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BASN’s HBCU Top Ten Football Poll: Week Four
By Tony McClean
Updated: September 11, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — While there isn’t a change at the top of this week’s BASN Black College Football Top 10 (Hampton at 2-0 remains No. 1 following their 46-7 thrashing of Howard), there are some significant changes in various other spots.
Alabama A&M (2-0), fresh off its 30-27 overtime win against Grambling State, are now ranked second with conference rival Southern University (2-0) right behind at three. The Jaguars defeated Mississippi Valley State 31-14, a loss which dropped the Delta Devils from seventh to tenth.
MVSU (1-1) will host Alabama A&M Saturday while Southern travels to Houston to meet Prairie View A&M (0-1).
The biggest move of the week comes from Delaware State, who jumped from No. 10 to No. 4 in the poll. The Hornets (2-0) thrashed St. Francis (Pa.) 63-28 in their home opener Saturday night behind the passing of Vashon Winston (12-of-13, 222 yards, career-high 4 TDs) and running of Emmanuel Marc (game-high 126 yards).
DSU will host another non-conference foe, Northwestern State, on Saturday night. The Eagles of N.C. Central (3-0) round out the top five. NCCU defeated Lenoir-Rhyne Saturday and will be idle this week.
The Eagles will meet Southern at Baton Rouge on September 23.
The rest of the poll has South Carolina State (1-1) remaining at six, Tuskegee drops from fourth to seventh following a 31-20 home loss to Miles College, and idle Jackson State (1-0) moves up a spot from ninth to eighth.
The Golden Tigers’ loss to the Golden Bears gave Miles its first victory at Abbott Stadium since 1961. TU will attempt to bounce back Saturday night when they host Benedict College.
Another SIAC school, Lane College, is this week’s newest team in the poll at number nine. The Dragons are off to a 3-0 start as they outlasted Morehouse College 48-31 in a game that featured nearly 1,000 yards (966) of total offense between the schools.
What’s even more significant about the start of Johnnie Cole’s squad? The Dragons have combined for only four wins over the last three seasons including Cole’s debut last year.
The Dragons will host Concordia College Saturday night.