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HBCU GameTime: Florida A&M vs. Howard is the pick of the week

Florida A&M quarterback Damien Fleming in action. / Courtesy FAMU Sports Info.
Florida A&M quarterback Damien Fleming in action. / Courtesy FAMU Sports Info.

HBCU GameTime w/ Donal Ware

The HBCU sports season is officially on, and as host of the national sports talk radio show, From the Press Box to Press Row, I cover all the action on the games that showcase our Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCU GameTime will provide a weekly rundown on what’s happening on the field, and occasionally other sports-related topics. Let’s play!

We are at the midway point of the season, yet there is still plenty of football left to be played. There are several teams that have played only one conference game up to this point.

On this week’s FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW (SiriusXM Channel 141, Friday 1-2 p.m. ET), I will be giving midterm grades to the teams who won conference championships last year – Grambling (SWAC), Miles (SIAC), Norfolk State (MEAC) and Winston-Salem State.

Grambling and Norfolk State are off to surprising starts, the Tigers 0-4 and the Spartans 2-3, 0-2 in the MEAC. The likelihood of the Spartans defending their championship, even with plenty of season to play is slim to none.  NSU lost a lot of talent from last year.

On top of losing to Howard and being blanked 14-0 by South Carolina State last week, the Spartans still have to play at its rival Hampton, at Bethune-Cookman, and at Morgan State.  Not to mention they play a much-improved Delaware State team on Saturday.

The Tigers have more of a chance than the Spartans simply because if they win the rest of their games, they would represent the Western Division in the SWAC championship game in December.  While 0-3 in the conference, they have yet to play a divisional opponent. After a 1-4 start last year, the Tigers won eight-straight, including the SWAC championship game.

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