HBCU teams banking on more memorable – and winning – football weekend

Fred Jeter | 9/16/2021, 6 p.m.
It was a weekend to forget for state HBCU and MEAC football teams.

It was a weekend to forget for state HBCU and MEAC football teams.

Among Virginia’s entries, MEAC’s Norfolk State University lost last Saturday at Wake Forest University 41-26, and Big South’s Hampton University fell to Old Dominion University 47-7 in Norfolk.

Around the MEAC last Saturday, Howard University lost at the University of Maryland, 62-0; Delaware State University was a 20-14 home loser to Georgetown University; South Carolina State University was defeated 49-3 at Clemson University; Morgan State University lost 69-20 at Tulane; and North Carolina Central University was a 44-10 loser at Marshall University.

On Sept. 10, North Carolina A&T State University of the Big South Conference lost at Duke University 45-17.

These results were predictable. There are four layers of NCAA football — FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III.

The HBCUs mentioned here all play in the second tier, FCS. In all but one case last week, the HBCU was playing on the road against an FBS team for a financial guarantee.

It is not unusual for FCS schools to receive $500,000 or more for these one-sided matchups.

The exception on Saturday, Sept. 11, was the Delaware State versus Georgetown of the FCS game in Dover, Del.

The game lineup for this Saturday, Sept. 18, is more favorable for the HBCUs:

• Division II Elizabeth City State University at Norfolk State University, 6 p.m.

• Hampton at Howard, noon.

• Morgan State at FCS Sacred Heart University of Conn., 1 p.m.

• Delaware State at FCS East Tennessee State University, 7:30 p.m.

• South Carolina State at FBS New Mexico State University, 8 p.m.