By Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil and Guest Demetrius Gatewood
Inside the HBCU Huddle Columnists
College Sporting News
HBCU Major Division Top 10 – Week 13
Rank Team & Mascot Record FPV Points PWR
1 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (10-2) 10 108 1
2 @ Tennessee State Tigers (9-3) 2 97 2
3 Alcorn State Braves (9-3) - 86 3
4 Jackson State Tigers (8-3) - 84 4
5 S. C. State Bulldogs (9-3) - 66 5
6 Southern Jaguars (7-4) - 50 6
7 Alabama State Hornets (7-4) - 42 7
8 N. C. A&T Aggies (7-4) - 36 8
9 Prairie View A&M Panthers (6-6) - 25 NR
10 Howard Bison (6-6) - 23 10
FPV = First Place Votes; PWR = Previous Week Ranking; NR = Not Ranked
@ Tennessee State
@ = TSPN & 3C 2012 HBCU Football Major Division National Champion
Dropped Out: Delaware State-(5-6)
Receiving Points: N/A
The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, Tennessee State Tigers, & South Carolina State Bulldogs Earn FCS Playoff Bids: In SWAC, Panthers defeat Golden Lions to end season at .500 mark
The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (10-2, 7-1) continue to hold the No. 1 poll ranking in week 13. The Wildcats defeated, 29-10, the Florida A&M Rattlers (3-9, 2-6) in the Florida Classic this past Saturday and are co-champions of the MEAC. The No. 1 Wildcats earned the MEAC automatic bid for the playoffs and will travel to face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (10-2, 4-1) of the Big South Conference this Saturday in the First Round. The Wildcats earned 11 first-place votes and 108 points.
The No. 2 Tennessee State Tigers (9-3, 6-2) were open this weekend after defeating the Murray State Racers (5-6, 3-4) two weeks ago. The Tigers were awarded an at-large bid by the NCAA FCS selection committee. The Tigers will travel to face the Butler Bulldogs (9-3, 7-1) in the FCS playoffs this Saturday. Tennessee State received two first-place votes and 97 points this week.
The third ranked Alcorn State Braves (9-3, 7-2) did not play this week as their season is complete. The No. 3 Braves earned 86 points in this week’s HBCU Major Division poll rankings. The No. 4 Tigers were open this weekend, as well. The Tigers will play in the SWAC Championship Game in Houston at Reliant Stadium on Saturday, December 7. The Tigers earned 85 points in the poll rankings.
Closing out the top five teams in the HBCU Major Division poll rankings are the South Carolina State Bulldogs (9-3, 7-1) defeating, 17-3, the Norfolk State Spartans (3-9, 3-5). The No. 5 Bulldogs round out the top five positions in the rankings with 66 points. The Bulldogs were rewarded with an at-large bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs and will host the Furman Paladins (7-5, 6-2) of the Southern Conference.
The No. 6 Southern Jaguars (7-4, 7-2) and the No. 7 Hornets (7-4, 7-2) did not play this week. The Jaguars will close out their regular season in the SWAC against the arch-rival, the Grambling State Tigers (1-10, 1-7) in the 40th Bayou Classic this Saturday before heading to Houston to play in the SWAC Championship Game the following week. The Hornets will host the Stillman Tigers (6-4, 3-3) of the SIAC in the annual Turkey Day Classic.
The No. 8 North Carolina A&T Aggies (7-4, 4-4) defeated their rivals, 28-0, the North Carolina Central Eagles (5-7, 3-5) to end their regular season on a high note. The ninth ranked Prairie View A&M Panthers (6-6, 5-4) entered back into the Top 10 poll rankings after defeating, 43-23, the Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions (3-8, 3-6) to close out this season’s campaign.
The No. 10 Howard Bison (6-6, 4-4) defeated the Hampton Pirates (4-8, 4-4) in the ‘Battle of the Real HU’ to end their season. The Bison had to go in the double overtime to defeat the Pirates 42-39.
The Delaware State Hornets (5-6, 5-3) fell out of the top 10 poll rankings.