Bulldogs don’t lose their bite

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 11, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — For the fourth straight week, South Carolina State (4-1) is the top team in the latest editions of the Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU coaches and media Top 10 polls.

The Bulldogs were again a unanimous choice in the coaches’ top ten while they garnered 18 of 19 first-place votes in the media poll. Grambling State (4-1) is ranked second in both polls.

The Bulldogs earned their second-straight MEAC victory of the season this past weekend with a 34-13 victory over Norfolk State in Orangeburg. They’ve now won an MEAC record 21-straight games against MEAC opponents dating back to the 2007 season.

As for this week’s coaches’ poll, No. 3 Bethune-Cookman (5-0), No. 4 Jackson State (4-1) and No. 5 Hampton (4-1) all maintained their positions from last week, as did No. 6 Alcorn State (3-2).

Texas Southern (3-3) moved up three spots to No. 7 this week and is tied with Tennessee State (3-3), who maintained its position from a week ago. Florida A&M remained at No.9, while Norfolk State dropped to No. 10.

On the media side, No. 3 Albany State (6-0) and No. 5 Tuskegee maintained their spots. Bethune-Cookman (5-0) moved up four spots to No. 4, while Jackson State jumped up three spots to No. 6.

With its loss to Saint Augustine’s Winston-Salem State dropped from No. 3 to No. 7, while Morehouse’s loss to Tuskegee dropped them from No. 7 to No. 9. Hampton and Alcorn State enter the poll at No. 8 and No. 10, respectively.

The best defense in the MEAC will take on the most high-powered offense in the league when South Carolina State hosts Bethune-Cookman this Saturday.

Other key games include Hampton hosting Norfolk State in the Battle of the Bay, Grambling hosting Alcorn State, and Fort Valley State hosting Tuskegee.

The Boxtorow.com/BASN poll is a collaboration between DWCommunications, LLC parent company of FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW w/ Donal Ware 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 HBCU Media Top 10 Poll (Records through October 11) School W-L Pts LW

1. South Carolina State (18) 4-1 189 1 2. Grambling State 4-1 178 2 3. Albany State (1) 6-0 139 4 4. Bethune-Cookman 5-0 119 8 5. Tuskegee 5-1 111 5 6. Jackson State 4-1 75 9 7. Winston-Salem State 6-1 72 3 8. Hampton 4-1 45 NR 9. Morehouse 5-1 37 7 10. Alcorn State 3-2 24 NR Others receiving votes: Saint Augustine’s 21, Florida A&M 16, Tennessee State 16, Prairie View A&M 9, Fort Valley State 5, Norfolk State 1.

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Boxtorow.com/BASN FCS HBCU Coaches Top 10 Poll (Records through October 11) School W-L Pts LW

1. South Carolina State (17) 4-1 170 1 2. Grambling State 4-1 153 2 3. Bethune-Cookman 5-0 135 3 4. Jackson State 4-1 121 4 5. Hampton 4-1 109 5 6. Alcorn State 3-2 55 6 7. Texas Southern 3-3 51 10 (tie) Tennessee State 3-3 51 7 9. Florida A&M 2-3 43 9 10. Norfolk State 2-3 24 8

Others receiving votes: Prairie View A&M 18, N.C. Central 5, Southern 4, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3, Alabama State 3, Morgan State 3, Alabama A&M 2.