Bulldogs Are Still The One

By Tony McClean, BASN Editor In Chief
Updated: October 26, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Ct. (BASN) — The Bulldogs of South Carolina State are still considered Black College Football’s No. 1 team after another week of action.

Buddy Pough’s squad (6-1) remains atop both of the latest BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Top 10 polls following a 21-9 road win against Hampton.

South Carolina State received all but one first-place vote in both the media and coaches polls. Second-ranked Prairie View (5-1) received the other first-place in both polls.

The Bulldogs return to Oliver C. Dawson Stadium this weekend to host another MEAC foe, Delaware State (2-4), for their Homecoming contest.

Florida A&M (5-2) and Grambling State (4-3) are ranked third and fourth respectively in both polls. The Tigers will be back on the field this weekend as they host SWAC foe Mississippi Valley State for Homecoming.

The rest of the coaches’ poll includes Alabama A&M (4-3) fifth, Morgan State (5-2) drops from three to six, and Southern (4-3) is seventh.

North Carolina A&T (4-3) returns to the top ten at eight following their victory over Howard while Tennessee State (3-4) remains ninth.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-2) and Alabama State (4-3) round out the coaches’ poll tied at 10th. The Hornets will battle their in-state rivals from A&M Saturday in the 68th Magic City Classic at Legion Field in Birmingham.

As for the media poll, Albany State (7-1) is fifth, Tuskegee (6-2) goes from ninth to sixth, Southern is seventh, Morgan State eighth, Shaw (7-2) goes from 10th to ninth, and Alabama A&M is 10th.

Other key games this weekend include Albany State hosting Morehouse College in the Prince Hall Shriners Diabetes Classic at Georgia, and Florida A&M traveling to Baltimore to meet Morgan State.

Also, Shaw hosts Johnson C. Smith at Raleigh, and Bethune-Cookman meets North Carolina A&T at Greensboro.

BOXTOROW.COM/BASN HBCU MEDIA TOP 10 POLL (Records through Saturday’s games) School W-L Pts LW 1. South Carolina State (13) 6-1 139 1 2. Prairie View A&M (1) 5-1 127 2 3. Florida A&M 5-2 110 4 4. Grambling State 4-2 86 5 5. Albany State 7-1 64 3 6. Tuskegee 6-2 62 9 7. Southern 4-2 38 7 8. Morgan State 5-2 36 6 9. Shaw 7-2 31 10 10. Alabama A&M 4-3 20 6 Other receiving votes: Bowie State (6-3) 17, Virginia Union (6-3) 9, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-2) 7, North Carolina A&T (4-3) 7, Elizabeth City State (6-3) 5, Alabama State (4-3) 5, Fayetteville State (6-3) 4, Benedict (6-3) 4, Langston (7-2) 1, Norfolk State (3-4) 1, Jackson State (2-5) 1.

—————————— —————————— —————— BOXTOROW.COM/BASN HBCU COACHES FCS TOP 10 POLL (Records through Saturday’s games) School W-L Pts LW 1. South Carolina State (15) 6-1 149 1 2. Prairie View A&M (1) 5-1 130 2 3. Florida A&M 5-2 120 5 4. Grambling State 4-3 100 4 5. Alabama A&M 4-3 72 8 6. Morgan State 5-2 52 3 7. Southern 4-3 46 6 8. North Carolina A&T 4-3 33 NR 9. Tennessee State 3-4 31 9 10. Arkaknsas-Pine Bluff 4-2 27 NR (tie) Alabama State 4-3 27 NR Other receiving votes: Hampton (3-4) 9, Alcorn State (2-4) 8, Norfolk State (3-4) 7, Delaware State (2-4) 6, Texas Southern (2-4) 1, Jackson State (2-5) 1.