Golden Tigers Still No. 1 in BTRC/BASN Poll

By Tony McClean
Updated: September 15, 2008
From the Press Box

NEW HAVEN, Ct. — While the top spot in this week’s Top 10 HBCU Football Poll remains the same, there is some slight movement within the remaining nine spots as well as one new team in the top ten.

Tuskegee (2-0, 2-0 SIAC) is still the No. 1 team in black college football following its 37-14 victory over Benedict College. The Golden Tigers’ next game at Stillman will be shown on ESPNU this Saturday night.

The game, scheduled for 5 pm CT, will be shown on tape delay at 10:30 pm ET.

TU received eight of the 10 first-place votes with another undefeated team, Tennessee State (3-0) getting the other two votes. The Tigers, who jumped up one slot from last week’s poll, thrashed their third straight SWAC opponent in their 41-18 win over Jackson State.

The rest of the top five includes Prairie View A&M (2-0) going from fourth to third, Hampton (2-1) jumps from fifth to fourth, and Albany State (3-0) moves from sixth to fifth.

While the Golden Rams have the week off, the Panthers and Pirates are set to face a pair of tough conference foes. Saturday, Prairie View travels to Itta Bena to meet Mississippi Valley State (1-1) in a SWAC match up. Meanwhile, Jerry Holmes’ squad will host MEAC opponent North Carolina A&T (2-1) at Armstrong Stadium.

Rounding out the second five is South Carolina State (2-1), who jumped two slots from eighth to sixth. Delaware State (1-1) is number seven, dropping from number two after a 24-3 loss to Kent State.

Norfolk State (2-1) jumps from 10th to eighth, West Virginia State (3-0) debuts in this week’s poll at number nine, and Grambling State (1-2) rounds out the top ten. The Tigers fell from sixth to tenth following a 31-19 setback to Northwestern (La.) State.

The Yellow Jackets stormed back from a 20-7 deficit with two late touchdowns to nip Fairmont State in their WVIAC opener. Kevin O’Brien’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Jermain King with 3:40 left in the game provided the winning points for WVSU.

They’ll travel to to Charleston, W.Va. to meet the 2-1 Golden Eagles in a battle for first place on Saturday.

In other key games: Tennessee State hosts Eastern Kentucky, South Carolina State travels to Clemson, Norfolk State travels to William & Mary, and Jackson State hosts Grambling State.


(Records through Septemb er 14)

School W-L Pts LW
1. Tuskegee (8) 2-0 96 1
2. Tennessee State (2) 3-0 83 3
3. Prairie View 2-0 66 4
4. Hampton 2-1 63 5
5. Albany State 3-0 50 T6
6. S.C. State 2-1 47 8
7. Delaware State 1-1 40 2
8. Norfolk State 2-1 39 10
9. W. Virginia State 3-0 19 NR
10. Grambling State 1-2 12 T6

(First place votes in parentheses)

Others receiving votes: Southern (1-2) 7, Virginia Union (2-1) 4, Florida A&M (1-1) 4, Fayetteville State (2-1) 3, Jackson State (1-2) 2, Morehouse (2-1) 1, North Carolina A&T (2-1) 1, J.C. Smith (1-2) 1.