By: Anthony Caruso lll
On Saturday afternoon, the Grambling State Tigers and the North Carolina A&T Aggies will face off in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl. The game will kick off at 12 noon at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
This game is the historically Black College’s National Championship game. It is also the only Bowl game of the Bowl season that features two FCS schools.
This will be the eighth meeting between the two teams. Grambling State leads the series with a 4-3 advantage; however, the Aggies won the last two in 1991 and 1996.
The Tigers come into this contest with an 11-1 record. They are on an 11-game after losing the season-opener to the Tulane Green Wave.
They are also 7-0 in the SWAC.
The Aggies come into the contest with an 11-0 record. They have not lost since November 26th, 2016 when they lost 39-10 to the Richmond Spiders in the NCAA FCS playoffs.
They are also 8-0 in the MEAC. With a win, they’ll be the first team in school history to finish with an undefeated record since 1943 when the team went 7-0. And the third overall, as they went 8-0 in 1924.
North Carolina A&T has a lot on the line in this game. If they win, they become the first MEAC team to ever finish the season with an undefeated record.
In addition, they will break the school record for wins with 12. The previous record was 11 in 1999.
Also, A&T will be the first HBCU school to finish undefeated and untied on the FCS level.
Grambling State is 31-5 since the 2015 season. North Carolina A&T is 30-5.
North Carolina A&T is averaging 36.4 points per game. They are giving up 12.3 points per game.
Grambling State is averaging 32.67 points per game. They are giving up 20.42 points per game.
DeVante Kincade, a former Ole Miss Rebels transfer, has gone 198 of 332 for 2,680 passing yards. He also has 21 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Martez Carter leads the rushing attack with 842 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Darrell Clark leads the receivers with 489 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Lamar Reynard, the Aggies quarterback, has gone 186 of 285 for 2,707 passing yards. He also has 26 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Marquell Cartwright leads the rushing attack with 1,112 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Elijah Bell leads the receivers with 858 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.