Lion Football 2022 Week 11 Preview: VS. Tennessee State

Our Final Preview capsule for the 2022 season will feature a truly interesting program that we match up against. The Tennessee State Tigers are a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and the traditions that HBCU’s have are some of the coolest things in all of College Football. The Marching Bands, the fraternity and sorority social scenes, and perhaps the best thing is the pride that the alums of that school take along with them well after they graduate. HBCU’s are incredibly important in the American higher educational system and certainly to the Black and African American Community in the country. I remember talking to a former work colleague of mine who graduated from Prairie View A&M. He told me had the chances to go to Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, but he chose PVAM. I’ll never forget what he told me. “My parents went there, as did my Grandfather and Grandmother, and the very soil that it sits on was tilled by my ancestors before them. They did it for me, and I don’t want the tradition to die.” Talk about poetic.

Wow, I love that attitude. Let’s take a look at the basics-

When: Saturday, November 19, 2 PM

Where: The Hawk, Commerce, TX

TSU Mascot: Tigers

Enrollment: 8,100

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Distance from Commerce: 605 Miles

Conference: Ohio Valley Conference

2021 Record: 5-6

Coach: Eddie George, Second Season, 5-6 overall.

Overview: First, Tennessee State has a rich tradition and a high winning percentage. They play their home games in an NFL Stadium that they share with the Tennessee Titans, and have won 11 Black College National Championships. They made the FCS playoff last in 2013, going to the second round and in 1973, won the first NCAA Division II National Championship. When they were members of the old Midwestern Conference, they won that conference 14 times, but have only won two Ohio Valley Conference championships, the last one coming in 1999. As far as the program goes, they have not had a winning season since 2017, when they went 6-5. The Eddie George mentioned right above this paragraph is THE Eddie George, the great Running Back for the Tennessee Titans. He is only 48 so he has a great career ahead of him. TSU plays a lot of other HBCU’s in addition to their Ohio Valley foes, but having this game at The Hawk will be very interesting because we could be looking at wrapping up either a very promising and rewarding season or a tough and challenging one. It will also be the final game for Seniors that have been a part of a history making team at home. The fact that we will be playing the Saturday before Thanksgiving makes me very excited about the upcoming season.

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