Alcorn State and Southern Mississippi aren’t in any way traditional college football rivals.
But that hasn’t stopped the back-and-forth banter between players and fans of both schools ahead of their Saturday meeting in Hattiesburg.
Speaking on the Dynamic Discussion Podcast back in February, USM running back Frank Gore, Jr. said he wanted to put a hurting on the Braves.
“We trying to put 70 on them, man,” said Gore, son of former NFL running back Frank Gore.
This prompted an incredulous response from one of the panelists, HB Chris, who said, “They think they have a chance of winning?”
Though the comments are months old, with the Alcorn-USM game looming on the horizon, the podcast video has resurfaced and has sparked a spirited conversation between the two fanbases.
The coaches for the respective teams, Alcorn’s Fred McNair and Southern Mississippi’s Will Hall, were more complimentary of each other as opponents.
During Monday’s SWAC coaches’ press conference, McNair said that USM is a “good quality team” and “Will Hall has done a great job since he’s been there.”
Hall was also pleased with the chance to match up with an in-state foe, saying, “It is awesome. For us, for Alcorn, for our fans, and for our state. We are playing them this year and Mississippi State later in the year, and that is awesome for the state of Mississippi in every way. I love Southern Miss the most, but I love this state. I am for Mississippi, and it is great us playing each other.”
Southern Mississippi and Alcorn have faced off three times, with the Eagles claiming victory in all three matchups, with the most recent taking place in 2019, which was a 38-10 win for USM.