Sunday, July 9, 2017

2017 SCSU Bulldog football has strong nucleus

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina -- Since the inception of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, which pits the champion from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference against the Southwestern Athletic Conference champion in a postseason game the week before Christmas in Atlanta, South Carolina State University football fans have been waiting for the Bulldogs to claim a spot in the signature contest kicking off the bowl season.

The S.C. State faithful watched as Bulldog MEAC rival North Carolina A&T claimed an exciting 41-34 win over the SWAC’s Alcorn State two years (2015) ago at the Georgia Dome, and stood by last season (2016) as the SWAC evened the series 1-1 with Grambling’s 10-9 triumph over North Carolina Central in a defensive battle.

“When is our turn?” bemoan the Bulldog faithful, perhaps. S.C. State had high hopes of reaching that coveted game each of the last two seasons, but Coach Buddy Pough and his squad got derailed along the way each time.

Well, what will 2017 bring? Labor Day weekend (Sept. 03) should give S.C. State and its supporters a glimpse of what is to come as Pough and the Bulldogs kick off the 2017 campaign against one-time SWAC kingpin Southern in the annual MEAC-SWAC Challenge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


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