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BASN HBCU Top Ten Football Poll: Week 11
By Tony McClean
Updated: October 30, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — For the most part, it was a relatively quiet weekend on the black college football front. Only one team from last week’s BASN HBCU Football Top Ten was defeated this past Saturday.
The lone upset came in the state of Tennessee as quarterback Nathaniel Samas threw for a career-high 289 yards and four touchdowns as Fort Valley thrashed Lane College 41-27 at the Dragons’ home.
While the latest poll includes the same ten teams from last week, there are some slight changes in positions. And look for even more changes following Saturday’s conference match ups.
The Eagles of N.C. Central (9-0) are still the top team in HBCU football. NCCU clinched the CIAA’s Western Division crown and gained a berth the league’s title game with a 37-15 win at Livingstone College Saturday.
Hampton (8-1) and Elizabeth City (8-1) flip-flopped their positions in this week’s poll. The Pirates moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 following their hard fought win against Winston-Salem State. ECSU is now third as they escaped with a 7-3 win against Saint Paul’s.
Delaware State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff make up the rest of this week’s top five. The Hornets (6-2) held off South Carolina State 10-9 while the Golden Lions (5-3) won a 43-40 shootout with Jackson State.
The bottom five of this week’s poll includes Virginia Union (7-2) at number six; Johnson C. Smith (7-2) seventh; Alabama A&M (6-2) is eighth, Albany State (6-3) at number nine; and Lane College (7-2) drops from fourth to tenth.
The weekend in HBCU football gets an early start this week as Hampton host MEAC rival Bethune-Cookman in a Thursday night contest at Armstrong Stadium. The game will be seen live on ESPNU beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST.
Among some of the other huge conference games this weekend are Virginia Union visiting Elizabeth City State. The winner will clinch the CIAA Eastern Division title and earn themselves a date with N.C. Central on November 11th in the CIAA Championship Game.
In the SWAC, Alabama A&M will travel to Mississippi to meet the Tigers of Jackson State in a key Eastern Division tilt. Also in the SIAC, Albany State will meet Fort Valley State in the Fountain City Classic at Columbus, Ga.
Other games of note include: Johnson C. Smith at N.C. Central; Benedict College at Lane College; and Concord (WVa.) at Delaware State.
BASN HBCU FOOTBALL TOP TEN
(Records through October 28th)
No. School W-L LW
1. North Carolina Central 9-0 1
2. Hampton 8-1 3
3. Elizabeth City State 8-1 2
4. Delaware State 6-2 5
5. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5-3 8
6. Virginia Union 7-2 6
7. Johnson C. Smith 7-2 7
8. Alabama A&M 6-2 9
9. Albany State 6-3 10
10. Lane College 7-2 4