Jackson State will host the SWAC championship game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium on Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. against Prairie View A&M. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
The last time JSU (10-1, 8-0 SWAC) and Prairie View (7-3, 6-1) met was in 2019, when the Tigers pulled off a 38-35 double-overtime victory. Keyonte Hampton was a sophomore back then, and he led the Jackson State with 10 tackles.
The winner of the SWAC championship advances to the Cricket Celebration Bowl to play MEAC champ South Carolina State at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
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If Jackson State wins, it will be the first time the Tigers have made the Celebration Bowl, which began in 2015.
But first, JSU has to go through Prairie View. So here are five things to know about the Panthers.
Jackson State leads the all-time series
Jackson State is 39-14-2 all-time against Prairie View. It's the fourth-highest winning percentage the Tigers have against teams currently in the SWAC. Last year's matchup during the spring was canceled. Jackson State hasn't lost to Prairie View since 2017.
Jawon Pass is the third most efficient QB in the SWAC
Jawon Pass, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior, is 178-for-280 passing for 2,329 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His 147.3 efficiency rating is third in the SWAC behind Alabama A&M's Aqueel Glass and Jackson State's Shedeur Sanders. His accuracy has helped the Panthers score 27.6 points per game. Prairie View notably scored 48 on Southern, which Jackson State squeaked by in Deion Sanders' return from foot surgery two weeks ago.
Luis Reyes is one of the SWAC's most accurate kickers
If the game comes down to field goals, Prairie View can call upon the conference's most accurate kicker with more than 10 attempts in Luis Reyes. He's 10-for-12 on field goals, which means he has made 85% of his attempts. But, his range hasn't been tested much. He has a long of 34.
Prairie View has two of the SWAC's four players with pick-sixes
Senior defensive back Drake Cheatum has a SWAC-best five interceptions. He and teammate Jackson Logan are two of four SWAC players to return an interception for a touchdown this season. Cheatum is second in the conference in interceptions yards with 108, and his longest return was 62 yards.
Only SWAC loss was by two points
Prairie View's only SWAC loss this season came against Alcorn State on Nov. 13. Pass went 24-for-25 for 335 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, but the Braves were able to capture a 31-29 win. The loss kicked off a two-game losing streak for Prairie View, which lost 52-3 to Texas A&M last week.
This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: What to know about Prairie View football, which will play Jackson State for SWAC title