Historically black colleges and universities are known for good football games regardless of a loss or win. You have tailgates that are unmatched with good food, good vibes, and good times. Homecoming season is an all-time peak for HBCU’s as all alumni come out to mingle with each other and show school spirit leading up to the game. This past Saturday, December 18th, was the Celebration Bowl between Jackson State University and South Carolina State University. JSU was hyped by proud alum as they knew JSU would blow out SC State. South Carolina was the underdogs who weren’t predicted to win at all. JSU scored a touchdown immediately in the first quarter with SC State looking concerned. However, the game was on once SCSU scored right after. Even though the game was considered a “blowout” with South Carolina dominating over JSU 31-10, it was still a great game and a great day for HBCU’s. This game was the most talked-about game for the week. It was held at the Mercedes Benz Stadium with almost 50,000 people. NFL games are great, but there is nothing like going to a good college football game.
Ninety-nine percent of those who attended the game were African-American and according to some fans, it’s nice to be able to come together outside of Homecoming and just enjoy. The overall presentation of the game was amazing. The late rapper, Pop Smoke poured through the speakers with the lights flickering to each beat. You had alum, the bands, Greeks, and other fans dance together and enjoy this awesome game. You could feel the positive energy and love throughout the stadium. The rain over the weekend was very unfortunate but that didn’t stop the fans from traveling all over to come together for the game. South Carolina State took home the trophy and was the champs that night. Jackson State went home a little quieter than expected however, fans from both sides greeted each other, took all kinds of photos to refer back to, and had an overall wonderful time at the Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Featured Image by SCSU Alum, Rashad Pinckney