Who: Alcorn State vs. Grambling

Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas


When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m. (CT)

TV: ESPNU

Alcorn State (7-4, 5-2 SWAC) and Grambling State (10-1, 7-0 SWAC) will be squaring off in Saturday’s SWAC championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston for the sixth time in three years.

The Braves, winners of the championship game in 2014 and 2015, will be making an unprecedented fourth-consecutive SWAC championship game appearance and will be seeking their third title in four seasons.

Grambling, the defending conference champion, will be participating in its 10th conference championship game, the most appearances of any SWAC team.

When the two teams met back on Oct. 21 in Grambling, La., the Tigers won that game convincingly, 44-21. It was a contest that resulted in the Braves committing seven turnovers against a GSU team that’s currently ranked No. 2 in FCS in turnover margin.

Statistics will likely mean nothing when the two teams face-off Saturday at 3:30 p.m., but with both teams completing an 11-game regular season schedule, the data could give us some insight on what we could experience during the game.

Below, we’ve provided some data (via the SWAC’s website) to see how both teams stack up statistically within critical categories heading into the final conference championship game. Line items in bold print indicate the team with the statistical advantage and even denotes where both teams rank respectfully among other SWAC teams.

Scoring Offense

Conf. Rank Points Avg/G
1 Grambling 352 32
2 Alcorn 340 30.9

Total Offense

Conf. Rank Yards Avg/G
1 Alcorn 5034 457.6
4 Grambling 4000 363.6

Rushing Offense

Conf. Rank Yards Yards/G
1 Alcorn 2654 241.3
5 Grambling 1541 140.1

Pass Offense

Conf. Rank Yards Avg/G
3 Grambling 2459 223.5
4 Alcorn 2380 216.4

Pass Efficiency

Conf. Rank Effic.
1 Grambling 138.5
2 Alcorn 133.6

Scoring Defense

Conf. Rank Points Avg/G
2 Grambling 213 19.4
3 Alcorn 221 20.1

Total Defense

Conf. Rank Yards Avg/G
3 Grambling 3486 316.9
6 Alcorn 3844 349.5

Rushing Defense

Conf. Rank Yards Yards/G
1 Grambling 1034 94
3 Alcorn 1426 129.6

Pass Defense

Conf. Rank Yards Avg/G
6 Alcorn 2418 219.8
7 Grambling 2452 222.9

Interceptions

Conf. Rank No. Yards
1 Grambling 16 148
4 Alcorn 9 144

Sacks By

Conf. Rank No. Yards
1 Grambling 41 267
4 Alcorn 25 154

Sacks Against

Conf. Rank No. Yards
2 Alcorn 20 124
5 Grambling 27 196

Penalties 

Conf. Rank No. Yards Avg/G
7 Grambling 107 928 84.4
10 Alcorn 129 1246 113.3

Turnover Margin

Conf. Rank Gained Lost Margin Per/G
1 Grambling 29 8 +21 1.91
5 Alcorn 18 18 +0 0

About The Author

Kenn Rashad
Founding Editor & Publisher

Founding Editor & Publisher of HBCU Sports and a graduate of Grambling State University.

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