The CIAA Championship Game is Saturday, November 16th, and the Trojans of Virginia State University plan to be in it. That is, if the Men of Troy can keep the momentum going into Saturday’s road game at Chowan University, they could accomplish the feat of winning the CIAA North Division title, which means a berth in the title game. Not to mention, an opportunity to move to the next level: The NCAA playoffs. Certainly Trojan Head Coach Latrell Scott has VSU undefeated in league play, and 7 – 1 overall after Saturday’s win over Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Virginia State is also gaining national recognition as the Trojans are starting to show up in the D-2 polls. VSU is in a great spot with two chances to win the division should the trip to Chowan no t be fruitful.
Meanwhile, Virginia Union’s loss at Bowie State put the Trojans’ destiny in their own hands as the Panthers could have potentially forced a “showdown” for the division in the season finale next weekend at Virginia State. which trailed front-running Virginia State. The Panthers are now 3 – 5, and two games behind VSU with Elizabeth City visiting Hovey Field this weekend. The Vikings will be no pushovers but certainly Union will be pulling for Chowan while trying to get the win in their final home game of the season.
The University of Richmond hosted the CAA’s top team in the Tigers of Towson last weekend and suffered their 4th straight loss and 6th in their last seven games. It is Homecoming Weekend at UR and the Spiders welcome Albany to the West End. In the MEAC, Hampton University has turned it around after beginning the season with five consecutive losses. The Pirates clobbered Delaware State last weekend, their third straight victory and they’re now 3 – 1 in the MEAC. This weekend, Hampton travels to Baltimore for a match with the Bears of Morgan State University.
At Norfolk State, things have not gone well as the Spartans find themselves just 2 – 6 on the season. They lost back-to-back games at home against their two local rivals, Hampton and Old Dominion. NSU will host the Rattlers of Florida A & M this weekend, and while both teams are 2 – 6, at least the halftime show ill be extremely entertaining. The ACC saw one of it’s teams fall out of the Top 25 this week. Virginia Tech was ranked 14th and riding a win streak before Duke came to Blacksburg and upset the Hokies. They will try to bounce back on Saturday at Boston College, while UVA has a killer schedule ahead on the back end of a horrible season in Charlottesville. That includes Saturday’s home game against 8th-ranked Clemson.