Alabama State Hornets: Looking At The Coming Up Season

The Alabama State Hornets weren’t favored to do much in 2019, but they pulled out some surprises last season. Sure the Hornets ended up with a record of 5-6, but they played close games, tough games, and showed improvements in 2019. I personally had them at 6-5 last year, but their chance at a winning record came down to the final game on the schedule. It didn’t go the way the Alabama State Hornets hoped, but the 2020 football season looks somewhat bright. Let’s take a look at the coming up season for the Alabama State Hornets.

The 2020 Alabama State Hornets Football Schedule

Week One versus Tuskegee Golden Tigers

The Alabama State Hornets start the year at home against Tuskegee on September 5th. In 2019, Alabama State beat the Golden Tigers 38-31 in week two for their first win. Quarterback Kha’Darris Davis led the way in the win for Alabama State with 347 passing yards and 4 touchdown passes. In 2020 a win for the Hornets against Tuskegee looks possible as well.

Week Two at Texas Tech Red Raiders

On the road in Lubbock, Texas against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, the Alabama State Hornets have little chance at winning. Alabama State fought hard in week one last year against out of conference opponent the UAB Blazers, but Texas Tech will be better. Don’t look for the Hornets to keep it close and most likely the Red Raiders come away with an easy win.

Week Three at Kennesaw State Owls

The Alabama State Hornets look to improve from their 2019 game against Kennesaw State in week three. The Owls ran the ball 64 times for 481 yards and five touchdowns en route to a 42-7 win over the Hornets. Alabama State will look to work on run defense this time around, but the Alabama State Hornets most likely won’t win this one against the Kennesaw State Owls.

Week Four versus Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils

Alabama State recorded its first shutout since 2012 last season against Mississippi Valley State winning 27-0. In 2020 the Alabama State Hornets will look to use this game to possibly keep them at an even win and loss record. The Hornets could come into this game 1-2 if they lose to Texas Tech and Kennesaw State.

Week Five at Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions

The Alabama State Hornets didn’t play the Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions in 2019, but this will be a pivotal game on the 2020 schedule for both teams. This game can be a toss-up for who wins it because the Hornets went 5-6 in 2019 and the Golden Lions went 6-5. This will be a must-win for both squads if they want a winning record in 2020.

Week Six versus Southern Jaguars

Alabama State didn’t play the Southern Jaguars in 2019, but Southern was pretty good. The Jaguars went 8-5 making it to the SWAC Championship game. Southern would lose 39-24 to Alcorn State, but they will still be good in 2020 and most likely beat the Alabama State Hornets. This will be another rough week in 2020 for Alabama State.

Week Seven at Grambling State Tigers

The Hornets beat Grambling State 23-20 in 2019, but the Tigers finished with a 6-5 record. This game will be close in 2020 and a toss-up as to who wins the contest. It’s another must-win for both Alabama State and Grambling State.

Week Eight Bye Week

The Alabama State Hornets get a bye week before their rivalry game the Magic City Classic.

Week Nine versus Alabama A&M Bulldogs

The Magic City Classic should be great as always. The Alabama State Hornets and Alabama A&M Bulldogs will keep it a close game just like the 2019 game. The Bulldogs won 43-41 in overtime against the Hornets. This time I could see Alabama State taking this Magic City Classic win.

Week Ten At Alcorn State Braves

In 2019, the Alabama State Hornets lost to Alcorn State 35-7. The Hornets will look to work hard this year and try to keep it competitive against the Braves. However, Alcorn State seems to have a hold on the SWAC conference. Alabama State will most likely still lose this game in 2020.

Week Eleven versus Jackson State Tigers

The Alabama State Hornets handed Jackson State a 31-16 loss in 2019. In 2020 the Hornets look to do it again. This is one of the winnable games for Alabama State and they will need to win against the Jackson State Tigers.

Week Twelve versus Texas Southern Tigers

Alabama State will look to close out the 2020 college football season at home with a win. Texas Southern went 0-11 in 2019, so the Hornets should win this year’s game. Texas Southern might win a few games, but most likely the Hornets will win this matchup.

Alabama State will have another tough road ahead in 2020 if they want to have a winning season. Last year the Hornets came close but just missed out. This year I believe they get that sixth win and end 2020 with a record of 6-5. The Alabama State Hornets should surprise people again and have some success this year.

How do you think the Alabama State Hornets football team will fair this fall? Leave a comment below.

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