Winston Salem, Bethune-Cookman Hold Top Spots in HBCU Football


After capturing their second-straight Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship with a 34-19 victory over Elizabeth City State Nov. 10, the Winston-Salem State Rams remained number one in the Boxtorow national media poll.

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats clinched the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship with a 49-7 victory Nov. 10 over Savannah State and remained atop the coaches poll. The Wildcats received 14 of 17 first place votes.

In the coaches poll, their was no change with the top four teams as Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alabama State, both winners on Saturday, remained Number 2 and Number 4, respectively. The Tennessee State Tigers who had the week off received the other three first-place votes and remained number three this week.

Jackson State and Delaware State, also both winners, moved up two spots to number five 5 and number six, respectively. Conversely, Alabama A&M and North Carolina Central dropped two spots to number seven and number eight after losses.

North Carolina A&T moved back in the poll at Number nine.

In the media poll the top seven spots remained the same as the Rams received 15 of 21 first place votes. Number two Bethune-Cookman received five first-place votes and number four Tennessee State received the other first-place vote.

Number five Tuskegee defeated Fort Valley State 55-24 in the (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) championship game in Atlanta, Ga. and knocked the Wildcats out of the poll.

Jackson State, winner of four-straight games, including a 35-21 victory over Alabama A&M, reentered the poll tied for number nine with North Carolina Central after a month hiatus.

The NCAA Division II national playoff begin Saturday as the Rams were awarded the top seed in Super Region One, and will receive a first-round bye. Miles will play at West Alabama, while Fort Valley State will play at Lenoir-Rhyne.

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

 

2012 Boxtorow HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll
Week 11
(Records through November 10)

 

Rank
School
W-L
Pts.
LW
1
Winston-Salem State (15)*
11-0
 198
1
2
Bethune-Cookman(5)
  8-2
 192
2
3
Akansas-Pine Bluff
  8-2
 160
3
4
Tennessee State(1)
  8-2
 158
4
5
Tuskegee
  9-1
 123
5
6
Alabama State
  7-3
   96
6
7
Alabama A&M
  7-3
   47
7
8
Miles
  8-2
   47
9
9
North Carolina Central
  6-4
   38
8
10
Jackson State
  6-4
   38
NR

Other receiving votes: Delaware State (6-4) 23, Howard (6-4) 14, Fort Valley State (8-3) 13, Elizabeth City State (7-4) 3, North Carolina A&T (6-4) 3.

 

 
2012 Boxtorow FCS HBCU Football Coaches Poll
Week 11
(Records through November 10)

 

Rank
School
W-L
Pts.
LW
1
Bethune-Cookman (14)
  8-2
 167
1
2
Akansas-Pine Bluff
  8-2
 147
2
3
Tennessee State (3)
  8-2
 143
3
4
Alabama State
  7-3
 118
4
5
Jackson State
  6-4
   91
7
6
Delaware State
  6-4
   72
8
7
Alabama A&M
  7-3
   63
5
8
North Carolina Central
  6-4
   50
6
9
North Carolina A&T
  6-4
   39
NR
10
Howard
  6-4
   30
9

Others receiving votes: Mississippi Valley State (4-6) 7, South Carolina State (4-6) 4, Florida A&M (4-6) 2, Norfolk State (4-7) 1.

*Defending HBCU National Champion (Media)

 

 

Winston Salem, Bethune-Cookman Hold Top Spots in HBCU Football

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