In the wake of Alcorn State’s 64-44 Celebration Bowl loss to North Carolina A&T on Saturday, it appears that SWAC fans have had it with the league’s inability to beat MEAC squads.
Since its inception in 2015, the MEAC — North Carolina A&T particularly — has won four of the five Celebration Bowl matchups.
When you combine that stat with the fact that the SWAC went 0-3 against the MEAC during the regular season, it apparently created the perfect recipe that gave SWAC fans no other choice than to speak out.
On the HBCU Sports Forum, a thread created by a Jackson State fan entitled “SWAC Coming to Jesus ASAP” initiated a bevy of opinions regarding the SWAC’s futility against the MEAC. Below are a few of the comments.
From LuvTheBoom16 (Jackson State supporter):
“Now, I said I wasn’t holding my breath over the swac winning the CB, but because I try to be loyal to my swac brothers over the meac I thought Alcorn after three visits against the same team, facing probably the weakest Aggie secondary in their championship era, and having the mismatches on the offensive side too match up well that they would get it done. Well today with an embarrassing national TV score of 64-44 is a reflection of the whole SWAC since ‘16…. 1-5 record in the CB? HELL NO!!!”
From Kendrick (Jackson State supporter):
Truth be told, the MEAC has been better than the SWAC years before the Celebration Bowl existed. First, the barometer for conference supremacy was often measured by the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, which the MEAC dominated, to be honest. But some felt the disparity only existed because it would often be the SWAC’s second and third-tier teams going up against the best of the MEAC in those games. That’s not the case anymore in regard to the bowl game. It can’t be explained away. The MEAC has proven without question to be significantly better than the SWAC.
From In_The_662 (Mississippi Valley State supporter):
AGAIN A&T has shown you the blueprint. Your admin, athletics director and alums have to be on the same page as far as where you want the program to go. You can’t have your student athletes out here staying getting in P5 money games but then when we ask where is the money, everyone gets the doo doo face. Take that money and invest it back into athletics. Winning attracts the best and right now, A&T is the best (along with FAMU) then it’s Alcorn, SCSU, SU and BCU with AAMU and Grambling knocking at the door. As someone said, A&T’s DL and OL look like some G5 players.
At this point, Alabama State is probably the closest to this point followed by PV and then maybe Grambling. ASU’s problem is that they do well everywhere else EXCEPT the money sports
From Decks (N. Carolina A&T supporter):
My take for the SWAC.
1. The SCG is hurting you when it comes to the Celebration Bowl. We had a month to heal up, game plan, sell tickets and practice. I understand the revenue factor but you have a placed yourselves at a competitive disadvantage.
2. Toughen up those schedules….at least the teams at the top of the SWAC. VUL and the likes aren’t helping you. Play more FCS ooc teams. The regular season is pretty much a barometer for the post season.
From Storm96 (Prairie View supporter):
A&T is the class of HBCU football right now and is a well run university top to bottom in all facets.
Week 1 of the 2020 football season will feature South Carolina State and Grambling State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 6, in Atlanta.