MEAC/SWAC Challenge Preview & Predictions: Jackson State vs. South Carolina State

Will Jackson State remain a dominant force without Coach Prime in the SWAC?

Jackson State is coming off a hectic offseason with the departure of former head coach, Primetime, Deion Sanders after accepting a head coaching position at Colorado.  

In 3 seasons, Coach Prime led the Tigers to a 27-6 record and back-to-back bowl game appearances in 2021 and 2022. 

The standard remains the same with T.C Taylor taking over the head coaching position.  

“Everyone keeps asking me if I feel pressure, I don’t believe in pressure, I believe in preparation. I prepared this football team to the best of my ability and go out there and do the right things come gametime.” Taylor said via Black Enterprise. 

Taylor took over the realm as head coach following the conclusion of the Celebration Bowl last season.

North Carolina Central outlasted the Tigers in overtime 41-34 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

Taylor has been a part of the coaching staff since 2019, playing a significant role in the success of the Tigers over the past 2 years coaching the tight ends and wide receivers. 

Taylor looks to put the world on notice this season starting with South Carolina State in the MEAC vs. SWAC Challenge Saturday August 26th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on ABC. 

Jackson State is the clear favorite coming into the MEAC/SWAC challenge.

With many returners coming back to Jackson State, it’s clear what brand of football they wish to uphold to win football games. 

South Carolina State anticipates to shine on the big stage against Jackson State no matter the critics.  

Head Coach Oliver “Buddy” Pugh  is coming off a disappointing season finishing 3-8, last in the MEAC.

Pugh is excited to start his 22nd season with the Bulldogs with a lot to prove.

“It’s a new season, we weren’t all that great last year. The last good thing to happen to South Carolina State was the last time we played Jackson State in the Celebration Bowl in 2021 and came out with the win. We look forward to getting started with a bang this 2023 season.”  Pugh said via Black Enterprise.

It’s going to take a full 22 man effort to pull an upset against Jackson State in the MEAC/SWAC challenge.

Jackson State vs. South Carolina State kicks off the first game of the season; all eyes will be on Mercedes-Benz Stadium on ABC.

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