MEAC News: Four teams to conclude conference play this week

Courtesy of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference:

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 17, 2022 – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) enters the final week of the 2022 football season. North Carolina Central secured at least a share of the conference title and punched its ticket to the 2022 Celebration Bowl with a pivotal victory over Norfolk State last weekend.

However, Howard still has a shot at sharing this year’s season title if the Bison emerge victorious on Saturday. This action-packed weekend has two conference games and two non-conference matchups on tap.

Here’s a look at this week’s games.

Howard Bison (4-6, 3-1 MEAC) vs. Morgan State Bears (4-6, 2-2 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 19 • Hughes Stadium • Baltimore, Md. • 12 p.m.
TV: ESPN3 (re-air on ESPNU, 11/20 at 7:30 a.m.) • Live Stats
Howard can share the number one spot in the MEAC if the Bison can overcome a Morgan State team that has won its last two conference games. The Bison are coming off a 28-14 win over South Carolina State, marking the third straight conference loss for the Bulldogs. The Bears play at home for their final game of the season after a dominating 37-7 victory against Delaware State. The Bears’ defense has proven to be a problem after being the only team in the conference to hold three schools to one touchdown drive. Additionally, the Bears recorded two defensive touchdowns and two scores on special teams this past weekend. Morgan State and Howard have been facing each other since 1899. Last year, the Bison managed to shut out the Bears in a 27-0 victory in Greene Stadium.

North Carolina Central Eagles (8-2, 4-1 MEAC) vs. Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (4-6, 2-3 Ohio Valley)
Saturday, Nov. 19 • Tucker Stadium • Cookeville, Tenn. • 2:30 p.m. Live Stats
North Carolina Central will head out of conference to Cookeville, Tenn., to take on Tennessee Tech in Tucker Stadium. Davius Richard accounted for five touchdowns as the Eagles claimed at least a share of the 2022 MEAC trophy after a convincing 48-14 win against Norfolk State last week, earning the conference’s berth in the Cricket Celebration Bowl. Tennessee Tech is on a three-game winning streak, recently defeating North Alabama 35-27. Last year, Tennessee tech proved to be the better “Eagles” after leaving Durham, N.C., with a 27-16 win.

Norfolk State Spartans (1-9, 1-3 MEAC) vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs (3-7, 1-3 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 19 • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium • Orangeburg, S.C. • 1:30 p.m.
TV: ESPN+/MEAC Digital Network
Norfolk State will head to Oliver C. Dawson Stadium to attempt one more conference win versus South Carolina State to end the 2022 season. The Spartans are coming off a sound defeat by North Carolina Central, falling 48-41, adding one more loss on a four-game skid. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are looking to snap a three-game losing streak after recently falling 28-14 at Howard. South Carolina State has won the most games between the two teams, leading the all-time series 19-5. The Bulldogs walked away from last year’s game victorious, 31-21 at Dick Price Stadium.

Campbell Camels (4-6, 2-3 Big South) vs. Delaware State Hornets (5-5, 2-3 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 19 • Alumni Stadium • Dover, Del. • 2 p.m.
TV: ESPN+/MEAC Digital Network
Delaware State will welcome non-conference opponent Campbell University to Alumni Stadium, looking to end the season on a high note with the program’s seventh home game of 2022. This will mark the two teams’ first contest on the same field. Last weekend, the Hornets fell 37-7 to Morgan State, the victim of two defensive and two special teams touchdowns. The Camels are looking to end a four-game losing streak after recently falling 42-35 to Gardner-Webb.

About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is in its 52nd year of intercollegiate competition with the 2022-23 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of eight outstanding historically Black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.

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