|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on NCAAFIt's that season once more, the 86th annual Turkey Day Football Classic occurs at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama this November 24th. In a lively rivalry that goes back many years, the Golden Tigers battle against the Alabama State Hornets. Tuskegee enters into this game with a 4-5 record and a 4-3 record overall in the SWAC East conference. Alabama State enters into competition with a 7-3 record and also a 7-2 record in the SWAC East conference. Reggie Barlow, in his fifth year with an in total record of 26-29 under his watch, will be guiding the Hornets. The Golden Tigers take to the field under Willie Slater who's in his 6th season as Tuskegee head coach with a sterling record of 55-12.
Tuskegee has had an here and there year this season scoring on average 17.6 points per game whilst allowing an average of 18.2 points per game. Considering the last handful of seasons of brilliance winning three straight SIAC championships from 2007 to 2009, Tuskegee's down year is a bit of a shock. Leading the Tuskegee attack behind center is freshman Qb Justin Nared (352 passing yards - 36.9 completion pct - 1 td/ 5 int - 59.1 rating). The running attack is in excellent hands with senior RB DeMario Pippen (105 carries - 537 yards - 4.8 yards per carry - 3 td). He's additionally good on the receiving end (12 catches - 113 yards - 9.4 yards per catch) too. Nared's main target downfield is senior WR Wayne Williams (17 catches - 231 yards - 13.6 yards per catch - 1 touchdown).