2017 Grambling State Tigers football team

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2017 Grambling State Tigers football
Grambling State Tigers logo.svg
SWAC champion
SWAC West Division champion
ConferenceSouthwestern Athletic Conference
DivisionWest Division
Ranking
STATSNo. 16
FCS CoachesNo. 14
2017 record11–2 (7–0 SWAC)
Head coachBroderick Fobbs (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorEric Dooley (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorEverett Todd (4th season)
Home stadiumEddie Robinson Stadium
(Capacity: 23,200)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Alcorn State xy   5 2         7 5  
Alabama State   4 3         5 6  
Alabama A&M   3 4         4 7  
Jackson State   3 4         3 8  
Mississippi Valley State   1 6         2 9  
West
No. 16 Grambling State xy$   7 0         11 2  
Southern*   5 2         7 4  
Prairie View A&M   4 3         6 5  
Texas Southern   2 5         2 9  
Arkansas–Pine Bluff   1 6         2 9  
Championship: Grambling State 40, Alcorn State 32
December 2, 2017
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • *Southern ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2017 Grambling State Tigers football team represented Grambling State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Tigers were led by fourth-year head coach Broderick Fobbs and played their home games at Eddie Robinson Stadium in Grambling, Louisiana as members of the West Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The Tigers finished the season 11–2, 7–0 in SWAC play to win the West Division. They defeated Alcorn State in the SWAC Championship Game, receiving the conference's bid to the Celebration Bowl where they lost to North Carolina A&T.

Preseason[edit]

The Tigers were picked to finish first in the West Division.[1]

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 27:00 p.m.at Tulane*No. 21ESPN3L 14–4315,940
September 96:00 p.m.Northwestern State*No. 24W 23–1012,689
September 166:00 p.m.Jackson State*No. 24
  • Eddie Robinson Stadium
  • Grambling, LA
ESPN3W 36–2116,513
September 236:00 p.m.at Mississippi Valley StateNo. 22W 38–62,374
September 303:30 p.m.vs. Clark Atlanta*No. 21
W 31–2016,429
October 74:00 p.m.vs. Prairie View A&MNo. 21W 34–2155,231
October 212:00 p.m.Alcorn StateNo. 17
  • Eddie Robinson Stadium
  • Grambling, LA
SWAC DNW 41–1412,147
October 282:00 p.m.Texas SoutherndaggerNo. 15
  • Eddie Robinson Stadium
  • Grambling, LA (Red River Classic[3])
W 50–2418,350
November 42:30 p.m.at Arkansas–Pine BluffNo. 13W 31–264,007
November 112:00 p.m.at Alabama StateNo. 13SWAC DNW 24–79,872
November 254:00 p.m.vs. SouthernNo. 13NBCSNW 30–2166,650
December 23:30 p.m.vs. Alcorn StateNo. 13ESPNUW 40–3224,610
December 1612:00 p.m.vs. No. 7 North Carolina A&T*No. 13ABCL 14–2125,873
Schedule Source:[4]

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS 21 24 24 22 21 21 20 17 15 13 13 13 13 16 
Coaches 21 23 25 22 19 19 19 17 13 12 11 11 12 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SWAC releases 2017 preseason football team, predicted order of finish". HBCU Sports. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  2. ^ "Grambling St., Clark Atlanta to Face-Off in Chicago Football Classic". WMAQ. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "GSU moving Red River Classic from Shreveport to campus". USA Today. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "GSU Releases 2017 Football Schedule". Grambling Athletics. Retrieved March 27, 2017.