They’ve got an unbeaten record and the reigning Division II national player of the week. The Clark Atlanta Panthers are making some noise in the SIAC this season, and they can make their loudest statement of the season Saturday when they face perennial conference power Tuskegee in Alabama.
The Panthers (3-0, 3-0 SIAC) opened the season with a 30-24 double overtime victory at Fort Valley and received a win by forfeit after Stillman was forced to cancel the home contest between the teams Sept. 5. Clark Atlanta blanked Lane 33-0 in its home opener last week behind a four-touchdown performance from QB Mark Wright, who was named national player of the week by the Heritage Sports Radio Network for the effort.
The Panthers face their toughest test of the season Saturday on the road against the Golden Tigers, who had won 17 straight SIAC games before a 23-16 loss to Miles Sept. 12. Tuskegee has dominated the series against Clark Atlanta, winning 12 of the last 13 (including a 42-20 win in Atlanta last season) and 54 of 72 overall.
With a victory, Clark Atlanta could solidify its spot at the top of the SIAC. But it will be a tough task against a Tuskegee team that hasn’t lost a home game in three seasons under coach Willie Slater.
So, who do you think will prevail in this SIAC showdown?
FAMU on a roll headed to the ATL
Florida A&M will bring a 3-0 record into the Sept. 26 Atlanta Football Classic matchup against Tennessee State, including Thursday’s 48-10 victory over MEAC opponent Howard.
LeRoy Vann returned two punts for touchdowns and quarterback Curtis Pulley had two TD passes as the Rattlers routed the Bison before a national television audience on ESPNU. Next up for FAMU – its annual battle with the Big Blue of TSU at the Georgia Dome.
The Rattlers have won seven straight against TSU in Atlanta, including last year’s 28-21 victory in which Pulley accounted for three TDs.
Fayetteville State at Saint Paul’s, 1 p.m.
Livingstone at Bowie State, 1 p.m.
Shaw at Lincoln, Pa., 1 p.m.
Virginia State at Saint Augustine’s, 1:30 p.m.
Chowan at Elizabeth City State, 4 p.m.
Virginia Union at Johnson C. Smith, 6 p.m.
Morgan State vs. Winston-Salem State, Giants Stadium, 2 p.m.
William and Mary at Norfolk State, 6 p.m.
Hampton at North Carolina A&T, 6 p.m.
Stillman at Central State, 1 p.m.
Clark Atlanta at Tuskegee, 2 p.m.
Morehouse at Lincoln, Mo., 3 p.m.
Miles vs. Samford, 3 p.m.
Benedict vs. Concordia, 4 p.m.
Lane at Fort Valley, 7 p.m.
Ky. Wesleyan at Kentucky State, 7 p.m.
Texas College at Texas Southern, 1 p.m.
Alcorn State at Central Michigan, 3:30 p.m.
Grambling State at Jackson State, 4:30 p.m.
Ark.-Pine Bluff at Mississippi Valley, 6 p.m.
Jacksonville State at Alabama A&M, 6 p.m.
Tennessee State at Southern, 7 p.m.
Edward Waters at Alabama State, 8 p.m.
For this week’s complete schedule, visit Onnidan’s HBCU Sports Online by clicking here.