Who: Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T

Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 11:00 a.m. (CT), Noon (ET)

TV: ABC

Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T: It’s the matchup many had hoped to see in last year’s Celebration Bowl, but North Carolina Central had a different agenda when the Eagles thwarted the Tarik Cohen lead Aggies 42-12. The win secured NCCU’s chance to represent the MEAC in a game that eventually resulted in a 10-9 loss to SWAC representative Grambling.

This year, however, the Grambling-North Carolina A&T dream match is a reality.

Saturday’s game will feature the two highest ranked HBCU teams in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

North Carolina A&T (11-0, 8-0 MEAC) is ranked No. 7 in the FCS Coaches Poll, while Grambling State, (12-1, 7-0 SWAC) is currently ranked No. 12.

Both teams are currently on 11-game winning streaks. Both teams are statistical leaders in their respective conferences in just about every statistical category.

But how do both teams matchup statistically against each other?

We’ve gathered some official data from the NCAA website to create a statistical comparison between both teams. Line items in bold print indicate the team with the statistical advantage and even denotes where both teams rank nationally among other FCS teams.

Total Offense

FCS Ranking Yards YPG
22 N.C. A&T 4725 429.5
55 Grambling 4487 373.9

Rushing Offense

FCS Ranking Yards YPG
42 N.C. A&T 1892 172
69 Grambling 1703 141.9

Passing Offense

FCS Ranking Yards YPG
23 N.C. A&T 2833 257.5
40 Grambling 2784 232

Passing Efficiency

FCS Ranking Efficiency
2 N.C. A&T 170.93
25 Grambling 139.96

Scoring Offense

FCS Ranking Points PPG
8 N.C. A&T 473 36.4
22 Grambling 392 32.7

Total Defense

FCS Ranking Yards YPG
4 N.C. A&T 2765 251.4
29 Grambling 3976 331.3

Rushing Defense

FCS Ranking Yards YPG
5 N.C. A&T 874 79.5
12 Grambling 1217 101.4

Passing Yards Allowed

FCS Ranking Yards YPG
17 N.C. A&T 1891 171.9
81 Grambling 2759 229.9

Scoring Defense

FCS Ranking Points PPG
3 N.C. A&T 135 12.3
27 Grambling 245 20.4

Turnover Margin

FCS Ranking Gain Lost Margin Per/G
1 Grambling 31 10 21 1.75
3 N.C. A&T 26 10 16 1.45

Penalties Per Game

FCS Ranking Penalties Per/G Penalty Yards YPG
101 N.C. A&T 87 7.91 774 70.36
116 Grambling 115 9.58 946 78.83

Team Sacks

FCS Ranking Sacks Sack Yards Avg.
1 Grambling 47 319 3.92
8 N.C. A&T 35 226 3.16

Sacks Allowed

FCS Ranking Sacks Sack Yards Avg.
10 N.C. A&T 10 40 0.91
79 Grambling 29 204 2.42


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