By Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil and Guest Columnist Demetrius Gatewood
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HBCU Major Division Top 10 – Week 14
Rank Team & Mascot Record FPV Points PWR
1 @ Tennessee State Tigers (10-3) 7 105 2
2 Alcorn State Braves (9-3) 3 97 3
3 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (10-3) 2 89 1
4 Jackson State Tigers (8-3) - 76 4
5 Southern Jaguars (8-4) - 70 6
6 S. C. State Bulldogs (9-4) - 49 5
7 Alabama State Hornets (8-4) - 46 7
8 N. C. A&T Aggies (7-4) - 36 8
9 Prairie View A&M Panthers (6-6) - 26 NR
10 Howard Bison (6-6) - 24 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: N/A
Receiving Points: N/A
The MEAC (BCU & SCSU lose) still winless since 1999, TnSU Tigers win in Playoffs
Alabama State wins Turkey Day Classic, Southern wins Bayou, SWAC Championship next
The Tennessee State Tigers (10-3, 6-2) First Round FCS playoff victory over the Butler Bulldogs (9-4, 7-1) has pushed the Tigers to the No. 1 spot in the poll rankings. The Tigers went on the road and defeated the Bulldogs, 31-0, last Saturday. The Tigers have earned a trip to face the Eastern Illinois Panthers (11-1, 8-0) this Saturday. This game is a rematch from a conference game played earlier this year. The Panthers defeated the Tigers in that game, 34-16. The No. 2 Tennessee State Tigers received seven first-place votes and 105 points this week.
Although the Alcorn State Braves (9-3, 7-2) did not play this week as their season is complete. The No. 2 Braves earned three first-place votes and 97 points in the poll rankings. The Braves moved up in this week’s HBCU Major Division poll rankings to No. 2 after a disappointing First Round FCS playoff outing by the previous No. 1 ranked Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.
The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (10-3, 7-1) dropped to No. 3 in the poll rankings after a crushing defeat in the First Round of the playoffs. The Wildcats were drubbed, 48-24, by the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (11-2, 4-1) this past Saturday. The Wildcats earned two first-place votes and 89 points.
The fourth ranked Jackson State Tigers (8-3, 8-1) did not play this week. The Tigers took the week off to prepare for the 2013 Toyota SWAC Championship Game this Saturday. The No. 4 Tigers will face the No. 5 Jaguars in the SCG in Houston, TX at 1pm CT. The Southern Jaguars (8-4, 8-2) pounded, 40-17, the Grambling State Tigers (1-11, 1-8) in the 40th Bayou Classic. The SWAC Championship Game will feature a matchup between two teams, Jackson State Tigers and Southern Jaguars, ranked in the top five of Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Major Division Poll Rankings.
The No. 6 Alabama State Hornets (8-4, 7-2) end their season with a come from behind win, defeating, 41-28, the Division II HBCU Mid-Major program, the Stillman Tigers (6-5, 3-3) of the SIAC in the 90th annual Turkey Day Classic. The sixth ranked Hornets were losing 28-21 in the third quarter before running of 20 unanswered points to complete the comeback win.
The South Carolina State Bulldogs (9-4, 7-1) slid to No. 7 after a home loss to the Furman Paladins (8-5, 6-2) of the Southern Conference in the First Round of the NCAA FCS playoffs. The Bulldogs lost to the Paladins, 30-20 dropping them from fifth in the poll last week to seventh in week 14.
The eighth, ninth, and tenth rank teams all did not play this week as their respective seasons have all come to an end after last Saturday. They are as follows: No. 8 North Carolina A&T Aggies (7-4, 4-4), the No. 9 Prairie View A&M Panthers (6-6, 5-4), and the No. 10 Howard Bison (6-6, 4-4).
There were no teams falling out of the top 10 poll rankings this week. There were not any teams outside of Dr. Cavil’s Top 10 poll rankings receiving points in week 14.