No Change In BTRC/BASN’s Top Five

By Tony McClean
Updated: October 13, 2008

From the Press Box BASN NEW HAVEN, Ct. — The top five spots in this week’s BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Top 10 Football poll remain the same as last week’s. However, the gap between No. 1 Tuskegee and No. 2 Hampton has become paper thin.

Only two points separate the undefeated Golden Tigers (6-0, 126 points) and the MEAC co-leading Pirates (4-1). Tuskegee received 10 of this week’s 14 first-place votes. Hampton got two while No. 3 Tennessee State (5-1) and No. 4 South Carolina State (5-2) split the other two.

Grambling State (5-2) remains at number five.

Fresh off their 42-27 victory over Morehouse College, the Golden Tigers will take on another SIAC foe Saturday when they host their longtime rivals from Albany State.

The Golden Rams (5-1) bounced back from last week’s loss and defeated Clark-Atlanta Saturday 34-20. Ranked 10th in last week’s poll, ASU jumped up four spots to number six.

The rest of the poll includes Prairie View A&M (5-1) who dropped from sixth to seventh, Southern (4-2) returns to the Top 10 at number eight, Florida A&M (4-2) drops from eighth to ninth, and previously unbeaten West Virginia State (5-1) rounds out the poll at No. 10.

Among the key games this weekend will be Florida A&M at Southern; Norfolk State at Hampton in the “Battle of The Bay”; Grambling State hosts Alabama State for its homecoming; and Arkansas-Pine Bluff visits Prairie View A&M.

BOXTOROW.COM/BASN HBCU TOP 10 FOOTBALL POLL

(Records through October 11)

School

W-L

Pts

LW

1. Tuskegee (10)

6-0

126

1

2. Hampton (2)

4-1

124

2

3. Tennessee State (1)

5-1

113

3

4. S.C. State (1)

5-2

94

4

5. Grambling State

5-2

78

5

6. Albany State

5-1

56

10

7. Prairie View A&M

5-1

42

7

8. Southern

4-2

29

NR

9. Florida A&M

4-2

28

8

10. W. Virginia State

5-1

22

7

(First place votes in parentheses)

Others receiving votes: Delaware State (2-3) 18, Bethune-Cookman (4-2) 13, Fayetteville State (3-2) 3, Elizabeth City State (4-3) 1, Morgan State (3-3) 1.