Who will be the top Black College team in 2009?

So, who do you think will be the best Black College football team of the 2009 season?

Grambling won the Black College national title last season and is the preseason pick to capture the SWAC championship. South Carolina State won the MEAC last season, had a strong showing in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) playoffs before losing and is the preseason pick to win the conference again.

Albany State is the preseason pick in the SIAC, earning the top spot in a slim margin over Tuskegee, with Fayetteville State earning the nod in the CIAA. Do you think one of those four preseason conference picks will emerge as the top team at the end of the year?

What about a team that didn’t earn its conference’s top position in the preseason such as Florida A&M in the MEAC, Tuskegee in the SIAC or Jackson State in the SWAC? Will one of those teams rise to the top?

What about Tennessee State or Central State – or someone that I’ve left out altogether? Let me know who you think will be the best team – and why.

And it won’t take long to find out who might be the frontrunner – Grambling and South Carolina State meet in the SWAC/MEAC Challenge Sept. 6. Let the discussion begin …..

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Barry

August 31st, 2009
12:56 pm

tdiog, you are starting to show a low football IQ. What teams do you know MEAC, SWAC or other go to the I-AA playoff and win consistantly every year. The teams in that playoffs are tough and competitve. To even get in the playoff is a great opportunity to show what your program can do. No program is consistantly better than the other in the I-AA playoff. I believe the only back to back champs was Georgia Southern. It is a competitive playoff with no repaeat champs year in and year out. If FAMU won it once in 1978 then that is one hell of an achievement from a black college on the national level. What has Tuskegee and/or any SIAC team done on that level instead of being given a #1 rating by these shody pollsters who rank black college football. They need to get rel too in thinking an SIAC champion should be rated the best black college football team. The SIAC is weak as is your schedule.

tidog

August 31st, 2009
2:28 pm

Barry you must be soccer knowledgeble because football history is no your forte. The Colonial Athletic Conference consistently has 4 and sometimee 5 representative teams. Appalachia State (southern conference) has been the most recent back to back champions, but I digress. Of course teams in the playoffs are tough and competitive. You make my point blatantly obvious. The MEAC champ gets a automatic invite. The MEAC is 0 for whatever. The 2 best teams in the SWAC play the Bayou Classic every year. Coreect me if I’m wrong , the SWAC doesn’t even send a representative to the playoffs. So these 2 powerhouse conferences are tough compared to D II ballers not I AA ballers. BTW Tuskegee plays a Thanksgiving Day Classic so the 2nd place SIAC club usually gets the playoff invite. Point is the SWAC and MEAC are weak when you compare apples to apples.

Barry

September 1st, 2009
7:53 pm

tidog. Play the big boys of the MEAC and SWAC and find out. You and I know Tuskeegee will be embarassed. Therefore, this conversation is “MUTE”. Talk to your people down there and ask why they won’t play the big boys. Evidently, they know more than you.

Decatur 4 Life

September 2nd, 2009
11:56 am

tidog- We are weak compared to the D1-AA opponents you named but if our conference is weak what do you call the SIAC or CIAA. Extremely weak. So it’s our fault we would rather take the money and fan-fare of the Bayou Classic than go and get our head beat in just to say at least we made it. I don’t think so, top to bottom our conference is much better than SIAC or CIAA. That’s why you guys get scheduled for Homecomings for SWAC/MEAC schools. We’ll see who does better against the bigger conferences this year the SWAC or the MEAC? We’ll definitely know after Grambling gets finished with SC State this weekend.

lax

September 3rd, 2009
4:13 am

We also have to take into consideration that Tuskegee is focused on Academics, unlike some of the other respective school’s talked about in this discussion. That plays a vital role in recruiting and eligibility (according to TU) of their players. There have been talks of Tuskegee moving up to the SWAC East to make that conference more competitive. As well renovations are currently taking place to accommodate such a move. Until then, SWAC and MEAC schools need to start accepting invitations to play Tuskegee. Grambling and Jackson State have turned down such offers with in the past few years. All in all I have to give credit where it’s due. Grambling University is synonymous with Football excellence, besides GSU I dont know another team worth discussing.

TI

September 3rd, 2009
11:13 pm

Can we all get along?

TI

September 3rd, 2009
11:23 pm

North Carolina A&T will be a team to reckon with in a year, but for now the best team in the MEAC is South Carolina State and in the SWAC, Grambling. I beleive Grambling will repeat as SWAC and Black college champions this year. Tuskegee has a great tradition, and will beat some MEAC and SWAC teams, but not the one’s that really count. Tuskegee rules in HBCU DII.

Kapital1911

September 6th, 2009
9:23 pm

Well we know it won’t be Grambling after the straight UP beat DOWN Otown earlier today. And with all the returning starters we keep hearing about. Maybe next year Grambling coaches will watch film from ALL of the SCSU quarterbacks instead of the starter. The back up quarter named the Player of the Game. WOW! Good luck in the SWAC the remainder of the season.

BB35

September 7th, 2009
7:51 am

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tidog

September 7th, 2009
3:08 pm

“I’m back Barry “like James Brown. JUst had the weekend privledge of watching MEAC power Hampton. The Pirates got the victory with all the benefits of “homecooking” to eek out a win over North Carolina Central. Very questionable calls against the road team in closing minutes. Central is one of these DII (CIAA) teams with hopes of moving to 1AA. From my seat, I just didn’t see the disparity in player size and ability that the MEAC (big boy) conference is supposed to have. Shaw (CIAA) just beat the living daylight out of Bethune Cookman (MEAC) over the same weekend. Decateur 4 life check your SWAC homecoming schedules for the past 7-10 seasons. Ain’t nobody invited Tuskegee to be homecoming fodder. I admit talent and size can be a factor DIII vs DII vs 1AA vs 1A. The most consistent and distinct factor is “numbers”. 1A’s can outnumber 1AA (more scholarship players). If your’e mediocre or bad 1A / 1AA you’ll get handled by these good 1AA and DII teams.

F H Staley

September 14th, 2009
2:21 pm

To set the historical record straight: SC State, Tenn State and FAMU (won it all one year) have won NCAA playoff games so HBCU ARE NOT “0-for ) in the playoffs.

This year, SCSU is a legit 2 deep at QB and 4 deep at RB (and, their #1 at RB, Will Ford is the real deal and a preseason FCS/Div 1AA All-America).

Even with the loss of two veteran starters (injury), the SCSU defense was ferocious in wins over Grambling and Bethune Cookman.

Also, in the SWAC, don’t count out Anthony Jones’ AL A&M.

AND, why should the SWAC and MEAC schools play SIAC and CIAA schools when they have the opportunity to schedule contests against SEC, ACC and other Div 1A schools?

For example, over the past three seasons, SCSU has scheduled games against Air Force, Clemson, Central FL and South Carolina (twice)!

F H Staley

September 14th, 2009
2:22 pm

To set the historical record straight: SC State, Tenn State and FAMU (won it all one year) have won NCAA playoff games so HBCU ARE NOT “0-for ) in the playoffs.

This year, SCSU is a legit 2 deep at QB and 4 deep at RB (and, their #1 at RB, Will Ford is the real deal and a preseason FCS/Div 1AA All-America).

Even with the loss of two veteran starters (injury), the SCSU defense was ferocious in wins over Grambling and Bethune Cookman.

Also, in the SWAC, don’t count out Anthony Jones’ AL A&M.

AND, why should the SWAC and MEAC schools play SIAC and CIAA schools when they have the opportunity to schedule contests against SEC, ACC and other Div 1A schools?

For example, over the past three seasons, SCSU has scheduled games against Air Force, Clemson, Central FL and South Carolina (twice): All of whom were nationally ranked at the time SCSU took the field against them!! . . .

mickster

September 20th, 2009
10:38 am

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mickster

September 20th, 2009
10:51 am

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this IS hbcu football folks. Those other so called “programs” have yet to realize what we offer.Soon our players will come home and that’s when football will be FOOTBALL(right mr.peterson?). both swac and meac conferences should host 1-A teams, listening to the cupid shuffle. I’m out…

Tre' Young

November 30th, 2009
3:22 pm

Now that the season is over and the SCSU bulldogs have beat Grambling, Hampton, Del St, FAMU, and whoever else yall talkied about in HBCU football. The bulldogs will take the crown hands down. So all yall haters try again next year!

DJ FIRE

December 14th, 2009
4:34 pm

Looks like the Best HBCU Team is in the SWAC “Prairie View A&M University” Panthers……

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