By// Donal Ware
The No. 1-vs- No. 2 showdown between the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and Tennessee State Tigers on Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla. has yielded a new top dog.
With the 21-14 victory, the Tigers moved into the No. 1 spot of both the Boxtorow National Media and Coaches’ Polls.
The Tigers received 15 of 20 first-place votes from the media and were a unanimous selection of the coaches, receiving all 17 first-place votes.
The Tigers have moved up in both polls each week.
In the coaches’ poll, the Wildcats dropped to No. 3, while the Alabama A&M Bulldogs who also are undefeated, moved up to No. 2 this week after their 42-13 beating of Texas Southern on Saturday.
Howard was idle, but moved up two spots to No. 4, while the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions made the most significant leap from No. 10 to No. 5 this week after their 24-21 victory over Alabama State on Thursday. With the loss, the ASU dropped to No. 8 from No. 4 last week.
Meanwhile in the media poll, Alabama A&M is No. 2 and received five first-place votes. The defending Boxtorow champion Winston-Salem State Rams remained at No. 3 and are the other undefeated team after defeating Virginia Union 35-6 on Saturday. The Rams received one first place vote.
Defending SIAC champion Miles entered the poll this week at No. 9 after its 41-6 win over Albany State.
This is the first time TSU has claimed the top spot in either poll since Boxtorow began administering the coaches’ poll in 2009 and the media poll in 2007. It also is the highest ranking in each poll for both Howard and UAPB.
South Carolina State, off to a 1-3 start, is hanging on in both polls at the No. 10 spot. The Jackson State Tigers dropped out of both polls this week after a 28-21 loss to Southern.
|1||Tennessee State (15)||4-0||203||T-3|
|2||Alabama A&M (5)||4-0||182||2|
|3||Winston-Salem State (1)*||4-0||156||T-3|
|10||South Carolina State||1-3||38||7|
Other receiving votes: Fort Valley State (3-1) 21, Saint Augustine’s (3-1) 21, Florida A&M (2-2) 19, Tuskegee (2-1) 17, Jackson State (1-3) 10, North Carolina A&T (2-1) 10, Bowie State (3-1) 6, North Carolina Central (2-2) 1.
|1||Tennessee State (17)||4-0||170||2|
|6||North Carolina A&T||2-1||77||7|
|7||Norfolk State **||2-2||62||5|
|10||South Carolina State||1-3||31||8|
Others receiving votes: North Carolina Central (2-2) 7, Jackson State (1-3) 6, Morgan State (1-2) 5, Southern (1-2) 2.
*Defending HBCU National Champion (Media)
** Defending HBCU National Champion (Coaches)
The Boxtorow HBCU FCS Coaches’ poll is administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW and is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches. The Media poll is voted on by top media members around the country who cover HBCU sports.