Inside Hotlanta and the SIAC
By Hal Lamar and Patsy Lamar
Photos by Patsy
CAU to scramble with Grambling September 30 in 20th Chicago Classic
ATLANTA- -The fifth game of the 2017 season for the Cardinal and Black Panthers of Clark-Atlanta University promises to be a real hum-dinger.
The Panthers, under their third pilot Kevin Ramsey, journey to Chicago September 30 to showdown with the G-men of Grambling State University at the 20th Chicago Football Classic.
Last year under Broderick Fobbs, the Tigers outpointed North Carolina Central, 10-9, and took home the second championship trophy from Celebration Bowl II played in Atlanta. The win also crowned the Tigers the national HBCU football champs. This year, forecasters say Grambling will finish first again in the western division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and, providing things pan out, will find themselves in line to claim another conference title and a trip back to the ATL and the Celebration Bowl.
This is the first meeting between CAU and Grambling and only the fourth time the G-men have played a team in the AU Center. The previous three tangles were all against Morris Brown College. The Wolverines lost all three with their most recent meeting in 2002 when Grambling defeated the Wolverines 64-36.
CAU is no stranger, however ,to playing Division I (FCS) colleges. In 2015, the first year for Ramsey, CAU lost to Samford University 43-6 and last year fell to Kennesaw State 56-0 in the final game of the year. But CAU fans had plenty to cheer about in 2016. The Panthers finished 5-5, their first .500 season since 2008 when the Panthers went 6-5 .
This is Grambling’s second trip to the Chicago Football Classic. In 1999, the G-men defeated Alcorn 41-25 in CFC III. It’s CAU’s second trip to the Classic. In 2016, the Panthers beat Central State 20-13.
Morehouse has made two trips to the Classic. In 2013 The Maroon Tigers defeated Central State 42-20. The following year, Morehouse again defeated CSU 43-9
Speaking of Morehouse, the Maroon Tigers are homecoming favorites for two teams this year in the SIAC. . After their first 6 games of this season, the Tigers will journey to Albany, Ga. October 14 as homecoming opponents for Albany State. They return to Atlanta the following week to battle Benedict in Morehouse’s homecoming and then hit the road the following week as the homecoming opponent for defending SIAC champion Fort Valley.
Former Tennessee State QB Leon Murray, the offensive coordinator for Morehouse since he arrived here with Head Coach Rich Freeman in 2007, has left the college. I’m told he accepted a head coaching job with an Atlanta private high school. Freeman has brought in Harry Williams, formally of Langston University to fill the spot.
Willie Slater, head football coach at Tuskegee University, has taken on the responsibility of also being the school’s athletics director. Willie, if you think that running a powerful football club like the Golden Tigers is a handful, wait until you try overseeing all the other sports the school plays…….I took at peak at how other HBCU schools around the country are commencing their 2017 grid schedules. The Big Blue Tigers of Tennessee State will open in Atlanta against Georgia State August 31(Thursday nght). The game will also broadcast on ESPN III……
Fort Valley opens August 31 on the road against West Georgia in Carrollton(Thursday nght)….in the Midwest, Langston University takes on Texas College October 14th in the Black Wall Street classic…
North Carolina central, runner–up national HBCU champs, opens 2017 against Duke University in Durham….
Come September 2, Florida A&M will show down with the Arkansas Razorbacks. The game will be broadcast on the SEC network and played in Little Rock……
And Alabama State introduces a new opponent for it’s Thanksgiving game. They will face Cheyney University. When was the last time Cheyney beat anybody? Surprisingly, it was last year against Lincoln of Pennsylvania on the road in OT 21-20.. The Wolves also defeated Lincoln in 2012 and 2011.. Their best record in the last 38 years was 9-2 in 1979
SIAC PREDICTIONS FOR OPENING WEEK AUGUST 30 -SEPTEMBER 5
Mississippi College @CAU (Thursday night)
Ft Valley@ West Ga Thursday night)
Lane@ Texas College-Lane by 10
Elizabeth City@Central State-CSO by12
Slippery Rock@ Kentucky State-KSU by 3
Livingstone@Benedict- Benedict by 6
Miles @Alcorn State-Miles by 3
Morehouse @UAPB-Morehouse by 6 in OT
Tuskegee @Alabama State-Tuskegee by 7
Valdosta St @ Albany State-VSU by 3in OT
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