With the FCS having already played six weeks and Division II five, half of the football season is already over. Each week contenders are starting to emerge while pretenders are slowly being pointed out.
The SWAC's main course came on Thursday night when Alcorn State jumped out to a good start and coasted to a 33-7 win over Alabama State. The win gave Alcorn sole possesion of the SWAC East lead at 5-1, meaning they now control their own destiny on the road to Houston.
Over in the SWAC West, Grambling maintained its lead by defeating Alabama A&M 38-28. The G-Men have now won three straight, a big deal when you realize the once-proud program has only won two games since winning the 2011 SWAC Championship.
As promised, the MEAC's marquee matchup was the Atlanta Football Classic. South Carolina State took advantage of A&T's inexperience at the quarterback position, explointing freshman Hassan Klugh and scoring a 13-0 shutout of its rival. Both teams now stand at 4-2.
Coming into the week, the CIAA's Livingstone was the last undefeated HBCU squad of the season. It is undefeated no more, as Elizabeth City State blew out Livingstone 59-21 to add thee sole blemish to their record. Down the road in Murfreesboro, Winston-Salem State put on an offensive clinic, beating Chowan 77-30. Despite the big offensive day, WSSU managed to fall in the Division II rankings.
With games like Grambling vs. Alcorn on the schedule for Saturday, week 7 looks like another great weekend of HBCU football.