The Winston-Salem State Rams remain No. 1 for the third-straight week with the media, edging out second place Norfolk State by one point this week. The Spartans, however, remain No. 1 among the coaches in the Boxtorow National HBCU Football Weekly Power Rankings polls.
Winston-Salem State received 13-of-20 first-place votes among the media, while Norfolk State received 9-of-13 first-place votes from the coaches.
In the media poll the top seven spots remained the same as last week with the Jackson State Tigers receiving one first-place vote, and finishing third while Bethune-Cookman, Alabama A&M, South Carolina State and Alabama State retained its No. 4 through No. 7 spots. Morehouse moved up to No. 8, while Florida A&M and Albany State, who both lost on Saturday, moved down one spot from last week to No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

?Not much was different in the coaches’ poll as Jackson State received four first-place votes and finished No. 2. Bethune-Cookman and Alabama A&M, remained No. 3 and No. 4 from last week, while Alabama State and South Carolina State each moved up one spot from last week to No. 5 and No. 6. Florida A&M dropped two spots to No. 7. Grambling State and Hampton remained No. 8 and No. 9, while Arkansas-Pine Bluff reentered the poll at No. 10.

Alabama State dropped to No. 6, while South Carolina State remains at No. 7. Grambling moved up one spot to No. 8. Hampton reentered the poll at No. 9, while the Howard Bison remained at No. 10. With Alabama A&M’s 17-15 victory over Prairie View A&M on Saturday, the Bulldogs will represent the Eastern Division in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championship game on Dec. 10 in Birmingham. The West still has to be decided and this Saturday’s matchup between Grambling and Southern in the Bayou Classic could be the decider. If Grambling defeats Southern they win the Western Division. If Southern wins then Arkansas-Pine Bluff would represent the West.
Central Interscholastic Athletic Assocation (CIAA) champion Winston-Salem State had a first round bye in the NCAA Division II Playoffs and will host California (Pa.) on Nov. 26. ?The HBCU Football National Champions will be announced in this year’s final poll which will be released on Dec. 12.

?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

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