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 

SWAC East

  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

SWAC West

  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.

Follow the SWAC
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2021 Spring SWAC Schedule

DateEventTimeVenueMatch Day
Jackson State 53, Edward Waters 0
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
Jackson, MS
Southern at Alabama State
ASU Stadium
Montgomery, AL
Jackson State at Grambling State
Eddie Robinson Stadium
Grambling, LA
Alabama A&M at Mississippi Valley State
Rice-Totten Stadium
Itta Bena, MS
Texas Southern at Prairie View A&M
Panther Stadium
Prairie View, TX
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Southern
A.W. Mumford Stadium
Baton Rouge, LA
Grambling State vs. Prairie View A&M (State Fair Classic)
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, TX
Mississippi Valley State at Jackson State
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
Jackson, MS
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Grambling State
Eddie Robinson Stadium
Grambling, LA
Alabama A&M at Prairie View A&M
Panther Stadium
Prairie View, TX
Jackson State at Alabama State
ASU Stadium
Montgomery, AL
Southern at Texas Southern
Houston, TX
Alabama State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Simmons Bank Field
Pine Bluff, AR
Prairie View A&M at Jackson State
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
Jackson, MS
Grambling State at Alabama A&M
Louis Crews Stadium
Huntsville, AL
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Mississippi Valley State
Rice-Totten Stadium
Itta Bena, MS
Southern at Jackson State
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
Jackson, MS
Grambling State at Texas Southern
Houston, TX
Alabama A&M at Jackson State
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
Jackson, MS
Southern at Prairie View A&M
Panther Stadium
Prairie View, TX
Mississippi Valley State at Alabama State
ASU Stadium
Montgomery, AL
Grambling State vs. Southern (Bayou Classic)
Independence Stadium
Shreveport, LA
Prairie View A&M at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Simmons Bank Field
Pine Bluff, AR
Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern
Houston, TX
Alabama AM vs. Alabama State (Magic City Classic)
Legion Field
Birmingham, AL
Texas Southern at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Simmons Bank Field
Pine Bluff, AR

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