By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
Grambling and Prairie View head into today's State Farm Classic in Dallas looking to be a little more defensive about things.
Prairie View opened the season by only allowing 11 points in their win over Texas Southern, but the wheels fell off as they gave up 63 in a rout by Texas State and 49 in a thrilling win over Alabama A&M last week.
Defense has been an issue for Grambling as well, as the Tigers gave up a whopping 73 to California and 56 to Bethune-Cookman. In their first win of the season last week, they pulled it together, shutting down Alabama A&M 34-10 win.
Brandon Fobbs, the Tigers head coach, told the Shreveport Times that he was happy with that effort and hopes it continues.
"I think our defensive coordinator, coach Everett Todd, does a great job and the defensive staff did a really good job of putting a game plan together and executing the plan for the most part. I thought they really played well and did a really good job against the run and also played well in the passing game.
"I firmly believe opponents will test us," he said. "It's up to us to make sure we put the plan together and get stops and get off the field."
Here is the rest of today's HBCU football schedule:
Howard vs. Morgan State (Chicago Football Classic, Chicago, Ill.)
Savannah State at Bethune-Cookman
Hampton at Norfolk State
Tennessee State at Florida A&M
Albany State at Delta State
Tuskegee at Lane
Clark Atlanta at West Georgia
Central State vs. Kentucky State (Circle City Classic, Indianapolis, Ind.)
Morehouse at Miles
Benedict at Fort Valley State
Southern at Georgia
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama A&M
Concordia (Ala.) at Alcorn State
Alabama State at Mississippi Valley State
Texas Southern at Jackson State
Fayetteville State at Virginia State
Johnson C. Smith at Virginia Union
St. Augustine's at Chowan
Winston-Salem State at Elizabeth City State
Shaw at Lincoln (Pa)
Livingstone at Bowie State
Kutztown at Cheyney
McMurray at Lansgston
Truman State at Lincoln (Mo)
Charleston at West Virginia State