Changes at the top

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 18, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — After a crazy weekend that saw several teams within the Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU coaches and media Top 10 football polls lose — including No. 1 South Carolina State — a change at the top was inevitable. The Tigers of Grambling State (5-1) now sit atop both editions of the Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU coaches and media polls.

They used a five touchdown performance from running back Frank Warren (29 carries, 202 yards) to defeat Alcorn State 38-28 last weekend and attain the No. 1 spot. Rod Broadway’s squad received eight of the 15 first-place votes in the coaches poll and 16 of the 23 first-place nods in the media top 10. The Tigers are idle this week, but they’ll return to action on October 23rd when they travel to Greenville, Miss to face the Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State. The undefeated Wildcats of Bethune Cookman (6-0), who defeated previous No. 1 South Carolina State last weekend, are number two in both polls. Not only did Bethune post their first MEAC road shutout since 2000 (a 33-0 victory at Howard), they also snapped SCSU’s conference record 21-game winning streak. The Wildcats travel to North Carolina Central (2-4) on Saturday in Durham. They’ll look to move to 7-0, a mark that hasn’t been reached since 2002, their last MEAC Championship season. That game is set for a 2:00 p.m. EST kickoff. Jackson State (5-1), Hampton (5-1), and the aforementioned Bulldogs (4-2) make up the rest of the coaches’ top five at three, four, and five respectively. The remainder of the poll has Texas Southern (3-3) sixth, Florida A&M (3-3) seventh, Alcorn State (3-3) drops from sixth to eighth, Prairie View A&M (4-3) rejoins the poll at nine, and Tennessee State (3-4) is 10th. As for the media poll, Albany State (7-0), South Carolina State, and Jackson State are third, fourth, and fifth respectively. The rest of poll includes Winston-Salem State (7-1) sixth, Hampton seventh, Morehouse (6-1) is eighth, Tuskegee (5-2) and Saint Augustine’s College (6-1) debuts this week at No. 10. The football weekend gets started on Thursday night again this week as Alcorn State hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Jack Spinks Stadium on ESPNU. 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 FCS HBCU Coaches Top 10 Poll (Records through October 18th) School W-L Pts LW 1. Grambling State (8) 5-1 143 2 2. Bethune-Cookman (7) 6-0 140 3 3. Jackson State 5-1 110 4 4. Hampton 5-1 103 5 5. South Carolina State 4-2 96 1 6. Texas Southern 3-3 57 T7 7. Florida A&M 3-3 46 9 8. Alcorn State 3-3 39 6 9. Prairie View A&M 4-1 31 NR 10. Tennessee State 3-4 19 T7 Others receiving votes: Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-3), 9, Morgan State (3-3) 4, Norfolk State (2-4) 2. ================================================================== Boxtorow.com/BASN HBCU Media Top 10 Poll (Records through October 18th) School W-L Pts LW 1. Grambling State (16) 5-1 231 2 2. Bethune-Cookman (5) 6-0 201 4 3. Albany State (2) 7-0 184 3 4. South Carolina State 4-2 142 1 5. Jackson State 5-1 119 6 6. Winston-Salem State 7-1 107 7 7. Hampton 5-1 92 8 8. Morehouse 6-1 66 9 9. Tuskegee 5-2 40 5 10. Saint Augustine’s 6-1 34 NR Others receiving votes: Fort Valley State (6-1) 20, Florida A&M (3-3) 20, Prairie View A&M (4-3) 15, Alcorn State (3-3) 14, Texas Southern (3-3) 3, Shaw (5-2) 2, Norfolk State (2-4) 1.