By Tony McClean
Updated: September 19, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — While the majority of the college football world was engrossed with “Separation Saturday”, the black college football world was caught up in “Upset Saturday”.
Four ranked teams (No. 2 Alabama A&M, No. 3 Southern, No. 4 Delaware State, and No. 6 South Carolina State) in last week’s BASN Black College Football Top Ten were defeated this past weekend.
Top-ranked Hampton (3-0) will remain No. 1 this week following their 48-14 win against North Carolina A&T. However, the rest of this week’s new HBCU top ten will see much movement up and down as well as a newcomer at No. 10.
North Carolina Central (3-0), idle last week, now sits at No.2 with Mississippi Valley State (2-1) at No. 3. The Delta Devils, who defeated Alabama A&M 23-20 Saturday, made the largest move in the poll from tenth to third.
MVSU will visit Jackson State Saturday. The Tigers were nipped by Tennessee State 31-30 in the Southern Heritage Classic at Memphis. Alabama A&M (2-1) dropped from No. 2 to No. 4 after their loss to MVSU.
Tuskegee (2-1) rounds out the top five following their 41-14 defeat of Benedict College. The Golden Tigers will travel to Fort Valley State Saturday while the Bulldogs will visit Texas Southern
Teams six through ten are Southern (2-1), Lane College (4-0), Delaware State (2-1), Jackson State (1-1), and Prairie View (2-1). The Panthers enter this week’s poll on the strength of their 26-23 overtime victory against Southern.
It’s the first time Prairie View has defeated Southern since 1988. The Jaguars will look to bounce back Saturday night when they host N.C. Central at Mumford Stadium. The game will be the first of four straight road contests for the Eagles.
Lane moved from to ninth to seventh following their 27-20 home victory against Concordia College. The Hormets dropped from fourth to eighth after losing 23-3 at home to Northwestern State.
Other key games matching ranked teams Saturday include: Morgan State meeting Hampton in their annual Urban League Classic at Giants Stadium; Lane College will host Clark Atlanta; and Prairie View will host Langston.
BASN HBCU FOOTBALL TOP TEN
(Through games played on Sept. 16)
1. Hampton 3-0 1
2. N.C. Central 3-0 5
3. Mississippi Valley State 2-1 10
4. Alabama A&M 2-1 2
5. Tuskegee 2-1 7
6. Southern 2-1 3
7. Lane College 4-0 9
8. Delaware State 2-1 3
9. Jackson State 1-1 8
10. Prairie View 2-1 NR