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Tuskegee Remains No. 1 in BTRC/BASN Poll
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — While there have several changes within the BoxToRow.com/BASN Top 10 HBCU Football poll over the entire season, one thing has remained the same — the team to beat is still the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee.
Willie Slater’s undefeated squad (5-0) maintained college football’s longest current winning streak at 21 with their 34-24 win over Alabama A&M this past Saturday in the Circle City Classic in Indianapolis.
The Golden Tigers still sit atop the BTRC/BASN poll with 115 overall points. They received nine of 12 first-place votes. Second ranked Hampton (4-1) received two and MEAC foe South Carolina State (4-2) got the other.
SCSU, ranked fifth last week, moved up from one spot following their 28-21 victory over Florida A&M at Tallahassee. DeShawn Baker and Will Ford combined for 285 rushing yards and three touchdowns as they defeated the Rattlers for the fourth straight time.
Tennessee State (5-1) moved from fourth to third, followed by the Bulldogs at number four, followed by Grambling State (4-2) who jumped from eighth to fifth following their 40-16 win over Prairie View A&M in Saturday’s State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl.
The Panthers (4-1), who suffered their first loss of the year, dropped from second to sixth in this week’s poll. The rest of the top 10 includes West Virginia State (5-0) who stayed in seventh and Florida A&M (3-2) dropped from sixth to eighth.
The Rattlers will look to bounce back on Thursday night as they host Winston-Salem State at Bragg Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The game will be seen nationally on ESPNU.
The Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman (4-1) make their debut in this week’s poll at number ninth and Albany State (4-1), who bounced back after their first loss, rounds out the poll at No. 10.
Other key games this weekend include Tuskegee battling SIAC for Morehouse in the 73rd Morehouse-Tuskegee Classic at Columbus, Georgia; South Carolina State hosting Norfolk State; Grambling State at Alabama A&M; Delaware State at Bethune-Cookman; and Albany State at Clark-Atlanta.
The Morehouse-Tuskegee Classic, scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, will be shown on a tape-delayed basis Saturday night on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m. ET.
BOXTOROW.COM/BASN HBCU TOP 10 FOOTBALL POLL
(Records through October 4)
|1. Tuskegee (9)||5-0||115||1|
|2. Hampton (2)||4-1||103||3|
|3. Tennessee State||5-1||87||4|
|4. S.C. State (1)||4-2||83||5|
|5. Grambling State||4-2||59||8|
|6. Prairie View A&M||4-1||54||2|
|7. W. Virginia State||5-0||39||7|
|8. Florida A&M||3-2||28||6|
|10. Albany State||4-1||22||10|
(First place votes in parentheses)
Others receiving votes: Southern (3-2) 18; Fayetteville State (5-1) 10, Delaware State (1-3) 8, Elizabeth City State (3-3) 1.