Bethune-Cookman returned to the 2016 HBOB for the 11th time (PRNewsFoto/Honda)

As we count down the remaining days left until kickoff, the publishing of preseason polls, preseason all-conference teams, lists of top players to watch and other forms of punditry continue to surface with new and creative angles.

And that’s just for football.

However, while determining last year that (HBCU) marching band is a sport, HBCU Sports introduced a new preseason HBCU band poll that celebrates the sounds, pageantry and tradition HBCU marching bands provide to the college football landscape.

Subjective preseason polls, like this one, have no impact whatsoever on the actual results we will witness as the season progresses. We get that. But they are fun, entertaining and tend to lead to a profusion of emotionally charged social media debates.

So, let the debating begin.

HBCU Sports presents the 2nd annual Preseason Top 15 HBCU Band Poll for 2016.

1. Bethune-Cookman
2. Jackson State
3. Southern
4. Tennessee State
5. North Carolina A&T
6. Florida A&M
7. Alabama A&M
8. Norfolk State
9. Texas Southern
10. Prairie View A&M
11. Alabama State
12. Miles College
13. Alcorn State
14. Grambling
15. Talladega College


  1. HAIL WILDCATS! They know a show when they see one. Straight lines, crisp 90s on the field. Of course if you didn’t go to the school you wouldn’t agree. Everybody is biased. But of course I agree. lol Wildcat Nation stand up!


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