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BASN’s HBCU Top Ten Football Poll: Week Two
By Tony McClean
Updated: August 28, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — There are no major changes in upper half of BASN’s HBCU Top Ten Football poll. Hampton and Grambling are still 1-2 heading into their showdown on Saturday at Birmingham. The two schools will meet in the SWAC-MEAC Challenge on ESPN2 at 11 am ET.
Alabama A&M is still No. 3 with South Carolina State right behind at No. 4. The Bulldogs will open their season at home Saturday night as they entertain Wofford at 7 pm ET.
However, last weekend’s games saw some teams make a jump in the rankings while others are making their first appearance in the poll. Fresh off their 24-6 win against Stillman College, the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee crept into the top five. TU was sixth in last week’s poll.
Also, the Eagles of North Carolina Central are now in the top 10 (ranked No. 10) following their shutout victory (20-0) over Albany State in the first CIAA-SIAC Challenge. The loss dropped the defending SIAC champs out of this week’s poll.
While Tuskegee will be idle this week (they’ll host Miles College on Sept. 9), North Carolina Central jumps into league play this Sunday (4 pm ET) as they battle the Shaw Bears in the Verizon Walk of Champions Classic
Among the schools making a rise in the polls are Mississippi Valley State (10th to 6th) and Florida A&M (9th to 7th). The Delta Devils will open their season on Saturday (4 pm ET) at Soldier Field when they meet conference foe Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the Chicago Football Classic.
The Rattlers will also open on the road against a conference foe Saturday. FAMU battles Delaware State in the Detroit Football Classic at Ford Field at 1:30 pm ET. The game will be shown nationally on a tape-delayed basis (10 pm ET) on ESPNU.
Two other schools (No. 8 Tennessee State and No. 9 Southern) are now making their first appearance in this week’s poll. The Tigers, who are looking to improve on last year’s 2-9 mark, will get a major test on Saturday (6:30 pm ET) as they host No. 2 Alabama A&M in the John Merritt Classic at Nashville.
The game will be seen on Comcast Sports South.
For the first time since 1992, the Jaguars of Southern (4-5) finished under .500 last season. Pete Richardson’s squad will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday night (7 pm ET) to meet Bethune Cookman in the 53rd Annual Gateway Classic.
After this weekend’s matchups, including No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle, don’t be surprised to see an even bigger shakeup in next week’s poll.