For the third-straight week the Alabama State Hornets hold the No. 1 spot in the Boxtorow National HBCU media and coaches’ football power ranking polls. Alabama State received 19 of 23 first-place votes from the media and received 11-of 13 first-place votes from the coaches.

In the media poll spots No. 2 through No. 5 remained unchanged from last week with Norfolk State holding down the No. 2 spots for the third straight week, while also receiving three first-place votes. Jackson State is No. 3, South Carolina State is No. 4 and Winston-Salem State who received one first-place vote is No. 5.

The Albany State Golden Rams rebounded this week with a big 25-15 win over Morehouse and moved up two spots to No. 6 this week. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs came from behind to defeat Texas Southern 24-21 in an exciting nationally televised game on Thursday night and moved up two spots to No. 7 this week. The Bulldogs have won five-straight. Hampton dropped two spots to No. 8 this week after falling to Norfolk State 34-24 in the Battle of the Bay. Bethune-Cookman rose one spot to No. 9 and Morehouse fell three spots to No. 10.

Similar to the media poll, the coaches poll saw No. 2 through No. 4 last week remaining the same with Norfolk State (two first-place votes), Jackson State, and South Carolina State all retaining the same spots from last week.

Alabama A&M is No. 5, followed by North Carolina A&T who moves up two spots from last week to No. 6. Bethune-Cookman is No. 7, followed by Hampton at No. 8. The Morgan State Bears, winners of two-straight enter the poll for the first time this year at No. 9, while Florida A&M, who was not in last week’s poll reenters the poll at No. 10. This week’s key match-ups include Bethune-Cookman at Norfolk State on Oct. 19, while South Carolina State is at Florida A&M on Oct. 22.

FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW (Boxtorow) is a nationally syndicated sports talk radio show which places major emphasis on HBCU Sports. The voters in the media poll are comprised of some of the top media members in the country who cover HBCU football. The coaches’ poll is voted on by the FCS HBCU coaches. The media poll is in its fifth year and the coaches’ poll is in its third.


Donal Ware

Special to the AFRO