SWAC Announces Spring 2021 Football Predicted Order of Finish

Alcorn State running back Jonathon Bolton shows off the 2019 SWAC championship ring he and his teammates received at a ceremony Tuesday at Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium in Lorman. (Alcorn State Sports Information)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced its preseason football poll during the Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Virtual Media Day on Thursday with the Alcorn State Braves and Southern Jaguars tabbed to once again win their respective divisions.

Alcorn State will look to claim its seventh consecutive divisional title during what will mark the Braves’ final season competing in the SWAC East division. Last season Alcorn State won its fourth league championship in six seasons with a 39-24 win over Southern. Alabama A&M was picked to finish second in the division followed by Alabama State, Jackson State, and Mississippi Valley State.

In the SWAC West division the Southern Jaguars will seek their third consecutive divisional title and also look to capture their first league championship since 2013. Grambling State, which claimed league titles in 2016 and 2017 was tabbed to finish second followed by Prairie View A&M, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and Texas Southern.

The upcoming season is slated to kickoff next month and features a six game league slate highlighted by four games against division opponents and two games against non-division opponents. The season will culminate with the Cricket Wireless SWAC Championship Game. The game is scheduled to be played on Saturday, May 1.

Predicted Order of Finish 


  1. Alcorn State 93 (14)
  2. Alabama A&M 77 (4)
  3. Alabama State 63 (1)
  4. Jackson State 60 (1)
  5. Mississippi Valley State 37


  1. Southern 90 (14)
  2. Grambling State 86 (4)
  3. Prairie View A&M 67 (2)
  4. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 46
  5. Texas Southern 31

 (1st Place Votes)

About the SWAC
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams.

Current championship competition offered by the league includes competition for men in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Tennis.

Women’s competition is offered in the sports of Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.

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2021 Spring SWAC Schedule

DateEventVenueMatch Day TV/Streaming
Jackson State 53, Edward Waters 0
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
Jackson, MS -
Southern 24, Alabama State 21
ASU Stadium
Montgomery, AL -
Jackson State 33, Grambling State 28
Eddie Robinson Stadium
Grambling, LA -
Alabama A&M 31, South Carolina State 7
Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
Orangeburg, SC -
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 33, Southern 30
A.W. Mumford Stadium
Baton Rouge, LA -
Prairie View A&M 20, Texas Southern 19 (Labor Day Classic)
Panther Stadium
Prairie View, TX -
Prairie View A&M 17, Grambling State 10 (State Fair Classic)
Globe Life Park
Arlington, TX -
Jackson State 43, Mississippi Valley State 7
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
Jackson, MS -
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 48, Grambling State 21
Eddie Robinson Stadium
Grambling, LA -
Alabama State 35, Jackson State 28
ASU Stadium
Montgomery, AL -
Southern 51, Texas Southern 23
BBVA Stadium
Houston, TX -
South Carolina State at Alabama State
Cramton Bowl
Montgomery, AL -
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 24, Mississippi Valley State 17
Rice-Totten Stadium
Itta Bena, MS -
Southern 34, Jackson State 14
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
Jackson, MS -
Alabama A&M 52, Jackson State 43
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
Jackson, MS -
Alabama State 42, Mississippi Valley State 17
ASU Stadium
Montgomery, AL -
Southern 49, Grambling State 7 (Bayou Classic)
Independence Stadium
Shreveport, LA -
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 36, Prairie View A&M 31
Simmons Bank Field
Pine Bluff, AR -
Alabama A&M 38, Alabama State 14 (Magic City Classic)
Legion Field
Birmingham, AL -
Alabama A&M 40, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 33 (SWAC Championship Game)
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
Jackson, MS -

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