SWAC Football Race Shaping Up But Division Leaders Not Out of Woods

By Sedrick Durr

Jackson Advocate Contributing Writer

Alcorn and Grambling appear to be on a collision course to meet for the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game on December 8 in Houston. It would also be a rematch of 28-21 win by the Tigers three weeks ago.  However, before this event can take place, both the Braves and the G-Men must put a signature stamp on at least one of the remaining games. And that alone does not necessarily guarantee a berth.

With three games left on each team’s schedule, winning will serve as the most guaranteed ingredient.  But without the thought of running the gauntlet, the idea that other teams running as frontrunners is not farfetched.

The Braves are 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the SWAC, which is just two games better than Alabama State and Alabama A&M in the loss column.  With that in mind, the worst case scenario of losing their remaining games and the others winning out would cancel a date with SWAC destiny; something they have not experienced since 1994.

As for the G-Men who is 5-3 and 5-0 in conference play only one game separates them and Southern for the marbles on the West side of the SWAC.

The Jaguars who defeated Jackson State a week ago will still face Grambling in the Bayou Classic which could turn out to be a deciding game.

Additionally, the West could also be settled at that point should Texas Southern, Mississippi Valley and Alabama State defeat the Tigers and the Jaguars win out. In other words, the coast is not clear for either division leader.

After a week off, the Braves will travel to Alabama A&M before hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Jackson State.

Grambling’s matchup Texas Southern and Valley will both be on the road before coming home for the Hornets.As a result, the dust has yet to settle for a December 6 lineup.