Watch Celebration Bowl 2017: Grambling State vs NC A&T Live Stream Online Start Time, Live Update, Schedule, Odds, Preview, Prediction. The 2017 bowl season starts with a bang courtesy of a high-profile showdown between the Grambling State Tigers and North Carolina A&T Aggies in the Celebration Bowl.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, couldn’t have asked for a more prolific FCS showdown as top-tier quarterbacks and teams riding 11-game winning streaks collide.
Though the Tigers and Aggies haven’t met on the field since 1996, both teams have won the new Celebration Bowl as it heads into its third year. Grambling State, coming out of winning the SWAC, will seek to continue a strong run; while North Carolina A&T, MEAC champions, will continue the pursuit of respect on a national level.
The Tigers want to start something akin to a dynasty.
A year ago, Grambling took home a 10-9 victory against North Carolina Central to win this bowl game, gaining a bit of momentum they’ve carried into 2017 throughout the course of the year.
After a season-opening loss to Tulane, the Tigers have ripped off 11 consecutive wins, most recently taking down the seven-win Southern Jaguars and Alcorn State Braves.
However, to keep the streak going and make it two bowl triumphs in a row, the Tigers need to overcome what head coach Broderick Fobbs sees as a respectable opponent, according to Cory Diaz of the News-Star.
“One thing I can honestly say that Aggie pride is real,” he said. “You’re talking about two storied programs, understanding putting football in its rightful place and giving it what it needs in order to be successful.”
Much of the task falls on the arm of quarterback DeVante Kincade, who boasts 2,680 passing yards and 21 touchdowns against three interceptions. He will look to make life easier for his defense against a potent opponent, though linebacker De’Arius Christmas is the SWAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Still, repeating is a tall task given the potency of NC A&T’s offense and the size of the chip on its shoulder.