By Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil and Guest Columnist Demetrius Gatewood
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HBCU Major Division Top 10 – Week 3
Rank Team & Mascot Record FPV Points PWR
1 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (3-0) 7 113 1
2 N. C. A&T Aggies (2-0) 5 96 2
3 @ Tennessee State Tigers (2-1) - 91 3
4 S. C. State Bulldogs (1-2) - 85 6
5 Jackson State Tigers (1-2) - 68 4
6 N. C. Central Eagles (2-1) - 56 NR
7 Alcorn State Braves (2-1) - 51 NR
8 Alabama State Hornets (1-2) - 32 9
9 Southern Jaguars (1-2) - 25 NR
10 Prairie View A&M Panthers (1-2) - 16 7
FPV = First Place Votes; PWR = Previous Week Ranking; NR = Not Ranked
@ Tennessee State
@ = TSPN & 3C 2012 HBCU Football Major Division National Champion
Dropped Out: Alabama A&M Bulldogs-(1-2), Arkansas-P. B. Golden Lions-(0-3), Howard Bison-(1-2)
Receiving Votes: Florida A&M Rattlers-(1-2)-11
MEAC programs make a statement, Wildcats, Aggies, and Bulldogs: No. 1 BCU wins against FBS program, Alabama State and SU get in the win column
The No. 1 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats went on the road and punished the Florida International Golden Panthers, 38-13, picking up an FBS win. This is the third win over a FBS program or FBS transitional program for a MEAC member, as the North Carolina A&T Aggies defeated the Appalachian State Mountaineers last weekend. The Wildcats with 113 points and seven first-place votes will seek to take on a bigger challenge this week as the travel to Tallahassee to face the No. 8 Florida State Seminoles of the ACC. The No. 2 Aggies remain in second in the poll rankings after defeating the Elon Phoenix, 23-10. The North Carolina A&T Aggies with 96 points and five first place votes are open this weekend as they prepare to enter into MEAC action.
In the 24th John Merritt Classic, the No. 3 Tennessee State Tigers defeated the No. 5 Jackson State Tigers, 26-16, with the Tiger defense forcing six turnovers (5 INT). With a weekend open, the Tennessee State Tigers will gain an extra week to prepare as they enter into OVC play. The Jackson State Tigers will host the Texas Southern Tigers for a Thursday night game televised on ESPNU 6:30pm CT as the SWAC has a full slate of conference games this weekend.
The No. 4 South Carolina State Bulldogs mangled the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, 32-0. The South Carolina State Bulldogs will face their cross down rival in the No. 3 Benedict Tigers (Mid-Major Division) in the Palmetto Capital City Classic. The Bulldogs close out the top five teams in the poll rankings.
North Carolina Central enters back into the top 10 poll rankings at No. 6. The Eagles defeated the upstart football program in the Charlotte 49ers (a transitional FBS program), 40-13. The No. 6 North Carolina Central Eagles will host the Towson Tigers whom will play a MEAC member for the second consecutive week. Also entering into the poll rankings this week are the Alcorn State Braves after defeating their in-state foe the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, 35-28. The Braves are in the poll rankings for the first time this season at number seven.
The No. 8 Alabama State Hornets and the No. 9 Southern Jaguars earned big SWAC wins over the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions, 40-39, and No. 10 Prairie View Panthers, 62-59/2OT, respectively in narrow and wildly offensive showcases. In the Panthers versus Jaguars game, both offenses combined for just under 1,400 total yards. The Hornets will host the winless Grambling State Tigers, while the Jaguars will hit the road to face the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils. As the Panthers close out the top ten poll rankings with the final spot, they will seek to get back on track as the play their first home game of the season against the Alabama A&M Bulldogs.
Falling out of the top 10 poll rankings this week are the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions, and Howard Bison. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs lost to South Carolina State Bulldogs, 32-0. The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions lost to the Alabama State Hornets, 40-39, while the Howard Bison lost to the Old Dominion Monarchs, 76-19. The Florida A&M Rattlers received 11 points keeping them just outside of the top 10 poll rankings.