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2015 Alcorn State Braves football team

The 2015 Alcorn State Braves football team represented Alcorn State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Braves were led by fourth-year head coach Jay Hopson and played their home games at Casem-Spinks Stadium. They were a member of the East Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and finished with a record of 9–4 as SWAC champions after they defeated Grambling State in the SWAC Championship Game. Alcorn State then played in the Celebration Bowl against North Carolina A&T, losing by a score of 41–34.

2015 Alcorn State Braves football
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SWAC champion
SWAC East Division champion
ConferenceSouthwestern Athletic Conference
DivisionEast Division
2015 record9–4 (7–2 SWAC)
Head coachJay Hopson (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorTony Pecoraro (4th season)
Home stadiumCasem-Spinks Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Alcorn State xy$   7 2         9 4  
Alabama State*   5 4         6 5  
Alabama A&M   3 6         3 8  
Jackson State   3 6         3 8  
Mississippi Valley State   1 8         1 10  
West
#24 Grambling State xy   9 0         9 3  
Prairie View A&M   8 1         8 2  
Southern   6 3         6 5  
Texas Southern   2 7         3 7  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   1 8         2 9  
Championship: Alcorn State 49, Grambling State 21
December 5, 2015
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama State ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

On January 30, 2016, head coach Jay Hopson resigned to become the head coach at Southern Miss.[1] He finished at Alcorn State with a record of 32–17 and two SWAC championships.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 37:30 PMat No. 16 (FBS) Georgia Tech*RSNL 6–6949,196
September 126:00 PMat Alabama StateW 31–148,380
September 194:00 PMMississippi Valley StateW 55–147,415
September 262:00 PMConcordia (AL)
  • Casem-Spinks Stadium
  • Lorman, MS
W 40–75,993
October 34:00 PMat Arkansas–Pine BluffW 61–1432,580
October 172:00 PMGrambling State 
  • Casem-Spinks Stadium
  • Lorman, MS
L 34–35 OT30,129
October 314:00 PMat SouthernCSTW 48–78,112
November 72:00 PMPrairie View A&M
  • Casem-Spinks Stadium
  • Lorman, MS
L 34–405,239
November 141:00 PMat Texas SouthernRTSW*W 65–132,145
November 212:00 PMAlabama A&M
  • Casem-Spinks Stadium
  • Lorman, MS
W 44–102,194
November 282:00 PMat Jackson StateW 14–1023,101
December 53:00 PMvs. No. 21 Grambling StateESPNUW 49–2140,352
December 1912:00 PMvs. No. 22 North Carolina A&T*ABCL 34–4135,528
* Games will air on a tape delayed basis

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV NR RV RV RV

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