This upset is easily the most significant of the three from the previous weekend for several reasons.
Alabama State is the only Division I team on the wrong end of the upset losses that finished with a winning record last season.
In addition, the Hornets were tabbed as a favorite to compete with Florida A&M and Jackson State for the SWAC East division crown.
Last but not least, not only did Miles finish last season with a 1-9 record, but the Golden Bears have been on the doorstep of upsetting Alabama State in their last two meetings.
Each of their last two meetings was decided by single-digits, including an overtime matchup in 2021 and a game last season in which the Golden Bears nearly came back from down 21 points, scoring 13 unanswered in the second half.
3. Benedict is off to a dominant start
Coming off a historic 2022 season in which they claimed their first-ever SIAC conference championship, the Benedict Tigers have shown absolutely no signs of slowing down.
Not only are the Tigers unblemished on the record, winning each of their first two contests of the season, but they are also unblemished on the scoreboard.
Benedict has shut out each of its first two opponents of the year, including a 34-0 win over Edward Waters this weekend.
They are the only team in all of Division II football that has not given up a single point and one of two teams yet to give up a touchdown.
The Tigers’ defense has not only prevented the opponent from scoring; they have not allowed teams to move the ball downfield.
They rank second in the country in offensive yards allowed per game (119.0), fifth in third down conversion percentage allowed (.125)
4. Killer Turnovers
In the many close games that took place this weekend, in one way or another, turnovers were the deciding factor.
As previously mentioned, Morgan State fell short of a win over Akron, thanks in part to a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the final minute.
Bowie State committed five turnovers in its loss against Davenport, including an interception in the final seconds, which sealed the team’s fate.
Johnson C. Smith somehow went down to the wire in a contest against Walsh despite committing six turnovers through three quarters (including four in the first quarter). However, an interception with 1:14 remaining sealed a 14-9 loss for the Golden Bulls.
On a positive note, however, Norfolk State cemented its first win of the season against Hampton with an interception in the final two minutes.
5. West Virginia State gets over a hump
The West Virginia State Yellow Jackets got its first win of the season, overcoming an 11-point first-quarter deficit to defeat UNC Pembroke 37-35.
This marked the first win in school history for West Virginia State against UNC Pembroke. Not only had WVSU lost its previous five meetings against Pembroke, but they weren’t even close.
They lost the previous five outings by an average margin of 21 points, allowing over 40 points in four of the five games.
The 37 points scored in this year’s matchup equals the amount of points the Yellow Jackets scored in each of the two prior contests combined.
As a footnote, the final score was a bit ironic for the Yellow Jackets as they were on the wrong side of a 37-35 score in their season opener against Morehead State.