After more than a full month on the road, the 17th ranked (SportsNetwork) Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats will entertain a two game homestand at Municipal Stadium beginning this week with Savannah State University, following with a homecoming contest against South Carolina State. In the previous four road games, the Cats (5-1, 2-0 MEAC) have gone 3-1, their only setback coming to fifth ranked Florida State, 54-6. Also in that time, the Wildcats made history, scoring their first win in school history over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent with a 34-13 drubbing of Florida International. Last Saturday, the Wildcats were able to use a balanced attack to defeat a pesky Howard Bison team, 27-6 in Washington, D.C.
B-CU now turns its attention to the Tigers of Savannah State (1-6, 0-3 MEAC), who are coming off a 27-14 loss to Florida A&M which saw SSU give up 21 unanswered points in the first half and never be able to recover. While the Tigers are looking to pull the huge upset en route to its first conference win of the season, the Wildcats are looking to avoid the proverbial “trap game” as next week’s homecoming showdown against South Carolina State is already being billed as the game that will decide the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship. According to Savannah State head coach, Ernest Wilson, he is not expecting the Wildcats to take his Tigers lightly.
“Coach Jenkins has done a great job at Bethune-Cookman since the day he got there, Wilson said. He’s not only prepared them on the conference level, but has prepared them to be a national contender as he scored an upset against FIU this year. We just have to put it all together in order to be able to beat a championship team like them.”
This weekend’s game is being billed as the Biker’s Classic, in conjunction with Daytona Beach’s annual Biketoberfest event where tens of thousands of bikers descend on the Central Florida city for a week of festivities. Game time for Saturday’s game is 4pm and tickets can be purchased by logging onto Ticketmaster.