Rumblings from within the top ten

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: September 20, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — While there isn’t a change at the top of this week’s editions of the Boxtorow.com/BASN FCS HBCU Coaches Top 10 Poll and the Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU Media Top 10 Poll, there are some changes from within. For then second straight week, South Carolina State (2-1) is the top team in both polls. The Bulldogs received all but two first-place votes in the coaches poll and got 18 of the 21 first-place nods in the media top 10. SCSU will be idle this week and will return to action on Saturday, October 2nd when they travel to Tallahassee to take on the Rattlers of Florida A&M in a MEAC battle from Bragg Memorial Stadium Following Prairie View A&M’s second straight loss last weekend, the Rattlers (2-1) have moved into the No. 2 slot in both polls. FAMU, who received a first-place vote in the media poll, will travel to Georgia this Saturday to meet Tennessee State in the Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic at the Georgia Dome. As for the Panthers (1-2), they dropped to No. 7 in both polls this week. They’ll look to bounce back this weekend at the State Fair Classic when they meet Grambling State at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The Tigers (1-1), who got their first win of the season in a home win against Jackson State, moved up two spots in both polls. GSU jumped from fifth to third in the coaches poll and from sixth to fourth in the media poll. The remainder of the coaches poll includes Norfolk State (2-1) at four, Alabama State (3-0) is fifth, Hampton (2-1) sits at sixth, and Jackson State (2-1) is eighth. Two teams — Texas Southern (1-2) and Bethune-Cookman (2-0) — made their debuts in this week’s coaches poll at ninth and 10th respectively. As for the media top 10, Winston-Salem (4-0) is third following their 48-7 win against Chowan. The rest of the poll includes Alabama State at five, Norfolk State at sixth, Albany State (3-0) debuts at eight, Tuskegee (2-1) is at nine while Morehouse (4-0) and Jackson State are tied at 10th. The Boxtorow.com/BASN poll is a collaboration between DWCommunications, LLC parent company of FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW and boxtorow.com and Black Athlete Sports Network. FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW is the nationally syndicated radio sports talk show which places major emphasis on HBCU Sports. BASN is the preeminent leader in the coverage of sports from an African-American perspective. The voters on the media poll are comprised of some of the top media members in the country who cover HBCU football. The media poll is in its fourth year and the coaches poll is in its second. Boxtorow.com/BASN FCS HBCU Coaches Top 10 Poll (Records through September 20) School W-L Pts LW 1. South Carolina State (13) 2-1 138 1 2. Florida A&M 2-1 128 3 3. Grambling State (1) 1-1 113 5 4. Norfolk State 2-1 93 6 5. Alabama State (1) 3-0 90 8 6. Hampton 2-1 49 10 7. Prairie View A&M 1-2 47 2 8. Jackson State 2-1 45 4 9. Texas Southern 1-2 27 NR 10. Bethune-Cookman 2-0 25 NR Others receiving votes: Southern (1-1) 21, Alcorn State (2-0) 14, Tennessee State (1-2) 10, Alabama A&M (1-2) 7, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-2) 7, Morgan State (1-2) 4. =============================================== Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU Media Top 10 Poll (Records through September 20) School W-L Pts LW 1. South Carolina State (18) 2-1 202 1 2. Florida A&M (1) 2-1 185 3 3. Winston-Salem State 4-0 132 5 4. Grambling State 1-1 119 6 5. Alabama State (2) 3-0 112 T9 6. Norfolk State 2-1 101 7 7. Prairie View A&M 1-2 96 2 8. Albany State 3-0 62 NR 9. Tuskegee 2-1 46 4 10. Morehouse 4-0 35 NR (tie) Jackson State 2-1 35 8 Others receiving votes: Hampton (2-1) 11, Southern (1-1) 8, Tennessee State (1-2) 8, Shaw (1-2) 8, Alcorn State (2-0) 2.