The Tennessee State Tigers again showed why they are the top team in HBCU (Historically Black College and University) football. With their 40-13 victory over last week’s No. 5 ranked University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (UAPB) in Nashville on Sept. 29, the Tigers keep the top spot in both the Boxtorow national media and coaches polls.

The Tigers received 19 of 21 first place votes from the media and were once again a unanimous selection of the coaches.

In the coaches’ poll, the Alabama A&M Bulldogs who are also undefeated remained at No. 2 this week after defeating Grambling State 38-17 on Sept. 29.

Bethune-Cookman and Howard remained at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively after big wins Sept. 29. Arkansas-Pine Bluff dropped to No. 6.

With Morgan State Bears’ 21-18 victory over North Carolina A&T Aggies, the Bears reentered the top 10 at No. 8, tied with the Aggies, who fell two spots from No. 6 last week.

In the media poll, the top four spots–Tennessee State, Alabama A&M, last year’s champion Winston-Salem State, and Bethune-Cookman–remained the same. Howard, Alabama State and defending Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Cconference (SIAC) champion Miles each moved up two spots from last week and are Nos. 5, 6, and 7 this week. UAPB dropped to No. 8, one point behind Miles.

The Tuskegee Golden Tigers moved into the poll for the first time in two years at No.10, while the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion Norfolk State Spartans dropped out of the poll.

The Boxtorow HBCU FCS coaches’ and media polls are administered by From The Press Box To Press Row, a nationally syndicated sports radio talk show. The coaches’ poll is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches and the media poll is voted on by media members around the country who cover HBCU football.


Donal Ware

Special to the AFRO