By Dr. J. Kenyatta Cavil and Guest Demetrius Gatewood
Inside the HBCU Huddle Columnist
College Sporting News
After a huge weekend of matchups between six top 10 teams, there were not any upsets, as the three higher ranked teams won. The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats remains the top ranked team in the poll rankings after defeating the then third ranked South Carolina State Bulldogs, 14-3. Tennessee State remains at No. 2, although they lost to the national ranked Eastern Illinois Panthers. There is only one matchup between two top 10 teams this week
HBCU Major Division Top 10 – Week 9
Rank Team & Mascot Record FPV Points PWR
1 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (7-1) 10 109 1
2 @ Tennessee State Tigers (7-2) 2 101 2
3 Jackson State Tigers (7-2) - 94 4
4 Alabama State Hornets (6-2) - 82 5
5 Alcorn State Braves (7-2) - 66 6
6 S. C. State Bulldogs (5-3) - 57 3
7 N. C. A&T Aggies (4-3) - 53 10
8 Southern Jaguars (4-4) - 28 7
9 Prairie View A&M Panthers (5-4) - 27 8
10 N. C. Central Eagles (4-4) - 13 NR
FPV = First Place Votes; PWR = Previous Week Ranking; NR = Not Ranked
@ Tennessee State
@ = TSPN & 3C 2012 HBCU Football Major Division National Champion
Dropped Out: Delaware State Hornets-(3-5)
Receiving Votes: N/A
Bethune-Cookman, Jackson State, and Alcorn State Make Statements: The Alabama State Hornets win Magic City Classic and stay in the SWAC Race
The No. 1 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (7-1, 4-0) scored an important and sound win, 14-3, over the No. 6 South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-3, 3-1) to take sole position of first place in the MEAC. The Wildcats earned an additional five first-place votes for a total of 10 and 109 points. The Wildcats will travel to No. 10 North Carolina Central Eagles (4-4, 2-2). The Bulldogs will travel to Georgia to take on the Savannah State Tigers (1-8, 0-5) this Saturday.
The Tennessee State Tigers (7-2, 4-1) lost to the Eastern Illinois Panthers (7-1, 4-0), 34-16, but still remain ranked second in the Major Division poll rankings. The second ranked Tennessee State Tigers after losing two first-place votes from last weekend’s poll rankings; received two first-place votes, and 101 points this week. The Tigers will try to rebound as they travel to face the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (5-3, 3-1) in key OVC contest.
The Jackson State Tigers, the Alabama State Hornets, and the Alcorn State Braves all in the Eastern Division of the SWAC each move up one spot in the poll rankings. The Tigers (7-2, 7-0) move up to number three in the rankings after defeating, 51-38, the No. 9 Prairie View A&M Panthers (5-4, 4-3) in the Shreveport Classic. The Tigers earned 94 points the poll rankings. Both the Tigers and Panthers have an open date this weekend.
The No. 4 Alabama State Hornets earned an impressive 31-7 win over their state rival, the Alabama A&M Bulldogs (2-6, 2-4) in the 72nd State Farm Magic City Classic. The fourth ranked Hornets (6-2, 6-1) earned 82 points in the poll rankings and will travel to face the FBS member Kentucky Wildcats of the SEC.
Rounding out the top five spots in the poll rankings, the No. 5 Alcorn State Braves (7-2, 5-1) have earned their highest ranking of the season with 66 points. The Braves earned a hard fought gut wrenching overtime, 23-17 win over the No. 8 Southern Jaguars (4-4, 4-2) to spoil the Jaguars homecoming. The Braves have won four straight games and will return home to host the Alabama A&M Bulldogs after winning the last three on the road. The Jaguars will travel Houston for their second Friday night lights game this season versus the Texas Southern Tigers (2-6, 2-5).
The No. 7 North Carolina A&T Aggies (4-3, 2-3) earn a tough hard fought road overtime win, 20-13 over the Florida A&M Rattlers (2-6, 1-3) in a homecoming matchup to stop their skid. The Aggies earned the victory over the Rattlers after losing three straight contests. The Aggies will host the unaffiliated Virginia-Lynchburg Dragons (2-5) as their homecoming opponents.
The No. 10 North Carolina Central Eagles (4-4, 2-2) enter back into the poll rankings after a week hiatus. The Eagles soundly defeated, 24-10, the Savannah State Tigers (1-8, 0-5) spoiling the Tigers homecoming contest. The Eagles will host the number one ranked Bethune-Cookman Wildcats this weekend.
The Delaware State Hornets (3-5, 3-2) fell out of the top 10 poll rankings this week after losing 30-7 to the Hampton Pirates (3-5, 3-1), winners of three straight conference games. There were not any teams outside of Dr. Cavil’s the Top 10 poll rankings receiving points in week nine.