No Change At Number One

By Tony McClean, BASN Editor In Chief
Updated: September 21, 2009

BTRC PollNEW HAVEN, Ct. (BASN) — The top three spots in the latest Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU FCS Coaches Top 10 Football Poll, presented by Classics Sports Radio Network, have remained unchanged.

South Carolina State (2-0), Florida A&M (3-0), and Grambling State (2-1) are sitting 1-2-3 for a second straight week. The Bulldogs received 12 first-place votes, the Rattlers got two first-place nods, and the Tigers received one.

The top-ranked Bulldogs will resume play this Saturday after a week off.

Buddy Pough’s bunch will host the winless Rams (0-3) of Winston-Salem State at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in SCSU’s home opener. FAMU will look to stay unbeaten as they meet Tennessee State (1-2) Saturday in the 21st Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic at the Georgia Dome. The 3 p.m. ET game can be seen on the Versus Network and heard on the Internet at www.classicsportsradio.com As for Grambling, the Tigers will travel to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Cowboys (2-1) are ranked No. 16th in the AP and USAToday/ESPN national polls.

While the top three spots were unchanged, there was some major flip-flopping within the poll. Southern (2-1) jumped from sixth to fourth following their home win against Tennessee State.

In contrast, Alabama A&M (2-1) dropped from fourth to sixth after their loss to 45-13 loss to Jacksonville State. Prairie View (1-1), who was idle last week, remained fifth in the poll.

MEAC foes Hampton and North Carolina A&T (both 2-1 overall) traded spots in the poll following the Pirates’ 24-14 victory over the Aggies in Greensboro. Hampton went from 10th to seventh, while A&T dropped from seventh to 10th.

Saturday, the Pirates host Delaware State (0-2) while the Aggies travel to Conway, S.C. to meet Coastal Carolina. LaMarcus Coker recorded his second 100-yard rushing game as Hampton handed A&T its first loss of the year.

The remainder of the poll includes Alabama State (3-0), who moved up one spot from ninth to eighth, and Tennessee State, who dropped from ninth to eighth following their aforementioned loss to Southern.

The Hornets will look to stay undefeated Saturday night when they meet SWAC foe Mississippi Valley State in the 10th Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field. ASU is seeking its first 4-0 start since 2007, coach Reggie Barlow’s first season.

BOXTOROW.COM/BASN HBCU COACHES FCS TOP 10 POLL (Records through Saturday’s games)

School W-L Pts LW

1. South Carolina State (12) 2-0 138 1

2. Florida A&M (2) 3-0 130 2

3. Grambling State (1) 2-1 126 3

4. Southern 2-1 98 6

5. Prairie View A&M 1-1 83 5

6. Alabama A&M 2-1 64 4

7. Hampton 2-1 63 10

8. Alabama State 3-0 43 9

9. Tennessee State 1-2 25 8

10. North Carolina A&T 2-1 17 7

Others receiving votes: Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-1) 10, Delaware State (0-2) 7, Morgan State (1-1) 6, Norfolk State (1-2) 4, Jackson State (0-3) 4.