BASN HBCU Top Ten Football Poll: Week Nine

By Tony McClean
Updated: October 16, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Ct. — While the top four spots in this week’s BASN Black College Football Top Ten remains the same, several other teams saw their spaces flip-flop due to last weekend’s action.

Also losses by Grambling State and Southern knocked these two schools out of the poll. They’ve been replaced by one new team and another who makes its debut to the poll this week.
No. 1 Hampton (7-0, 5-0 MEAC), No. 2 N.C. Central (7-0, 5-0 CIAA), No. 3 Alabama A&M (5-1, 3-1 SWAC)), and No. 4 Jackson State (5-1, 4-0 SWAC) all won over the weekend and maintained their standing in this week’s poll.
Three schools saw their rankings take a rise following wins this weekend. Elizabeth City State (6-1, 4-0 CIAA) jumped from six to five, Albany State (5-2, 4-0 SIAC) went from seven to six, and Lane College (7-1, 4-1 SIAC) jumped from 10th to seventh.
Delaware State returns to this week’s poll at number eight. The Hornets (4-2, 3-1 MEAC) thrashed N.C. A&T 37-21 last week. DSU picked up 316 yards on the ground and finished with 434 total offensive yards in the win.
Leading the way for the Hornets’ offense was the MEAC’s leading rusher, Emmanuel Marc, who finished the afternoon with 167 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries.
Also new to this week’s poll is Virginia Union, who debuts at number nine. The Panthers (5-2, 3-1 CIAA) defeated Shaw University 43-34 last weekend behind the play of sophomore quarterback Lamar Little.
Little rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 142 yards (7-of-11 completions) and one touchdown in the win. VUU will meet rival Virginia State in The Gold Bowl Saturday in Richmond, Va.
Johnson C. Smith (5-2, 3-2) rounds out the poll at No. 10. The Golden Bulls, who dropped one spot following their 15-9 loss to Saint Augustine’s College, will host Fayetteville State in Charlotte, N.C. Saturday night.
Other key games this weekend matching teams in the BASN Top Ten: No. 1 Hampton visits South Carolina State; No. 6 Albany State visits Tuskegee; and No. 4 Jackson State visits Grambling State.
(Records through October 14)
No. School Record Last Week
1. Hampton 7-0 1
2. N.C. Central 7-0 2
3. Alabama A&M 5-1 3
4. Jackson State 5-1 4
5. Elizabeth City State 6-1 6
6. Albany State 5-2 7
7. Lane College 7-1 10
8. Delaware State 4-2 NR
9. Virginia Union 5-2 NR
10. Johnson C. Smith 5-2 9