By Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil and Guest Columnist
Inside the HBCU Huddle Columnists
College Sporting News
HBCU 2013 Major Division Football Top 10 Poll
Name of institution, record in parentheses, first-place votes, total points, previous week ranking, last week opponent and next week opponent:
Name-Record-1PV-Points-PWR-Last Game-Next Game-(10/17/13-10/20/13)
1. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats-(5-1)-(5)-103-1-(Defeats Howard Bison,(27-6), vs-Savannah State Tigers)
2. #-Tennessee State Tigers-(6-1)-(4)-102-2-(Defeats Jacksonville State Gamecocks,(31-15), at-UT-Martin Skyhawks)
3. S. C. State Bulldogs-(5-2)-(3)-99-3-(Defeats N. C. Central Eagles,(44-3), Open)
4. Jackson State Tigers-(5-2)-79-5-(Defeats Miss. Valley State Delta Devils,(26-17), vs-Grambling State Tigers)
5. Alabama State Hornets-(5-2)-62-6-(Defeats Prairie View A & M Panthers,(48-42/OT), Open)
6. Alcorn State Braves-(5-2)-59-8-(Defeats Grambling State Tigers,(48-0), at-Texas Southern Tigers)
7. N. C. A&T Aggies-(3-2)-56-4-(Lost to Hampton Pirates,(31-26), vs-Delaware State Hornets)
8. Prairie View A & M Panthers-(4-3)-38-7-(Lost to Alabama State Hornets,(48-42/OT), vs-Miss. Valley State Delta Devils)
9. N. C. Central Eagles-(3-3)-21-9-(Lost to S. C. State Bulldogs,(44-3), vs-Morgan State Bears)
10. Southern Jaguars-(3-3)-14-10-(Defeats Alabama A&M Bulldogs,(20-17/2OT), at-Arkansas-P. B. Golden Lions)
Dropped Out: N/A
Receiving Votes: N/A
PWR = Previous Week Ranking, 1PV = 1st Place Votes, LG = Last Game
# = 2012 HBCU Football Major Division National Champion
Major Division = Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)
The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats will host the Savannah State Tigers (1-6, 0-3) in week eight. The Tigers defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, (5-2, 1-2), 31-15, in Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) action. The Tigers are one of only two undefeated teams in the OVC after week seven and earned four first-place votes and 102 points in the HBCU football poll rankings as they continue to close in on the Wildcats at the top spot. The second ranked Tennessee State Tigers will travel to face the Tennessee Martin Skyhawks (4-2, 2-1) this week.
The third ranked Bulldogs of South Carolina State (5-2, 3-0) have won five straight games after losing their opening two contests, including the last two over major division ranked HBCU football programs. The No. 3 Bulldogs, with a score of 44-3, pounded the No. 9 North Carolina Central Eagles (3-3, 1-1) on a nationally televised broadcast Thursday night game on ESPNU. The Bulldogs earned an additional first-place vote this week and with 99 points and three first-place votes will have an open week to prepare for a huge MEAC road contest against the No. 1 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. The No. 9 Eagles of North Carolina Central will host the Morgan State Bears (1-5, 1-1) this week.
The Jackson State Tigers have moved up one spot in the rankings to No. 4 in this week’s rankings with 79 points. The Tigers have won five straight games and are undefeated in SWAC action. The Jackson State Tigers (5-2, 5-0) traveled to the Delta and defeated their instate rivals, 26-17, the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (1-5, 1-3). The Tigers will host the winless Grambling State Tigers (0-7, 0-4).
To round out the top five in Dr. Cavil’s 2013 HBCU Major Division Poll Rankings, the No. 5 Alabama State Hornets (5-2, 4-1) also move up one spot with 62 points after running past the No. 8 Prairie View A&M Panthers (4-3, 3-2) in an overtime thriller, 48-42/OT. The Hornets are open in week eight has they prepare for the Alabama A&M Bulldogs (2-5, 2-3) in the Magic City Classic in Birmingham, AL. The eighth ranked Panthers will host the Delta Devils for their homecoming game this Saturday.
The No. 6 Alcorn State Braves (5-2, 3-1) and No. 7 North Carolina A&T Aggies (3-2, 1-2) are going in opposite directions. The Braves have won their second straight game, while the Aggies have lost their second straight. The Alcorn State Braves are coming off of dominating performance over the winless Grambling State Tigers, 48-0. The Aggies on the other hand surprisingly lost on the road, 31-26, to the previous winless Hampton Pirates (1-5, 1-1). The Aggies will host the Delaware State Hornets (2-4, 2-1) who are coming off a hard fought victory, 14-7, over the Norfolk State Spartans (2-4, 2-1). The Braves will travel to Houston, as a homecoming opponent, to take on the Texas Southern Tigers (1-5, 1-4) who are coming off of earning their first win of the season over the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (0-6, 0-4).
The No. 10 Southern Jaguars (3-3, 3-1) remained in the tenth spot after defeating, 20-17/OT, the Alabama A&M Bulldogs (2-5, 2-3) in a thunderstorm and lightning delayed overtime game. The Jaguars will travel to face the winless Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (0-6, 0-4). 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 seven.