BASN HBCU Top Ten Football Poll: Week Six

By Tony McClean
Updated: September 25, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — For the first time in nearly a month, the top two spots in BASN’s Black College Football Top 10 Poll will not change. Top-ranked Hampton and number two North Carolina Central each had big wins last weekend to secure their spots in this week’s latest poll.
The rest of the top five includes some slight changes due to last weekend’s action. Alabama A&M (3-1, 2-1 SWAC) moved up a notch from fourth to third following their 19-14 victory at Texas Southern.
Tuskegee (3-1, 2-1 SIAC) also takes a step up from fifth to fourth after a 34-20 win against Fort Valley State. Lane College (5-0, 2-0 SIAC), who were seventh in last week’s poll, jumps into the top five after the Dragons defeated Clark Atlanta 23-15.
The top-ranked Pirates (4-0, 3-0 MEAC) easily defeated Morgan State last Saturday 26-7 in the New York Urban League Classic at Giants Stadium. The victory was the 500th all-time for the Hampton football program in 105 years of competition.
As for the second-ranked Eagles (4-0, 2-0 CIAA), they forced seven turnovers, including a season-high six interceptions, as they downed Division I-AA Southern University, 27-20 Saturday night at Baton Rouge.
Rounding out spots six through 10 in this week’s poll are Jackson State (2-1, 1-0 SWAC), Mississippi Valley State (2-2, 2-2 SWAC), Delaware State (2-1, 1-0 MEAC), Southern (2-2, 1-1 SWAC), and this week’s newcomer to the poll, Bethune-Cookman (3-1, 2-0 MEAC).
Idle last week, The Hornets will host Hampton Saturday night at Dover. DSU was the last team to defeat the Pirates in the regular season, a 28-23 victory at Alumni Stadium on October 2, 2004.
In other key games matching teams in this week’s poll: No. 2 NC Central visits Bowie State in the Prince Georges Classic; No. 4 Tuskegee battles Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the Gateway Classic at St. Louis; and No. 6 Jackson State meets Texas Southern at Houston.
(Through games played on September 23rd)
Record Last Week
1. Hampton 4-0 1st
2. N.C. Central 4-0 2nd
3. Alabama A&M 3-1 4th
4. Tuskegee 3-1 5th
5. Lane College 5-0 7th
6. Jackson State 2-1 9th
7. Mississippi Valley 2-2 3rd
8. Delaware State 2-1 8th
9. Southern 2-2 6th
10. Bethune-Cookman 3-1 NR