Break a bowl record & score 3 times definitely gives you the right to break it down & show everyone how you celebrate at the @CelebrationBowl @shaqdavis_1‼️‼️
Way to ball out and represent the #PalmettoState. Next up @DancingABC 🤷♂️?#YouGotOurVote ✅ #PalmettoStateBallers 🏈 https://t.co/rYJ7UYidrZ
— Southern Sports Central Radio Network™ (@SoSportsCentral) December 18, 2021
They’re claiming because they beat South Carolina State 30-7 in their matchup and Jackson State lost to the Bulldogs 31-10 on Saturday. But the caveat they failed to mention was that the Tigers beat them 7-6 in the Orange Blossom Classic.
— Florida A&M Football 🏈 (@FAMU_FB) December 19, 2021
FAMU Says We Played In Playoffs And That Carries Weight
Since the inception of the Cricket Celebration Bowl in 2015 through 2018, the winner of that game has been recognized as the HBCU national champion. This year that’s the SCSU Bulldogs. But NCAA.com ranked the Rattlers No. 1 in its final power rankings.
In 2019, FAMU was on probation and couldn’t participate after they’d beaten eventual Cricket Bowl Champion North Carolina A&T 34-31 during the regular season.
Rattlers head coach Willie Simmons was asked his opinion about where his team ranks and he was biased as expected.
“In 2019, it was a similar situation. The team that won the Celebration Bowl was the team we beat in the regular season.” Simmons told reporters. “I know the Celebration Bowl is dubbed as the Black College National Championship. But if you look at the season from week 1 to 13, we were the best team in Black college football.”
The Rattlers were also the only HBCU to receive an invite to participate in this year’s FCS playoffs. So in their opinion that should count for something as well.
— Married 2 the Game (@married2game1) December 18, 2021
For the Rattlers to claim they’re the national champions is awkward, considering they lost to Jackson State but beat South Carolina State.
All three HBCU programs had great seasons. Jackson State posted it’s first 11-win season in program history. Head coach Deion Sanders won the Eddie Robinson Award. Freshman quarterback Shedeur Sanders was named SWAC Freshman of the Year and he won the Jerry Rice Award.
South Carolina State started the season 1-4 and won six of their final seven games to finish 7-5 and 2021 Celebration Bowl champions. It was also a coming-out party for wide receiver Shaq Davis, who made himself some NFL money with his three-touchdown performance in Atlanta on Saturday.
The FAMU Rattlers finished the regular season on an eight-game win streak before a loss in the FCS playoffs. Coach Willie Simmons will have a loaded roster returning next season, and if MEAC DPOY Isaiah Land returns they’ll be downright dominant on the defensive side of the ball.
🚨 𝗜𝘀𝗮𝗶𝗮𝗵 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼!🚨
Land is one of three to receive an invitation to Frisco for the Jan. 7 announcement of the 2021 @FCS_STATS Buck Buchanan Award (FCS National DPOY).
— Florida A&M Football 🏈 (@FAMU_FB) December 8, 2021
In all, this is a great thing for HBCUs and football, as it brings more visibility and notoriety to the sport and the different programs as a whole.
The 2022 HBCU football season could be another one for the ages when you consider the deep pool of returning and incoming talent at various positions on the gridiron.
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