BASN HBCU Top Ten Football Poll: Week 12

By Tony McClean
Updated: November 7, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — For the second straight week, the top five slots in BASN’s Black College Football Top Ten will not be changed. However, there is a slight change in the lower five which includes two new schools to the poll.
No. 1 N.C. Central (10-0) cruised over Johnson C. Smith 52-7 last weekend. The Eagles will go for their second straight CIAA crown Saturday when they host Eastern Division Champ Elizabeth City State (9-1).
The third-ranked Vikings got a season-high 147 rushing yards from Brandon Fields as they held off Virginia Union 29-21. It’s ECSU’s first trip to the title game since 1971 when they defeated Winston-Salem State 33-22 at Norfolk, Va.
No. 2 Hampton, No. 4 Delaware State (7-2) and No. 5 Arkansas-Pine Bluff all won last weekend as well. With their wins, the Pirates (9-1) and Golden Lions (6-3) put themselves in position to possibly clinch their respective league or division crowns this weekend.
The bottom five saw three teams make move up two slots in this week’s poll. Alabama A&M (7-2) went from eighth to sixth; Albany State (7-3) moved from ninth to seventh; and Lane College (8-2) jumped from 10th to eighth.
Florida A&M and Tuskegee, two schools who were previously in BASN’s Top 10, are back in this week at ninth and 10th respectively. Winners of three straight, the Rattlers (6-3) got three touchdown passes from Albert Chester (21 of 25, 186 yards) in their 45-12 win against N.C. A&T.
As for Tuskegee (6-3), the Golden Tigers had to rally late before they defeated Langston 27-24 in overtime. Down 24-17 late, TU got a touchdown pass from Kevin Huff to Jason English with 40 second remaining in regulation. Roosevelt Echeverry’s 17-yard field goal would win in the extra session.
Both FAMU and Tuskegee will meet teams from BASN’s Top 10 this weekend. With Hampton looking to clinch its third straight MEAC crown, the Rattlers will try and spring the upset at Tallahassee.
Tuskegee will host Lane College for its homecoming at Cleve L. Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium Saturday. The Dragons have never defeated the Golden Tigers in 12 all-time meetings including last year’s 56-6 loss.
In other games matching teams from BASN’s Top Ten: Delaware State travels to Virginia to meet Norfolk State; Arkansas-Pine Bluff travels to Baton Rouge to play Southern; and Alabama A&M hosts Alcorn State.
(Records through November 4th)
No. School Record LW
1. North Carolina Central 10-1 1
2. Hampton 9-1 2
3. Elizabeth City State 9-1 3
4. Delaware State 7-2 4
5. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6-3 5
6. Alabama A&M 7-2 8
7. Albany State 7-3 9
8. Lane College 8-2 10
9. Florida A&M 6-3 NR
10. Tuskegee 6-3 NR