NEW HAVEN, Ct.
– For the second straight week, Delaware State
is the No. 1 team in black college football. The Hornets (6-1), who are tied with Norfolk State (5-0) for first place in the MEAC, received all nine first-place votes in this week’s BoxToRow.com/BASN
HBCU Top 10 Football Poll.
However, the real race is the jockeying for positions in the top five.
SWAC combatants Grambling State (6-1) and Alabama A&M (5-1) flip-flopped positions from last week’s poll. The Tigers (66 points) are now ranked second following their win at Jackson State Saturday night with the Bulldogs (66 points) just behind in third place.
Meanwhile, the aforementioned Spartans (6-1) are fourth with 63 points with SIAC-leading Tuskegee (7-0) just a point behind.
Norfolk State kept pace with DSU by defeating MEAC foe Florida A&M for the first time in the school’s history. The win assures NSU its first winning record since going 7-4 in 1996. Tuskegee remains the only undefeated team in black college football as they easily beat SIAC foe Albany State on the road.
The second five is made up of Southern
(6-2), who jumped from ninth to sixth, Virginia Union (7-1) up from No.
10 to seventh, Albany State (6-2) drops from sixth to eighth, Jackson State (4-3) falls from eighth to ninth.
North Central (6-1) and South Carolina State (4-3) both return to this week’s poll tied for 10th with nine points each.
The Bulldogs, who defeated Hampton last weekend, will get a chance to put themselves back in the MEAC race when they host the top-ranked Hornets Saturday. Another key MEAC contest has Norfolk State hosting Howard at Dick Price Stadium.
The game, scheduled for 1 pm, will be shown on ESPNU on a tape-delayed basis.
Other key HBCU games this weekend include: Alabama A&M meeting Alabama State in the 68th Magic City Classic in Birmingham; Virginia Union and Virginia State battling each other in Ettrick, Va.; and Texas Southern traveling to Eddie Robinson Stadium to meet Grambling State.
The TSU-GSU battle will be seen on CSTV on a tape-delayed basis.
(Records through October 21)
|1. Delaware State (9)
|2. Grambling State
|3. Alabama A&M
|4. Norfolk State
|7. Virginia Union
|8. Albany State
|9. Jackson State
|10. N.C. Central
(tie) South Carolina State 4-3 9 NR
(First place votes in parentheses)
Other receiving votes: Fort Vallley State 8, Prairie View A&M 2, Hampton 2, West Virginia State 1.