Delaware State Remains Atop BTRC/BASN Poll

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: November 12, 2007
BoxToRow.com/BASN Logo NEW YORK — They’ve been the top team in black college football over the latter half of the 2007 season. They now have a title to show for it with the hopes of even more. The Hornets of Delaware State are still the No. 1 team in the latest BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Top 10 Football Poll.

DSU (9-1, 8-0 MEAC) earned the MEAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs by rallying from a 21-3 fourth-quarter deficit Saturday to defeat Norfolk State 28-21 in overtime. It is DSU’s first MEAC football title since 1991, and first outright championship since 1989.

The Hornets were a unanimous choice as No. 1 for the fifth straight week. Tuskegee, black college football’s lone undefeated team (10-0) is second in the poll followed by SWAC foes Grambling State at No. 3 and Alabama A&M (both 8-2 overall) at No. 4 respectively.

Thanks to a Jackson State loss to Prairie View A&M, AAMU regained a tie for the SWAC East Division lead. Now, the Bulldogs can earn a third consecutive trip to the SWAC Championship game with a win over the Panthers and a Jackson State loss to Alcorn State in the Capital City Classic Saturday.

Albany State, who received an NCAA Division II South Atlantic Region playoff bid, rounds out the top five. The Golden Rams (8-2) will travel to Salisbury, North Carolina to meet Catawba College (10-1), the co-champions of the SAC this Saturday.

The game will mark the first match-up between the schools in football. Top-seeded Valdosta State will await the winner of the Catawba-Albany State game.

The rest of the BTRC/BASN Top Ten includes Norfolk State (7-3) at No. 6, Southern (7-3) at No. 7, Jackson State (6-4) is eighth, CIAA champion Shaw (8-3) is ninth, and Prairie View (6-3) rounds out the poll at No. 10. The Panthers assured themselves their first winning season since 1976 with their win over Jackson State last Saturday.

On the strength of their second CIAA Championship in the last four years, Shaw has also received an NCAA Division II South Atlantic Region playoff bid.

This Saturday, the Bears will travel to Cleveland, Mississippi to meet the champions of the Gulf Coast Conference, Delta State (9-1). North Alabama will await the winner of the Delta State-Shaw game on November 24.
In other key HBCU games Saturday: Delaware State hosts Howard while Winston-Salem State visits Norfolk State. The Hornets will open play in the 16-team FCS playoffs the weekend of Nov. 23-24.

BOXtoROW.COM/BASN HBCU TOP 10 FOOTBALL POLL
(Records through November 10)
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School
W-L
Pts
LW
1. Delaware State (6)
9-1
60
1
2. Tuskegee
10-0
49
3
3. Grambling St.
8-2
48

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2
4. Alabama A&M
8-2
43
4
5. Albany State
8-2
29
9
6. Norfolk State
7-3
25
7
7. Southern
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18
5
8. Jackson State
6-4
15
6
9. Shaw
8-3
13
10
10. Prairie View A&M
6-3
11
NR
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(First place votes in parentheses)
Other receiving votes: Virginia Union (9-2) 5, Winston-Salem State (6-4) 3, West Virginia State (7-3) 3, South Carolina State (6-4) 1, North Carolina Central (6-4) 1.