By Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil and Guest Columnist Demetrius Gatewood
Inside the HBCU Huddle Columnists
College Sporting News
The Jackson State Tigers hold onto win on the road over their inter-divisional conference rival, the Southern Jaguars. Dr. Cavil’s 2013 HBCU Major Division Poll Rankings reveal no new teams in the top 10, but several teams move in the bottom five positions. This week features a classic matchup in Atlanta Football Classic between two teams of the MEAC, ranked in the top five of the poll rankings.
Both the MEAC and the SWAC are getting into the heart of conference action as teams start to separate themselves in the chase for a conference championship. While the independent HBCU program Tennessee State of the Ohio Valley Conference begins conference play in earnest.
HBCU MAJOR DIVISION TOP 10 POLL – WEEK 5
Rank Team & Mascot Record FPV Points PWR
1 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (3-1) 6 103 1
2 N. C. A&T Aggies (3-0) 4 101 2
3 @ Tennessee State Tigers (4-1) 1 94 3
4 S. C. State Bulldogs (3-2) 1 91 4
5 Jackson State Tigers (3-2) -- 65 5
6 Alabama State Hornets (3-2) -- 53 7
7 Prairie View A&M Panthers (3-2) -- 52 9
8 Alcorn State Braves (3-2) -- 37 6
9 N. C. Central Eagles (2-2) -- 20 10
10 Southern Jaguars (2-3) -- 18 8
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 Votes: N/A
THE TOP FIVE SPOTS REMAIN THE SAME
The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (3-1, 0-0) continue to hold onto the No. 1 ranking, although they were open this past week as the Wildcats get prepared for their conference opener on the road versus the Delaware State Hornets (1-3, 1-0). The Hornets this past weekend held on for a tough road win, 24-22, over the Savannah State Tigers (1-4, 0-1). The Wildcats maintain their six first-place votes, but drop to 103 points in the poll rankings. The North Carolina A&T Aggies remain number two in week five of Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Major Division Poll Rankings, but lose to two first-place votes. The Aggies in this week’s poll rankings have four first-place votes and 101 points.
The No. 2 Aggies defeated the Howard Bison (1-3, 0-1) in the MEAC opener on ESPNU for a Thursday night showcase, 27-19; setting up an early MEAC showcase for teams positioning themselves for conference championship between the No. 2 Aggies (3-0, 1-0) and the No. 4 Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0). The South Carolina State Bulldogs won 30-6 over the winless Hampton Pirates (0-5, 0-1). The Bulldogs earned a first-place vote and 91 points. A battle between top five ranked programs will take place in Atlanta for the 25th Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic. The game will televised on ESPN3 live 2:30pm CT / ESPNU taped delayed at 9:30pm.
The No. 3 Tennessee State Tigers (4-1, 1-0) over matched and soundly defeated the Central State Marauders (Mid-Major Division) of the SIAC in the St. Louis Gateway Classic, 73-6. The Tigers also earn a first-place vote and earn 94 points. The Tigers will host the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks in Ohio Valley Conference action.
The No. 5 Jackson State Tigers (3-2, 3-0) closed out the top five teams in the poll rankings with 65 points. The Tigers went on the road in hostile territory and defeated their heated rivals in the No. 10 Southern Jaguars (2-3, 2-1), 19-14. The Tigers will host the Arkansas-P. B. Golden Lions (0-4, 0-2) in a 6:00pm CT kickoff. The Jaguars will try to regroup during their week off and prepare to host the Alabama A&M Bulldogs the following week.
The No. 6 Hornets (3-2, 3-1) defeated the No. 8 Alcorn State Braves (3-2, 2-1), 49-30, in a crucial SWAC Eastern Division matchup. The Alabama State Hornets will head to Houston to face the Texas Southern Tigers. The Tigers (0-4, 0-3) are winless this season. The Braves will host the Warner Southern Royals in a non-conference matchup.
The No. 7 Prairie View A&M Panthers (3-2, 2-1) go on the road and in a shootout defeat the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (2-3, 0-0) of the Southland Conference, 56-48. The Panthers will travel to Dallas next week to face the winless Grambling State Tigers (0-4, 0-3) in the State Fair Classic. The No. 9 North Carolina Central Eagles (2-2, 0-0) move up one spot although they did not play last weekend. The Eagles will travel to the nation’s capital to face the Howard Bison.
There were no teams falling out of the top 10 poll rankings this week and there were not any teams earning votes in the top 10 poll rankings in week five.