Friday, November 11, 2016

Southern, Prairie View fighting for position in crucial final month of the season

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas -- November is a time for movers.

It's the final month of college football’s regular season, and it's the month when the contenders separate themselves from the pack. That much is true Saturday, when SWAC West heavyweights Southern and host Prairie View collide in a matchup of teams with a combined record of 12-1 in league play.

The winner will stay alive in the league championship race, and the loser will face a difficult uphill climb with two weeks left.

Buckle up.

“Your postseason aspirations all depend on how well you play in this month,” said Prairie View coach Willie Simmons, whose Panthers’ lone conference loss came to undefeated Grambling.

If anybody can speak to the importance of playing well in November, it’s Southern coach Dawson Odums.

His Jaguars teams have lost just one November game — last year’s Bayou Classic — since he took over as the full-time coach before the 2013 season. In each of those years, his team had a chance in the SWAC title race, and twice his teams reached the championship game.


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