By Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil and guest Jasmine Oliver
CSN Inside the HBCU Huddle Columnist
College Sporting News
Although faced with their second loss of the season, the Tennessee State Tigers, (8-2), still remain No. 1 on the countdown. The Tigers lost to Murray State 49-28, but will have time to regroup due to an open weekend this Saturday.
The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, (7-2). continue to stand strong in the No. 2 position after they went on the road and defeated the Morgan State Bears, 24-13. The Wildcats will head back on the road to face the Savannah State Tigers next.
At No. 3 is the Arkansas Pine-Bluff Golden Lions, (7-2), who dominated the Tigers during Texas Southern University’s homecoming, 49-3. The Golden Lions will play the Grambling State Tigers on the road this weekend.
The No. 4 Alabama State Hornets, (6-3), defeated the Prairie View Panthers, 35-21, after trailing 14-0. The Hornets will continue their two week conference road trip, traveling to Louisiana to face the Southern Jaguars.
The Jaguars are coming off a road lost to the No. 5 Alabama A&M Bulldogs, (7-2), 24-23, in overtime after missing an extra point after a touchdown. The Bulldogs will travel to Mississippi to take on the No. 8 Jackson State Tigers for control over the SWAC Eastern Division. The Jackson State Tigers, (5-4), overwhelmed the Tigers of Grambling State, 53-17. The win marked the first regular season victory over GSU since 2004.
At No. 6 is the North Carolina Central Eagles, (6-3), who narrowly defeated the No. 9 Delaware State Hornets, 23-20 in a double overtime affair. The Eagles will travel to Tallahassee to take on the Florida A&M Rattlers, while the Hornets will hosts the Hampton Pirates this weekend.
The Howard Bison, (6-3), defeated the Hampton Pirates, 20-10. Howard will head outside of conference competition this week and travel to face a non-HBCU program in the Georgia Southern Eagles. Remaining at No. 10 is the North Carolina A&T State Aggies, (5-4). The Aggies defeated the Florida A&M Rattlers, 16-3, as they prepare to take on the South Carolina State Bulldogs this weekend.
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Name-Record1PV-Points-PWR-(Last Game-Next Game October 25-27)
1. Tennessee State Tigers-(8-2)-(5)-101-1-(Lost to Murray State Racers,(49-28), Open)
2. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats-(7-2)-(4)-99-2-(Beat Morgan State Bears,(24-13), at-Savannah State Tigers)
3. Arkansas at P. B. Golden Lions-(7-2)-(3)-96-3-(Beat Texas SOuthern Tigers,(49-3), vs-Grambling State Tigers)
4. #-Alabama State Hornets-(6-3)-85-4-(Beat Prairie View A&M Panthers,(35-21), at-Southern Jaguars)
5. Alabama A & M Bulldogs-(7-2)-64-5-(Beat Southern Jaguars,(24-23/OT), at-Jackson State Tigers)
6. N. C. Central Eagles-(6-3)-61-7-(Beat Delaware State Hornets,(23-20/2OT), at-Florida A&M Rattlers)
7. Howard Bison--(6-3)-53-8-(Beat Hampton Pirates,(20-10), at-Georgia Southern Eagles)
8. Jackson State Tigers-(5-4)-32-9-(Beat Grambling State Tigers,(53-17), vs-Alabama A&M Bulldogs)
9. Delaware State Hornets-(5-4)-17-6-(Lost to N. C. Central Eagles,(23-20/2OT), vs-Hampton Pirates)
10. N. C. A&T State Aggies-(5-4)-16-10-(Beat Florida A&M Rattlers,(16-3), vs-S. C. State Bulldogs)
Dropped Out: N/A
Receiving Votes: S. C. State Bulldogs-(4-5)-12
PWR = Previous Week Ranking, 1PV = 1st Place Votes, LG = Last Game
# = Alabama State Hornets, 2011 Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Mid-Major Division Football Champion
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