NEW HAVEN, Ct. — While the top five spots in this week’s BASN Black College Football Top Ten Poll remain the same, the bottom six contains two new schools and a returnee from last week’s play.
Undefeated Hampton (6-0) and North Carolina Central (6-0) are still sitting at No. 1 and No. 2 respectfully, with Alabama A&M (4-1) at No. 3, Jackson State (4-1) fourth, and Grambling State (2-3) in fifth.
Now here’s where things change just a bit.
Teams ranked six through 10 include Elizabeth City State (5-1) at sixth, Albany State (4-2) at seven, Southern (3-3) remains at No. 8, Johnson C. Smith (5-1) is ninth, and Lane College (6-1) drops from sixth to No. 10.
Leaders of the CIAA Eastern Division, ECSU makes its debut in the BASN poll following their 27-0 victory over Virginia State. The Vikings earned its second straight and third overall shutout of the season.
They also held the Trojans scoreless for the first time since 1982. ECSU travels to Bowie State to meet the Bulldogs this Saturday.
Ranked number five in BASN’s preseason poll, the Golden Rams are now back in this week’s poll. ASU reclaimed the top spot in the SIAC (4-0 in league play) following their 14-0 against Miles College on Saturday.
Quarterback Kisan Flakes threw second-quarter touchdown passes of 67 yards and 27 yards to Gary Neavins and Joshua Johnson, respectively, to account for all the points in the contest. ASU hosts Clark Atlanta this Saturday.
The other team making its debut in BASN’s poll, the Golden Bulls of J.C. Smith have been one of the more surprising stories in all of college football this season. JCSU began the season with the nation’s longest losing streak at 24 games.
Since then, Daryl McNeill’s bunch have made a complete turnaround. They opened the season with wins against Edward Waters and Glenville State. Following a loss to Bowie State on September 9, the Golden Bulls have won three straight.
In Saturday’s win against longtime rival Livingstone, J.C. Smith recorded its first shutout of the season and the first shutout since 1998 when they held Elizabeth City State University scoreless [26-0].
Saturday’s win was also the first time that JCSU has shutout Livingstone since 1987. The Golden Bulls also remained unbeaten on the road. JCSU will host Saint Augustine’s College this Saturday.
In other key games matching teams from BASN’s Top Ten, Jackson State host Southern; Hampton hosts Norfolk State in the Battle of The Bay Classic; and Lane College hosts Miles College.
BASN HBCU FOOTBALL TOP TEN
(Records through October 8)
|2. North Carolina Central
|3. Alabama A&M
|4. Jackson State
|5. Grambling State
|6. Elizabeth City State
|7. Albany State
|9. Johnson C. Smith
|10. Lane College