South Carolina State football alumni fans and students can start making their reservations for the Celebration Bowl.
SC State (5-5 overall, 4-0 MEAC) has clinched at least a share of the MEAC title. Norfolk State’s loss to Delaware State means that even if it loses next week’s matchup against NSU, it will — at worst — be tied with North Carolina Central, whom it beat on Oct. 30.
That means that South Carolina State will meet the SWAC winner in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 18. It will be the first trip for SCSU. Only North Carolina A&T (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) and North Carolina Central (2016) have represented the conference against the SWAC.
NC Central’s 45-27 win at Howard on Saturday improved its MEAC record to 3-1. If it beats Delaware State at home in Durham next week it could win a piece of the title. But its 30-27 loss to SC State gives SCSU the head-to-head which would be the first tie-breaker.
Alcorn State, Prairie View, Jackson State and Florida A&M are all SWAC Championship Game scenariosstill in the running to represent the SWAC in the Celebration Bowl.