Thursday, September 22, 2016

SIAC showdown, SWAC title rematch set

ATLANTA, Georgia -- With little exception – particularly Delaware State’s date 4 p.m. Saturday with Missouri – the games pitting overmatched HBCU teams against teams in NCAA divisions above them are over. It’s time to get on to the games between conference foes.

The featured SIAC game of the week is the battle of unbeatens as BCSP No. 7 Tuskegee (3-0, 2-0 SIAC, 0-0 W) hosts Lane (3-0, 1-0, 0-0 W) Saturday (1 p.m.) in a West Division showdown. Lane features the SIAC rushing leader in junior Marcus Holliday who is averaging 146.4 rushing yards per game. Holliday ran for 214 yards on 19 carries in last week’s 46-44 win over Langston. He also leads the league with four rushing touchdowns. Tuskegee is led by senior quarterback Kevin Lacey who is passing for 203.7 yards per game with five TD passes and just two interceptions. Lacey is hitting on 65.4% of his passes and to lead the league in passing efficiency (252.7).

The two are the top scoring teams in the league with Lane at 33.3 points per game and Tuskegee at 28.0. The other intra-divisional match ups pair Benedict (2-1, 0-0 E) and Fort Valley State (1-2, 0-0 E) in an East Division tilt in Columbia, S.C. (6 p.m.) and Kentucky State (0-3, 0-1) and Central State (0-3, 0-1) from the West Division doing battle at the Circle City Classic in Indianapolis (3 p.m.). The only inter-divisional tilt has Morehouse (2-1, 1-0 SIAC) from the East hosting (2 p.m.) defending West Division champ Miles (1-1, 0-0 SIAC).


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