Bulldogs Are Back On Top

By Tony McClean, BASN Editor In Chief
Updated: October 13, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Ct. (BASN) — One week after seeing South Carolina State and Florida A&M share the top spots in the weekly BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU polls, both the coaches and media now agree on a No. 1 team.

Fresh off their convincing 37-10 victory at Norfolk State this past Saturday, Buddy Pough’s Bulldogs (4-1) are sitting atop both BTRC/BASN weekly polls.

SCSU received all put two first-place votes in this week’s media rankings. In the coaches’ poll, the Bulldogs got all but three first-place nods.

The Rattlers (4-1) — who are second in both polls — got two of those votes, while No. 3 Prairie View (3-1) received the other. The Panthers are also third in the media poll as well.

The two MEAC contenders will now meet this Saturday (2 p.m. ET) at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in battle that will have major conference and national black championship implications.

In last year’s contest, the Bulldogs outlasted the Rattlers 28-21 at Tallahassee.

Morgan State (4-1) and Grambling State (3-3) make up the rest of the coaches’ top five.

The second five has Alabama A&M (4-2) dropping from fourth to sixth, Southern (3-2) is seventh, Hampton (3-2) goes up a notch at eight, Tennessee State (3-3) is ninth followed by Alabama State (3-2) at ten.

The Bears open this weekend’s schedule Thursday night when they host MEAC rival foe Howard at Hughes Stadium.

The game, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, will be seen on ESPNU.

As for the media poll, Albany State (5-0) and Grambling State make up the rest of the top five.

The rest of the poll includes Alabama A&M is sixth, Morgan State follows at seven, Southern is at number eight, Shaw (5-2) drops to nine, and Bowie State (5-2) is right behind at ten.

Other key games this weekend are Grambling State at Alabama State in the SWAC, Clark Atlanta hosts Albany State in the SIAC, Bowie State hosts Saint Paul’s in the CIAA, and Hampton travels to Norfolk State in the Battle of the Bay.

BOXTOROW.COM/BASN HBCU MEDIA TOP 10 POLL

(Records through Saturday’s games)

School W-L Pts LW

1. South Carolina State (14) 4-1 158 1

2. Florida A&M (2) 4-1 133 2

3. Prairie View A&M 3-1 132 3

4. Albany State 6-0 107 5

5. Grambling State 3-2 98 6

6. Alabama A&M 4-2 60 4

7. Morgan State 4-1 51 9

8. Southern 3-2 46 8

9. Shaw 5-2 29 7

10. Bowie State 5-2 26 10

Other receiving votes: Tuskegee (5-2) 23, Hampton (3-2) 12, Fayettevile State (4-3) 5, Bethune-Cookman (1-4) 5, Tennessee State (3-3) 4, Fort Valley State (5-2) 2, Langston (5-2) 2, North Carolina A&T (3-3) 1.

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BOXTOROW.COM/BASN HBCU COACHES FCS TOP 10 POLL

(Records through Saturday’s games)

School W-L Pts LW

1. South Carolina State (13) 4-1 157 2

2. Florida A&M (2) 4-1 141 1

3. Prairie View A&M (1) 3-1 134 3

4. Morgan State 4-1 96 5

5. Grambling State 3-3 90 7

6. Alabama A&M 4-2 60 4

7. Southern 3-2 58 6

8. Hampton 3-2 57 T9

9. Tennessee State 3-3 38 NR

10. Alabama State 3-2 12 T9

Others receiving votes: North Carolina A&T (3-3) 8, Norfolk State (2-2) 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-2) 6, Alcorn State (1-3) 2.