HSRN Football Poll

Hartly, DE — Virginia State captured the top Division 2 position in the Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) Division 2 poll with their 21-17 win over Winston-Salem State in the CIAA  Championship. While North Carolina A&T remained on top of the FCS-Division 1 poll with their win at Savannah State.

In FCS-Division 1, the Aggies of North Carolina A&T (9-2) maintained their top poll position and their drive toward the MEAC title with a 34-0 win over Savannah State. Alcorn State (9-2) continues their drive toward the SWAC Championship game with a 56-6 shellacking of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Southern (8-3) moved into third place coasting past Miss. Valley State by a score of 44-13.

South Carolina State (7-4), Bethune-Cookman (8-3) and Grambling State (7-4) all took losses and dropped to fourth, fifth and sixth respectfully. Morgan State’s (6-5) upset of South Carolina State (24-21) vaulted them from tenth to seventh. North Carolina Central (6-5), Alabama State (6-5) and Texas Southern (6-5) round out the top ten.

On the last week-end of the season, #1 North Carolina A&T and #8 North Carolina Central will face-off in the “Battle of I-85” for what may determine the MEAC Championship.

FCS – Division I

School (First Place Votes) Record Prev
1 North Carolina A&T Aggies (4) 9-2 1
2 Alcorn State Braves (3) 9-2 2
3 Southern Jaguars 8-3 6
4 South Carolina State Bulldogs 7-4 3
5 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 8-3 4
6 Grambling State Tigers 7-4 5
7 Morgan State Bears 6-5 10
8 North Carolina Central Eagles 6-5 7
9 Alabama State Hornets 6-5 8
10 Texas Southern Tigers 5-6 9
Others: Prairie View A&M-20; Tennessee State-15

In Division 2, it was championship week-end. Virginia State (9-2) captured the CIAA Championship with a 21-17 win over Winston-Salem State (9-2) and Tuskegee (9-2) outlasted Albany State (7-3) in a 47-41 shoot-out for the SIAC Championship. NCAA play-off bids will be forthcoming.

All other D-2 poll spots remained the same.

Division II

School (First Place Votes) Record Pts Prev
1 Virginia State Trojans (6) 9-2 92 3
2 Tuskegee Golden Tigers (3) 9-2 89 2
3 Winston-Salem State Rams (1) 9-2 82 1
4 Albany State Golden Rams 7-3 70 4
5 Virginia Union Panthers 7-3 62 5
6 Miles Golden Bears 6-4 54 6
7 Ft. Valley State Wildcats 6-4 46 7
8 Bowie State Bulldogs 5-5 38 NR
9 Fayetteville State Broncos 5-5 36 8
10 Morehouse Maroon Tigers 6-4 19 NR
Others:
J.C. Smith-17; Edward Waters-16; Livingstone-15.

 

Major losses causes shakeup in BOXTOROW Polls

A&T remains No. 1 and controls is destiny

Boxtorow.com

There were quite a few losses amongst the top 10 teams in the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls which made for major shifts in the polls.

North Carolina A&T and Alcorn State both won and remained 1 and 2 in the coaches poll.  With South Carolina State, Bethune-Cookman and Grambling losing, Southern moved up three spots to No. 3.

Despite losing to Hampton 40-35 in perhaps the weekend’s biggest upset, B-CU was the only team that did not drop in the poll, remaining No. 4.  South Carolina State’s loss to Morgan State dropped them two spots to No. 5.

B-CU and SCSU losses have created some potential chaos in the MEAC.  Grambling’s loss to Alabama State snapped its seven-game winning streak and dropped the Tigers three spots to No. 7.

In the media poll, Virginia State’s 21-17 victory over Winston-Salem State in the CIAA championship game gave them a significant boost in the poll, moving up six spots to No. 4.  This is the highest ranking ever in the poll for the Trojans.  Southern also made a significant leap, moving up four spots to No. 3.

Alcorn State received three first place votes – compared to one last week – and closed its deficit slightly with No. 1 North Carolina A&T, the Aggies fourth week in the top spot.

North Carolina A&T controls its own destiny and can win the MEAC championship outright if they defeat arch-rival North Carolina Central Saturday on the road in Durham.  If not, they will at the very least share the crown with NCCU and possibly Bethune-Cookman, South Carolina State and Morgan State if all three of those teams win.

Meanwhile the NCAA Division II Playoffs begin Saturday.  Virginia State will play at LIU Post and Tuskegee will play at West Georgia.

The BOXTOROW HBCU FCS coaches and media polls are administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW.  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.

2014 BOXTOROW FCS HBCU Football Coaches Poll
Week 12

(Records through November 15, 2014)

Rank School W-L Pts. Last Week
1. North Carolina A&T (17) 9-2 188 1
2. Alcorn State (2) 9-2 172 2
3. Southern 8-3 140 6
4. Bethune-Cookman * 8-3 100 T-4
5. South Carolina State 7-4 97 3
6. Alabama State 6-5 92 7
7. Grambling State 7-4 90 T-4
8. Morgan State 6-5 78 10
9. North Carolina Central 6-5 65 8
10. Prairie View A&M 5-5 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Tennessee State (5-6) 9, Texas Southern (5-6) 4, Norfolk State (4-7) 1.

2014 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll
Week 12

(Records through November 15, 2014)

Rank School W-L Pts. Last Week
1. North Carolina A&T (14) 9-2 167 1
2. Alcorn State (3) 9-2 151 2
3. Southern 8-3 114 7
4. Virginia State 9-2 86 10
5. Bethune-Cookman* 8-3 84 3
6. Tuskegee 9-2 82 8
7. South Carolina State 7-4 70 5
8. Grambling State 7-4 64 6
9. Winston-Salem State 9-2 57 4
T-10 Morgan State 6-5 21 NR
T-10 North Carolina Central 6-5 21 NR

Others receiving votes: Albany State (7-3) 16, Langston (7-3) 2.

*2013 BOXTOROW National Champion

 

Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Major Division Football Top 10 Poll Rankings – Week 12

Released 11/17/14

Rank Team & Mascot Record FPV Points PWR
1 North Carolina A&T Aggies (9-2, 6-1) 7 91 2
2 Alcorn State Braves (9-2, 7-1) 3 87 5
3 Southern Jaguars (8-3, 7-1) 1 84 6
4 South Carolina State Bulldogs (7-4, 5-2) 83 1
5 @-Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (8-3, 5-2) 82 3
6 Grambling State Tigers (7-4, 7-1) 81 4
7 Morgan State Bears (6-5, 5-2) 45 7
8 Alabama State Hornets (6-5, 5-4) 42 8
9 North Carolina Central Eagles (6-5, 5-2) 21 9
10 Prairie View A&M Panthers (5-5, 5-4) 19 NR

FPV = First Place Votes; PWR = Previous Week Ranking; NR = Not Ranked

@ Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
@ 3C 2013 HBCU Football Major Division National Champion
Dropped Out: Norfolk State Spartans (4-7, 4-3)
Receiving Votes: N/A

 

Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Mid-Major Division Football Top 10 Poll Rankings – Week 12

Released 11/17/14

Rank Team & Mascot Record FPV Points PWR
1 Virginia State Trojans (9-2, 7-0) 5 103 3
2 @ Winston-Salem State Rams (9-2, 7-0) 3 102 1
3 Tuskegee Golden Tigers (9-2, 7-0) 2 94 2
4 Langston Lions (7-3, 5-0) 2 87 5
5 Albany State Golden Rams (7-3, 7-0) 80 4
6 Virginia Union Panthers (7-3, 5-2) 39 6
7 Miles Golden Bears (6-4, 5-2) 26 7
8 Morehouse Maroon Tigers (6-4, 4-3) 21 8
9 Fort Valley State Wildcats (6-4, 4-3) 13 9
10 Fayetteville State Broncos (5-5, 5-2) 9 10

FPV = First Place Votes; PWR = Previous Week Ranking; NR = Not Ranked
@ Winston-Salem State Rams
@ 3C 2013 HBCU Football Mid-Major Division National Champion
Dropped Out: N/A
Receiving Votes: Livingstone Blue Bears (5-5, 2-5)-2, Bowie State Bulldogs (5-5, 5-2)-1



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