By Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil and guest Demetrius Gatewood
Inside the HBCU Huddle Columnist
College Sporting News
HBCU Major Division Top 10 – Week 11
Rank Team & Mascot Record FPV Points PWR
1 Jackson State Tigers (8-2) - 94 2
2 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (8-2) 12 112 1
3 @ Tennessee State Tigers (8-3) - 101 4
4 Alcorn State Braves (8-3) - 66 6
5 S. C. State Bulldogs (7-3) - 57 3
6 Southern Jaguars (6-4) - 28 8
7 Alabama State Hornets (6-4) - 82 5
8 N. C. A&T Aggies (5-4) - 53 7
9 Delaware State Hornets (4-5) - 13 10
10 Prairie View A&M Panthers (5-5) - 27 9
FPV = First Place Votes; PWR = Previous Week Ranking; NR = Not Ranked
@ Tennessee State
@ = TSPN & 3C 2012 HBCU Football Major Division National Champion
Dropped Out: N/A
Receiving Points: Morgan State Bears-(4-6)-2, Hampton Pirates-(4-6)-1
Norfolk State Spartans upset former No. 1 ranked Bethune-Cookman: The new No. 1 Jackson State Tigers host the No. 4 Alcorn State Braves
The Jackson State Tigers are the new No. 1 ranked team in week 11 of Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Major Division poll rankings. The Tigers (8-2, 8-0) defeated, 26-20, the Alabama A&M Bulldogs (3-7, 3-5) and clinched the Eastern Division of the SWAC for a spot in the SWAC Championship Game in Houston at Reliant Stadium on Saturday, December 7. The Tigers earned seven first-place vote and 105 points in the poll rankings. The Jackson State Tigers will host the No. 4 Alcorn State Braves this weekend. This game was previously the Capital City Classic before the Braves at the end of the last contract decided moved the series back to a home and home campus contest. With that being the case, the game moves back to Jackson this year and features a matchup between two top five teams.
The Alcorn State Braves (8-3, 6-2) pounded, 50-35, the No. 10 Prairie View A&M Panthers (5-5, 4-4). The fourth ranked Braves received 82 points in the poll rankings. The loss by the Panthers clinched the SWAC Western Division for the No. 6 ranked Southern Jaguars. So, the Southern Jaguars will face the Jackson State Tigers for the SWAC Football Championship.
The No. 2 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (8-2, 5-1) were upset, 27-24, at home by the Norfolk State Spartans (3-7, 3-3) to open the race back up in the MEAC. While, the Wildcats fall out of the top spot, they still held onto five first-place votes and 100 points in the poll rankings. The Wildcats will host the red hot Hampton Pirates (4-6, 4-2) this Saturday. The Pirates defeated the North Carolina Central Eagles (4-6, 2-4), with the win, the Pirates have won four of their last five.
The third ranked Tennessee State Tigers (8-3, 5-2) get back to the winning side of the ledger after losing two straight, defeating, 31-6, the winless Austin Peay Governors (0-10, 0-6). The Tigers will close out the regular season hosting the Murray State Racers (5-5, 3-3). The No. 3 Tennessee State Tigers received 89 points this week.
The No. 5 South Carolina State Bulldogs (7-3, 5-1) had to came from behind in the second half to defeat, 25-21, the Florida A&M Rattlers (3-7, 2-4). The Bulldogs round out the top five positions in the rankings with 68 points. The Bulldogs will host the equally hot Morgan State Bears (4-6, 4-2), winners of four of their last five games.
The Bears defeated the No. 8 North Carolina A&T Aggies (5-4, 2-4) last Saturday, 25-24, with a game winning field goal after setting up for the kick with one second on the clock. The Aggies will host the Savannah State Tigers (1-10, 0-7). The Tigers are coming off of a lost to the Howard Bison (4-6, 3-4), their eighth straight loss, and seventh consecutive conference loss this season.
The No. 6 Southern Jaguars (6-4, 6-2) had to come from behind to defeat the No. 7 Alabama State Hornets (6-4, 6-2), 31-28. The Jaguars will host the Division II (Mid-Major) program, Clark-Atlanta Panthers (3-6, 1-5) of the SIAC this Saturday. The Hornets will travel to the Delta to tangle with the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (2-8, 2-6). The Delta Devils are come off of a 20-17 home win over the Texas Southern Tigers (2-8, 2-7). The No. 9 Delaware State Hornets (4-5, 4-2) did not play last weekend. The Hornets will travel to Tallahassee to face the Florida A&M Rattlers (3-7, 2-4).
There were no teams falling out of the top 10 poll rankings this week. There were two teams just outside of Dr. Cavil’s Top 10 poll rankings receiving points in week 11. The Morgan State Bears (4-6, 4-2) received two points and the Hampton Pirates (4-6, 4-2) received one point.