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Tuskegee University closing in on SIAC championship

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TUSKEGEE, Ala. — After winning seven consecutive games, the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers are one game away from playing for the SIAC football championship. In their way is the only other team that is undefeated in conference play: the Golden Bears of Miles College.

Tuskegee will play for the SIAC West Division Championship Saturday against the defending SIAC champion, Miles College in Fairfield, Ala. A win could essentially add two major games to this year's schedule, with a third trip to Atlanta looming at Lakewood Stadium Nov. 10. The winner of Saturday's game will play the winner of the SIAC East Division Championship (also on Saturday), which will be played in Columbus, Ga. between Fort Valley State (7-2 overall; 5-1 in SIAC with one conference loss coming to Tuskegee) and Albany State (6-3 overall; 5-1 in SIAC with one conference loss coming to Miles College).

If Tuskegee were to emerge as conference champion, the Golden Tigers would represent the SIAC in the annual Pioneer Bowl, which is the postseason showcase between representatives of the SIAC and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). The CIAA is the oldest black athletic conference in the nation and is the only other major conference in NCAA Division II comprised of  historically black colleges and universities. Tuskegee dominates Pioneer Bowl history, having won seven out of the nine contests that the Golden Tigers have participated in since the game's inception in 1997.

This Saturday's matchup stirs up a powerful rivalry. Tuskegee (with a final record of 4-6) defeated Miles 27-25 at last year's homecoming, although Miles finished the season with the SIAC championship and an overall record of 7-5.  The Golden Tigers have won two straight games against the Golden Bears, and the last victory Miles had over Tuskegee was in 2009.  That year, the Golden Bears would give Tuskegee one of only two losses in a 10-win season with a 23-16 victory, although they only finished 4-7.

Tickets for Saturday's contest are $20 for adults and $15 for children age 7 and older. Groups of 20 or more may buy tickets for $15 per person. Call the Miles College Business Office at 205-929-1430 or 205-929-1431 for ticket purchases and tailgating information.

For those who can't make the 4:00 p.m. CST kickoff at Albert J. Sloan-Alumni Stadium, live stats will be available at: milesgoldenbears.com. Click on the right side of the calendar and a link to live stats will be available on the game date. A live radio broadcast will also be available at miles.edu. To access it, click on ‘Miles College Radio' on the upper right corner of the screen.

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