Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions at Alabama A&M Bulldogs
College Football: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Alabama A&M Bulldogs -3 -- Over/Under: 61 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions and Alabama A&M Bulldogs meet Saturday in the college football SWAC Championship at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions look for a win to build on their 4-0 record. Skyler Perry is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 1,005 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Josh Wilkes and Tyrin Ralph have combined for 568 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Harry Ballard III has 18 receptions. The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions ground game is averaging 127 yards per contest, and Mattias Clark leads the way with 168 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Arkansas-Pine Bluff is allowing 24.7 points and 363 yards per game. Kolby Watts leads the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions with 29 tackles, Isaac Peppers has 5.5 sacks and Jason Thigpen has four interceptions.
The Alabama A&M Bulldogs also look for a win to build on their 4-0 record. Aqeel Glass is completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 1,084 yards, 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim and Zabrian Moore have combined for 539 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Odieu Hilaire has 13 receptions. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs ground game is averaging 125.3 yards per contest, and Gary Quarles leads the way with 249 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Alabama A&M is allowing 21.3 points and 348.3 yards per game. Armoni Holloway leads the Alabama A&M Bulldogs with 20 tackles, Marcus Cushnie has five sacks and Quantravis Kelly has two interceptions.
You can make a case for either of these teams that have yet to lose this season and have shown promise on both sides of the ball. However, it's fair to say the Alabama A&M Bulldogs have the edge at quarterback and have the better defense with playmakers on all three levels. With neither team great at running the football, the quarterback is likely going to decide this contest. I have more confidence in Glass, who just won SWAC Player of the Year, making enough plays to lead his team to a victory.
I'll lay the field goal with the Bulldogs, as Alabama A&M wins the SWAC Championship.