keep up with the elite FCS offense at UIW, allowing 491 yards of total offense. After finding progress in the passing game last week, the Panthers struggled again in Week 3, only completing four passes for 59 yards.

Alcorn State 30, McNeese 19

Alcorn State jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back as the Braves picked up the SWAC's first ever win over McNeese. Quarterback Aaron Allen looks the part as he completed 15 of 27 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. Up early, Alcorn State used its rushing attack often to the tune of 52 carries for 215 yards and two touchdowns.

FCS HBCU vs. FBS opponents

Duke 49, North Carolina A&T 20

North Carolina A&T fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter to Duke and could never recover. A bright spot for the Aggies in the loss was running back Bhayshul Tuten who rushed for 133 yards on 13 attempts.

Middle Tennessee 49, Tennessee State 6

Tennessee State fell behind 49-0 against in-state FBS foe Middle Tennessee as this game got out of control early. 

No. 8 Oklahoma State 63, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7

Arkansas-Pine Bluff struggled against top-10 FBS opponent Oklahoma State. The Golden Lions will play their first FCS opponent of the season next week.

Other matchups

Delaware State 35, Virginia University of Lynchburg 19

Delaware State scored 21 unanswered first-half points to pull away from Virginia University of Lynchburg. In the win, second-string quarterback C.J. Henry played the majority of the game.

Standings

Conference records in parentheses.

MEAC

  1. North Carolina Central |3-0 (0-0)
  2. Delaware State | 2-1 (0-0)
  3. South Carolina State | 1-1 (0-0)
  4. Morgan State | 1-2 (0-0)
  5. Howard | 1-3 (0-0)
  6. Norfolk State | 0-3 (0-0)

SWAC

East

  1. Jackson State | 3-0 (2-0)
  2. Alabama State | 2-1 (0-0)
  3. Bethune-Cookman | 0-2 (0-0)
  4. Alabama A&M | 0-3 (0-0)
  5. Mississippi Valley State | 0-3 (0-0)
  6. Florida A&M | 1-2 (0-1)

West

  1. Prairie View A&M | 1-2 (1-0)
  2. Texas Southern| 1-2 (1-1)
  3. Arkansas-Pine Bluff | 2-1 (0-0)
  4. Alcorn State | 1-2 (0-0)
  5. Southern | 1-2 (0-1)
  6. Grambling State | 1-2 (0-1)

Other

  • North Carolina A&T fell to 0-3 (0-0). It has yet to play a Big South conference game.
  • Hampton moved to 3-0 (0-0). It has yet to play a CAA conference game.
  • Tennessee State fell to 0-3 (0-0). It has yet to play an Ohio Valley conference game.
5:02 pm, September 15, 2022
5:02 pm, September 15, 2022

🔥 HBCU football game of the week: Week 3

Week 3 of HBCU football in the FCS continues an exciting start to the season.

Here is Week 3's game of the week from NCAA Digital's Stan Becton and as voted on by you, the fans.

Saturday, Sept. 17

HBCU game of the week: Grambling State at Jackson State | 2 p.m. | ESPN3 (tape delayed on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m.)

This week's HBCU game of the week takes us to Jackson, Mississippi for the W.C. Gorden Classic between Grambling State and Jackson State. Yes, it's the third week in a row Jackson State has been featured in the HBCU football game of the week, but this week I even let the fans decide. There's no bias here.

This game features a matchup of two high-profile HBCU head coaches in Jackson State's Deion Sanders and Grambling State's Hue Jackson. Both teams enter with momentum after big wins. Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders and Grambling State quarterback Quaterius Hawkins earned the SWAC's Offensive Player of the Week honors in back-to-back week's to open the season, but each will face standout pass-rushers this week.

Will Jackson State's defense finally allow more than three points? Will Hue Jackson take down Coach Prime in their first head-to-head matchup? Find out Saturday in the HBCU game of the week.

Players to watch: QB Shedeur Sanders (JSU), LB Nyles Gaddy (JSU), LB Aubrey Miller (JSU), QB Quaterius Hawkins (GSU), RB Maurice Washington (GSU), DL Sundiata Anderson (GSU)

Honorable mention games: Hampton at Norfolk StateMorehouse vs. HowardTexas Southern vs. SouthernNorth Carolina Central at New HampshireNo. 8 UIW at Prairie View A&M

The honorable mention slate features a first-time classic, great rivalries and elite non-conference matchups. 

Stan Becton joined NCAA.com in 2021 and has since served as an FCS, track and field, cross country and HBCU beat reporter. He has covered numerous NCAA championship events, including the FCS Championship, DI Track & Field Championships and Men's Frozen Four. Additionally, he covered the 2021 Celebration Bowl. Stan graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, earning a degree in Professional Writing and playing football as a five-year letterman. You can follow him on Twitter @stan_becton.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NCAA or its member institutions.

10:37 pm, September 12, 2022

🥇 Week 2 accolades

The MEAC and SWAC have announced their Week 2 awards. Find them listed below.

MEAC

  • Offensive Player of the Week: South Carolina State RB Kendrell Flowers
  • Defensive Player of the Week: South Carolina State LB BJ Davis
  • Offensive Lineman of the Week: North Carolina Central OL Torricelli Simpkins III
  • Rookie of the Week: North Carolina Central LB Max U’Ren 
  • Specialist of the Week: South Carolina State K Gavyn Zimmerman

Click or tap here to see more on the MEAC's Weekly honors

SWAC

  • Offensive Player of the Week:  Grambling State QB Quaterius Hawkins
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Jackson State LB Nyles Gaddy
  • Specialist of the Week: Jackson State K Alejandro Mata
  • Newcomer of the Week: Jackson State RB Sy'veon Wilkerson

Click or tap here to see more on the SWAC's Weekly honors

3:23 pm, September 12, 2022

Takeaways from the weekly MEAC coaches press conference

The head coaches from the MEAC's football team spoke to the media on Monday morning for their weekly press conference. Here are some takeaways from each coach.

Howard

Head coach Larry Scott is high on his offensive line as the unit continues to gel together, improving week to week.

North Carolina Central

"We’ve gotta get our ground game going. Everything starts with the run," said head coach Trei Oliver after dominating on the ground in Week 2. As the Eagles head to play New Hampshire in Week 3, Oliver explained his team will also be focused on stopping the run, particularly running back Dylan Laube.

Delaware State

Head coach Rod Milstead emphasized the need to fix Week 2's mistakes, highlighted by the turnovers. Yet, he also acknowledged that in Week 2, the Hornets got eight sacks while allowing zero. Overall, Milstead is "estatic" about the young players on his roster, especially the offensive line.

Norfolk State

"We're battle tested," said head coach Dawson Odums after playing two FBS opponents to open the season. After a tough schedule to start 2022, Odums said that a lot of players will be "gametime decisions" when Norfolk State plays 757 rival Hampton in the Battle of the Bay.

South Carolina State

As head coach Buddy Pough enters an early bye week, he plans to use the time to prepare for opponents down the road and heal up after missing both of his starting offensive guards in Week 2.

Morgan State

Head coach Damon Wilson is two games into his first season at the helm at Morgan State. As Wilson tries to change the culture of the team into a winning program, he's focusing on the little victories and improvements week to week.