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Tennessee State Remains Undefeated, No. 1 in HBCU Football

Boxtorow HBCU Football Weekly Power Rankings

by Donal Ware
Special to the AFRO

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The Tennessee State Tigers did it again.  After a tough 40-28 victory on the road against Southeast Missouri, the Tigers retain the top spot in Boxtorow’s national media and coaches’ polls.

The Tigers remain undefeated and are now 3-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

The Tigers received 19 of 20 first place votes from the media and for the fourth-straight week were a unanimous selection of the coaches.

In the coaches’ poll, there were some changes in the top five. Previously unbeaten Alabama A&M (AAMU) fell to Alcorn State 21-20 and last week’s No. 4 Howard fell to North Carolina A&T 38-10. AAMU fell two spots to No. 4 this week, while the Howard fell three spots to No. 7.

The North Carolina Central Eagles have won three-straight games and moved up three spots to No. 5 this week after their 24-20 victory over the Morgan State Bears, who dropped out of the poll. The Delaware State Hornets also moved up three spots to No. 6 after defeating South Carolina State 31-17 on Oct. 13.

University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (UAPB) moved up two spots to No. 3, while Bethune-Cookman (No. 2) and North Carolina A&T (No. 9) each moved up one spot. Florida A&M reentered the rankings at No. 10.

Saturday’s losses also affected the media poll as defending champion Winston-Salem State, Bethune-Cookman, and Miles College each moved up one spot to No. 2, No. 3, and No. 8, respectively. UAPB and Miles each moved up two spots to No. 5 and No. 6. Howard fell four spots to No. 9, while Alabama State with its 37-34 loss to Jackson State also fell four spots to No. 10.

After entering the top rankings for the first time ever, the Eagles made the most significant leap, from No. 10 last week to No. 7.

The Boxtorow HBCU FCS coaches’ and media polls are administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW. HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches vote in the coaches’ poll and media members around the country who cover HBCU football participate in the media poll.
 

2012 Boxtorow HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll
Week 7
(Records through October 13)

 

 

 

Rank  School W-L Pts. LW
1 Tennesse State (19) 7-0 199 1
2 Winston-Salem State (1)* 7-0 167 3
3 Bethune-Cookman 4-2 150 4
4 Alabama A&M 6-1 133 2
5 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4-2 97 7
6 Miles College 6-1 86 8
7 North Carolina Central  4-2 67 10
8 Tuskegee 5-1 69 9
9 Howard 4-2 50 5
10 Alabama State 4-3 46 6

 

Other receiving votes: Fort Valley State (5-2) 8, Jackson State (3-4) 7, North Carolina A&T (3-3) 7, Delaware State (3-3) 6, Saint Augustine’s (4-3) 3, Morgan State (3-3) 2, Shaw (4-3) 2, Florida A&M (3-4) 1.

 

2012 Boxtorow FCS HBCU Football Coaches Poll
Week 7
(Records through October 13)

 

Rank  School W-L Pts. LW
1 Tennesse State (15) 7-0 150 1
2 Bethune-Cookman 4-2 132 3
3 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4-2 115 5
4 Alabama A&M 6-1 98 2
5 North Carolina Central 4-2 89 8
6 Delaware State 3-3 56 9
7 Howard  4-2 51 4
8 Alabama State 4-3 43 6
9 North Carolina A&T 3-3 41 10
10 Florida A&M 3-4 19 NR

 

Others receiving votes: Morgan State (3-3) 17, Southern (3-3) 5, Alcorn State (3-4) 2, Jackson State (3-4) 2.

*Defending HBCU National Champion (Media)