The Jackson State Tigers under the leadership of Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders are currently 9-0 and have been downright dominant this season. With star quarterback Shedeur Sanders under center and a ballhawking defense that leads the country in yards allowed per play, the belief is it’s a foregone conclusion that they’ll represent the SWAC in this year’s Celebration Bowl. But for Coach Prime that may not be enough, in fact his recent comments state it isn’t enough for his team. The outspoken NFL legend and reigning Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, wants his team to participate in a pre-New Year’s Day bowl game.
During his weekly SWAC zoom conference Sanders had this to say about his comments.
“Why can’t that be us? I’m just saying, why can’t it be us? You’ve got teams that are virtually 6-5 going to a bowl game. Ain’t nobody going to see them play. Ain’t nobody turning the channel to witness the foolishness. But you have us that travels deep, travels heavy.
“Not only that, you have us as a people that when — not if — when one of our schools get selected by one of these wonderful Fortune 500 companies that are title sponsor to a bowl game. We will support collectively.”
While Sanders can say that as it pertains how well JSU travels, he can’t just disregard teams with those 6-5 records he spoke of. One reason why is because they more than like play much stiffer competition, that JSU doesn’t face in the SWAC. Secondly, by playing in the Celebration Bowl, they forgo any other postseason bowl opportunities.
Sanders Says He’d Play In Celebration Bowl Over FCS Playoffs: Bowl Game After?
Last season the Tigers won their first SWAC title since 2007 and accepted the automatic bid to the Celebration Bowl. In it’s place the FCS took FAMU for the playoffs, the Rattlers finished second in the conference behind JSU, by virtue of their 7-6 opening game loss.
Earlier this season Sanders stated that he had no desire to play in the FCS playoffs, but he wouldn’t mind participating in a FBS bowl game. He reaffirmed that during his zoom.
“This is after the the Celebration Bowl. That’s the goal. Let’s get that out of the way. This is after that. This is a pre-New Year’s Day Bowl game that we would love to have an opportunity to play in.”
Things Are Aligning For Matchup With NCCU In Celebration Bowl:
With two games left in the regular season versus Alabama A&M and archrival Alcorn State, things are looking good for the Tigers. While both are road games, the Tigers will be heavy favorites in both, and with those wins they should host the SWAC championship.
As we look ahead things are aligning for Jackson State vs North Carolina Central Celebration Bowl. Which would pit the SWAC’s top defense against the MEAC’s top offense.