By Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil and Guest Demetrius Gatewood
Inside the HBCU Huddle Columnists
College Sporting News
HBCU Major Division Top 10 – Week 12
Rank Team & Mascot Record FPV Points PWR
1 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (9-2) 12 112 2
2 @ Tennessee State Tigers (9-3) - 101 3
3 Alcorn State Braves (9-3) - 66 4
4 Jackson State Tigers (8-3) - 94 1
5 S. C. State Bulldogs (8-3) - 57 5
6 Southern Jaguars (7-4) - 28 6
7 Alabama State Hornets (7-4) - 82 7
8 N. C. A&T Aggies (6-4) - 53 8
9 Delaware State Hornets (5-5) - 13 9
10 Howard Bison (5-6) - 27 NR
FPV = First Place Votes; PWR = Previous Week Ranking; NR = Not Ranked
@ Tennessee State
@ = TSPN & 3C 2012 HBCU Football Major Division National Champion
Dropped Out: Prairie View A & M Panthers-(5-6)
Receiving Points: Prairie View A & M Panthers-(5-6)-5, N. C. Central Eagles-(5-6)-4
The MEAC’s Bethune-Cookman Wildcats Regain the No. 1 Ranking: Alcorn State Braves defeat rival Jackson State Tigers in regular season finale
The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (9-2, 6-1) regained the number one ranking after mauling, 42-12, the Hampton Pirates (4-7, 4-3) this past Saturday. The Wildcats earned nine first-place votes and 107 points in the poll rankings. The Wildcats will close out their regular season against their in-state rival, the Florida A&M Rattlers (3-8, 2-5), in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Classic in Orlando. The Rattlers are entering the game after a loss to the Delaware State Hornets (5-5, 5-2).
The No. 2 Tennessee State Tigers (9-3, 6-2) closed out their regular season with a solid win over the Murray State Racers (5-6, 3-4). The Tigers defeated the Racers, 17-10 and are waiting during this open week to see if they have done enough to earn an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs. The No. 2 Tennessee State Tigers received three first-place votes and 98 points this week.
The third ranked Alcorn State Braves (9-3, 7-2) move up one spot in this week’s rankings. The fourth ranked Jackson State Tigers (8-3, 8-1) dropped three spots from their one week reign in the top spot after a lost to their in-state rival, the No. 3 Braves, 48-33. The Alcorn State Braves close out the regular season with a huge win over the Tigers in Jackson, MS. The Braves earned 86 points in the poll rankings.
The No. 4 Tigers after closing out the regular season will have three weeks to stir over this loss before playing in the SWAC Championship Game in Houston at Reliant Stadium on Saturday, December 7. The Tigers earned 85 points in this week’s HBCU Major Division poll rankings.
Closing out the top five teams in the Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Major Division poll rankings are the South Carolina State Bulldogs (8-3, 6-1) soundly pounded, 38-3, the Morgan State Bears (4-7, 4-3), who had won four of their last five games before the loss to the Bulldogs. The No. 5 Bulldogs round out the top five positions in the rankings with 63 points.
The Bulldogs will travel to play the Norfolk State Spartans (3-8, 3-4) to close out the regular season. The Bulldogs are tied with the Wildcats for first place in the MEAC, but would lose the head to head tie-breaking based on a loss to the Wildcats earlier this season. The Bulldogs will seek to add to a win to their resume this week in hopes of impressing FCS playoff selection committee, if they are unable to obtain the conference’s automatic bid.
The No. 6 Southern Jaguars (7-4, 7-2) hammered, 53-0, the Clark-Atlanta Panthers (3-7, 1-5), a Division II (Mid-Major) program in the SIAC. The Jaguars will take a week off to prepare for their annual grudge match against the Grambling State Tigers (1-10, 1-7) in the 40th Bayou Classic. The Tigers lost to the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions this past weekend, 45-42.
The No. 7 Hornets (7-4, 7-2), the No. 8 North Carolina A&T Aggies (6-4, 3-4), and the No. 9 Delaware State Hornets (5-5, 5-2) remain in the same position in week 12. The Hornets defeated, 19-7, the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (2-9, 2-7). The Hornets will take a week off before they play in the annual Turkey Day Classic against a new opponent this season, the Stillman Tigers (6-4, 3-3) of the SIAC.
The Howard Bison (5-6, 3-4) enter into the poll at the tenth spot this week after defeating, 40-6, the Texas Southern Tigers (2-9, 2-7). The Bison will travel to play the Hampton Pirates (4-7, 4-3) this week. There Prairie View A&M Panthers (5-6, 4-4) fell out of the top 10 poll rankings. There were two teams just outside of Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Major Division top 10 poll rankings receiving points in week 12. The Prairie View A&M Panthers (5-6, 4-4) received five points, while the North Carolina Central Eagles (5-6, 3-4) received four points.