Look who’s No. 1

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: November 15, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — There is a new No. 1 school atop the Boxtorow.com/BASN media and coaches polls for the fourth time this year.

With Grambling State’s stunning 41-34 overtime loss to Texas Southern and by virtue of Bethune-Cookman defeating Howard, the Wildcats become the new #1 this week.

The undefeated Wildcats (10-0) received 17 of 22 first-place votes in the media poll while receiving all 11 first-place nods in the coaches poll. As expected, the top five shifted a bit as well.

The only other undefeated team in Black College Football, Albany State (10-0) is second followed by the South Carolina State Bulldogs (8-2) at #3. Grambling dropped from the top spot to #4 while Texas Southern moved all the way up from #9 to # 5.

The remainder of the media poll has Tuskegee (8-2) moving up one spot to #6 while Morehouse (8-2) is #7. Shaw (8-2) won the CIAA Championship 14-7 over Virginia State Saturday and remains at #8, while Jackson State is #9 and Florida A&M (7-3) enters this week’s poll at #10.

Bethune-Cookman was a unanimous #1 amongst the coaches, while South Carolina State moved up one spot to #2. Texas Southern moved up a spot to #3, while Grambling dropped to #4 and Florida A&M remains at #5.

Jackson State is #6 and with Alcorn State’s loss to Prairie View A&M, Alabama State clinched the SWAC Eastern Division crown and is #7. Prairie View A&M and Hampton remained at #8 and #9, respectively.

Norfolk State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff are tied at #10.

Some big match-up’s take place this week as the Boxtorow.com Game of the Week features Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman in the Florida Classic on Saturday in a nationally televised showdown.

If Bethune-Cookman wins the Wildcats win the MEAC outright. If Florida A&M wins and South Carolina State loses to North Carolina A&T, then Florida A&M wins the MEAC. If Florida A&M wins and South Carolina State wins, then all three will share the MEAC crown.

The NCAA Division II Playoffs get underway this weekend as Shaw will play at Shepherd on Saturday while Morehouse will play at Wingate. Albany State will have a first round by and will host the winner of Morehouse/Wingate.

Texas Southern can win the SWAC Eastern Division with a win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff 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/BlackAthlete.com HBCU Media Top 10 Poll (Records through November 15th) School W-L Pts LW

1. Bethune-Cookman (17) 10-0 213 2 2. Albany State (4) 10-0 177 3 3. South Carolina State 8-2 172 4 4. Grambling State 8-2 162 1 5. Texas Southern 7-3 93 T9 6. Tuskegee 8-2 91 5 7. Morehouse 8-2 77 6 8. Shaw 9-2 68 8 9. Jackson State 7-3 61 7 10. Florida A&M 7-3 42 NR Also receiving votes: Alabama State (1) (7-3) 26, Saint Augustine’s (8-2) 15, Fort Valley State (8-2) 13, Winston-Salem State (8-2) 6, Prairie View A&M (6-4) 4.

============================== ========= Boxtorow.com/BlackAthlete.com FCS HBCU Coaches Top 10 Poll (Records through November 15th) School W-L Pts LW 1. Bethune-Cookman (11) 10-0 110 2 2. South Carolina State 8-2 95 3 3. Texas Southern 7-3 84 4 4. Grambling State 8-2 71 1 5. Florida A&M 7-3 65 5 6. Jackson State 7-3 50 7 7. Alabama State 7-3 46 6 8. Prairie View A&M 6-4 31 8 9. Hampton 5-5 14 9 10. Norfolk State 5-5 8 NR (tie) Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5-5 8 NR

Also receiving votes: Alcorn State (5-5) 1, Alabama A&M (3-7) 1.