Media, Coaches say S.C. State is the new #1
Fuquay-Varina, NC – After knocking off Bethune-Cookman 26-18 on Saturday in Daytona Beach, FL the South
Carolina State Bulldogs were voted #1 this week in the Boxtorow HBCU
Football media and coaches polls.
The Bulldogs received all 24 first-place votes from the media while receiving 10 of 15 first place
votes from the coaches.
Jackson State, by virtue of Florida A&M and Grambling State losing and its 35-29 victory over Tennessee State in the Southern Heritage Classic, jumped from #5 to #2 this week.
Bethune-Cookman fell to #3, while Hampton with an impressive 23-17
victory over Florida A&M on Thursday on national television
jumped from #8 to #4. Albany State moved up one spot from last week
and rounds out the top five.
The remainder of the media poll sees Grambling State at #6, Florida A&M at #7, Alabama State dropping
one spot to #8, and despite its 55-12 loss to FBS opponent West
Virginia, Norfolk State remains at #9. Delaware State who is 2-0 and
came back from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat Shaw
31-27 on Saturday debuts at #10.
As for the coaches poll, Jackson State received two first-place votes and was voted to the second spot this
week while Hampton, who also received two first place votes, moved up
four spots from last week to #3. Bethune-Cookman received a
first-place vote and is #4, while Grambling falls three spots to #5.
Florida A&M is #6, followed by Norfolk State at #7. Alabama State remains #8 from last week, while
Tennessee Stated dropped one spot from #9. Delaware State also
debuts this week in the coaches poll and rounds out the top 10.
Top games in HBCU football this week includes Grambling at Alabama State, while Jackson State will travel
to Baton Rouge, LA to take on Southern (1-1).
FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW
(Boxtorow) is the nationally syndicated sports talk radio show which
places major emphasis on HBCU Sports. The voters in the media poll
are comprised of some of the top media members in the country who
cover HBCU football. The coaches poll is voted on by the FCS HBCU
coaches. The media poll is in its fifth year and the coaches poll is
in its third.