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Coaches vote SCSU gridders No. 1 in historic poll
One week after being named Black College Football national champions in the final BoxToRow.com/BASN HBCU Media Poll, the Bulldogs of South Carolina State representing the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, have now received that same nod from HBCU FCS coaches as well.
In fact, only five points (145-140) separated Buddy Pough’s bunch (10-2) from the Panthers of Prairie View A&M (9-1) in the final BoxToRow.com/BASN FCS HBCU Coaches Poll presented by Classics Sports Radio Network released on Monday.
Both teams had been 1-2 for most of the second half of the season. SCSU had been tabbed as the No. 1 team in both BTRC/BASN preseason polls.
Both teams went undefeated in respective conference play with SCSU posting eight-straight wins against MEAC competition.
As a matter of fact SCSU has won 19-straight conference games dating back to 2007.
Prairie View A&M produced nine wins versus fellow Southwest Athletic Conference opponents including a 30-24 victory over Alabama A&M in the SWAC Championship Game.
Both teams did share one common opponent — Grambling State.
Ironically, both the Bulldogs and Panthers defeated the Tigers by three points. The two-time MEAC champions defeated GSU 34-31 in the season opening MEAC-SWAC Challenge in Orlando.
Just over a month later, the Panthers would nip the Tigers 35-32 in the State Fair Classic in Dallas.
It was one of the team’s signature victories in a season that saw them win their first SWAC title since 1964.
The rest of the poll included Norfolk State (7-4) at six, Morgan State (6-5) seventh, Texas Southern (6-5) eighth, Southern (6-5) comes in at nine, and Hampton (5-6) rounds out the top ten.
All 23 of the HBCU FCS coaches were eligible to vote on a week-to-week basis and in the final poll.
FINAL BOXTOROW.COM/BASN HBCU COACHES FCS TOP 10 POLL presented by Classics Sports Radio Network (Records through December 12) Rank School W-L Pts LW