NEW HAVEN, Ct. — With conference play starting to heat up, the top teams are slowly beginning to separate themselves from the pack in black college football. This week’s BASN Top Ten Poll is clearly reflective of that fact.
While Hampton and North Carolina Central (both 5-0) remain 1-2 in the poll, there have been some new names added to this week’s Top Ten. Also a previous top five team is back in the poll as well.
The top-ranked Pirates defeated Delaware State Saturday night 29-14 at Dover while the Eagles remained unbeaten as they toppled Bowie State 35-13 in the Prince Georges Classic.
This weekend, the Pirates will travel to Indianapolis to meet Central State (Ohio) in the Circle City Classic at the RCA Dome. NCCU will meet Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C.
Idle Alabama A&M (3-1) remains at number three while Jackson State (3-1) jumped from sixth to fourth following their 29-5 road win Saturday night against Texas Southern.
Despite a slow start, Grambling State has returned in this week’s poll. The 1-3 Tigers, now ranked fifth in this week’s poll, evened their SWAC mark at 1-1 with a 53-7 victory over Prairie View.
The Tigers will visit Itta Bena, Mississippi this weekend to battle the Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State this Saturday. As for ASU, they’ll host Southern in a SWAC battle on Saturday.
The rest of the poll includes Lane College (5-0) in at number six, Elizabeth City State debuts in this week’s poll at seven, Southern (3-2) jumps from ninth to eighth, MVSU (3-2) is ninth, and Miles College (4-1) debuts at No. 10. Both newcomers are coming off huge wins.
The Vikings, who sit atop the CIAA Eastern Division (2-0), are 4-1 for the first time since 1995 following their 49-0 shutout over Saint Augustine’s College. It was the second shutout of the season for ECSU.
The Golden Bears are also 4-1 (3-0 in SIAC) after their 24-14 win against Savannah State on Saturday. The win puts Miles College in a three way tie for the top spot in the SIAC.
This weekend, ECSU will host Virginia State while Miles will visit Albany, Ga. to take on the Golden Rams in a battle for first place in the SIAC. The other top team, Lane College, will visit Kentucky State Saturday.
The Miles-Albany battle can be seen on CSTV at 8:30 p.m. One other black college game that can be seen on CSTV this weekend is the Gulf Coast Classic between Jackson State and Alabama State.
BASN HBCU TOP TEN POLL
(For games through September 30th)
1. Hampton 5-0 1
2. North Carolina State 5-0 2
3. Alabama A&M 4-1 3
4. Jackson State 3-1 6
5. Grambling State 1-3 NR
6. Lane College 5-0 5
7. Elizabeth City State 4-1 NR
8. Southern 3-2 9
9. Mississippi Valley State 3-2 7
10. Miles College 4-1 NR