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HBCU GAMETIME: Majority Rules for Bethune-Cookman

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The HBCU sports season is officially on, and as host of the national sports talk radio show, From the Press Box to Press Row, I cover all the action on the games that showcase our Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCU GameTime will provide a weekly rundown on what’s happening on the field, and occasionally other sports-related topics. Let’s play!

Donal Ware, HBCU GameTime

Donal Ware, HBCU GameTime

Bethune-Cookman is still No. 1 in HBCU football, but fewer voters think so.

Despite losing 54-6 to Florida State, the No. 8 ranked team in the major FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) polls, the Wildcats still held on to the top spots in both the Boxtorow media and coaches’ polls.

In the coaches’ poll, the Wildcats received 12 of the 16 first place votes.  Tennessee State, who Bethune-Cookman defeated 12-9 in the first game of the season, received the other four first-place votes and finished No. 2.  The difference in margin is nine points compared to 28 points last week.

There were no major upsets last week and, as a matter of fact, six of the top 10 teams won games.  No. 3 North Carolina A&T was idle and retained its spot, while Howard was also idle, but dropped one spot to No. 10

The two will meet Thursday evening in an ESPNU televised MEAC contest in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Of significance, Southern entered the coaches’ poll for the first time ever in the five-year history of the poll, debuting at No. 9.

Meanwhile, in the media poll, the Wildcats received 13 of 16 first place votes, beating out No. 2 TSU by 18 points.  The Tigers received two first-place votes and North Carolina A&T received the other first-place vote, but dropped one spot to No. 4.  Winston-Salem State, coming off its 35-13 victory over previously No. 4 ranked Tuskegee, moved up two spots to No. 3.  Tuskegee dropped from No. 4 to No. 7.

Alcorn State debuts at No. 10 this week.

Conference play revs up this week and in addition to the Howard/N.C. A&T matchup, other key matchups include Alcorn State at Alabama State and Southern hosting Jackson State

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.

2013 Boxtorow FCS HBCU Football Coaches Poll
Week 4
(Records through September 21, 2013)

 

Rank School W-L Pts. Last Week
1. Bethune-Cookman (12)
3-1
155 1
2. Tennessee State (4)
3-1
146 T-2
3. North Carolina A&T
2-0
115 T-2
4. Jackson State
2-2
96 5
5. Alabama State
2-2
86 4
6. South Carolina State
2-2
85 6
7. Alcorn State
3-1
64 8
8. North Carolina Central
2-2
37 7
9. Southern
2-2
30 NR
10. Howard
1-2
29 9

 

Other receiving votes: Prairie View A&M (2-2) 25, Savannah State (1-3) 5, Florida A&M (1-3) 3.

 

2013 Boxtorow HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll

Poll #3
(Records through September 21, 2013)

 

Rank School W-L Pts. Last Week
1. Bethune-Cookman (13)
3-1
154 1
2. Tennessee State (2)
3-1
136 2
3. Winston-Salem State*
2-1
115 5
4. North Carolina A&T (1)
2-0
110 3
5. Jackson State
2-2
87 7
6. Alabama State
2-2
65 8
7. Tuskegee
2-1
60 4
8. South Carolina State
2-2
51 9
9. North Carolina Central
2-2
38 6
10. Alcorn State
3-1
27 NR

 

Other receiving votes: Johnson C. Smith (3-0) 11, Shaw (2-1) 8, Howard (1-2) 6, Florida A&M (1-3) 5, Southern (2-2) 2, Prairie View A&M (2-2) 1.

*Defending HBCU National Champion (Media)

You can follow Donal Ware on Twitter @dware1 and @boxtorow.