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2018 Alcorn State Braves football team

The 2018 Alcorn State Braves football team represented Alcorn State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Braves were led by third-year head coach Fred McNair and played their home games at Jack Spinks Stadium. They were members of the East Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

2018 Alcorn State Braves football
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SWAC East Division champion
SWAC champion
Celebration Bowl, L 22–24 vs. NC A&T
ConferenceSouthwestern Athletic Conference
DivisionEast Division
2018 record9–4 (6–1 SWAC)
Head coachFred McNair (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorRyan Stanchek (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorCedric Thornton (1st as DC; 3rd overall season)
Home stadiumJack Spinks Stadium
(Capacity: 22,500)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Alcorn State x$   6 1         9 3  
Alabama A&M   5 2         6 5  
Jackson State   4 3         5 5  
Alabama State   3 4         4 7  
Mississippi Valley State   1 6         1 10  
West Division
Southern xy   6 1         7 4  
Grambling State   4 3         6 5  
Prairie View A&M   4 3         5 6  
Texas Southern   1 6         2 9  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   1 6         2 9  
Championship: Alcorn State 37, Southern 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Braves finished the 2017 season 7–5, 5–2 in SWAC play to win the East Division. They lost the SWAC Championship Game to Grambling State.

PreseasonEdit

SWAC football media dayEdit

During the SWAC football media day held in Birmingham, Alabama on July 13, 2018, the Braves were predicted to win the East Division.[1]

Media pollEdit

East Division
Predicted finish team Votes
1 Alcorn State 95
2 Alabama State 72
3 Jackson State 55
4 Alabama A&M 51
5 Mississippi Valley State 27

Presason All-SWAC TeamEdit

The Braves had 10 players at 11 positions selected to Preseason All-SWAC Teams which was the second most behind Grambling State's 15. Running back P.J. Simmons was also selected as the preseason offensive player of the year.


Award watch listsEdit

Award Player Position Year
Walter Payton Award[2] P.J. Simmons RB SR

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 111:30 a.m.at Georgia Tech*ACCRSNL 0–4139,719
September 86:00 p.m.Louisiana College*W 78–04,521
September 156:00 p.m.Texas Southern*
  • Jack Spinks Stadium
  • Lorman, MS
W 27–1514,563
September 226:00 p.m.at Mississippi Valley StateW 56–20N/A
September 296:00 p.m.at SouthernW 20–319,412
October 62:00 p.m.Alabama State 
  • Jack Spinks Stadium
  • Lorman, MS
L 25–28 5OT19,445
October 132:00 p.m.at Alabama A&MW 35–2619,126
October 202:00 p.m.Grambling State
  • Jack Spinks Stadium
  • Lorman, MS
ESPN3W 33–2610,610
October 272:00 p.m.at Prairie View A&MW 27–1314,250
November 33:00 p.m.at New Mexico State*L 42–5211,897
November 172:00 p.m.Jackson State
  • Jack Spinks Stadium
  • Lorman, MS
W 24–321,312
December 13:30 p.m.Southern
ESPNUW 37–2820,652
December 1511:00 a.m.vs. No. 11 North Carolina A&T*ABCL 22–2431,672
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Despite also being a member of the SWAC, the game vs Texas Southern will be considered a non conference game and will have no effect on the SWAC standings.

Game summariesEdit

at Georgia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Braves 0 0 0 0 0
Yellow Jackets 7 13 21 0 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2015 GT, 69–6

Louisiana CollegeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 0 0 0
Braves 27 24 14 13 78
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2015 ALCORN, 52–10

Texas SouthernEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 0 7 8 15
Braves 14 13 0 0 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–20–4 2017 ALCORN, 24–17

at Mississippi Valley StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Braves 10 17 14 15 56
Delta Devils 7 0 7 6 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
46–16–1 2017 ALCORN, 59–0

at SouthernEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Braves 0 3 14 3 20
Jaguars 0 0 3 0 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–32–4 2017 ALCORN, 48–31

Alabama StateEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Hornets 14 0 0 014 28
Braves 7 0 0 711 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–22–1 2017 ALCORN, 24–10

at Alabama A&MEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Braves 3 7 22 3 35
Bulldogs 3 7 8 8 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–16–1 2017 ALCORN, 47–22

Grambling StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 13 0 10 3 26
Braves 7 16 0 10 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–48–1 2017 SWAC Champ game GRAM, 40–32

at Prairie View A&MEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Braves 10 10 0 7 27
Panthers 10 0 0 3 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
41–19 2017 ALCORN, 34–21

at New Mexico StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Braves 7 7 7 21 42
Aggies 14 21 3 14 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2008 NMSU, 45–10

Jackson StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0
Braves 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–44–2 2017 JSU, 7–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.swac.org/news/2018/7/11/swac-football-all-conference-preseason-teams-released.aspx
  2. ^ "FCS football: 2018 Walter Payton Award watch list". August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.