Jackson State and Virginia Union Remain Atop Week Three HBCU-PSMA Football Polls
The HBCU Sports-Pro Media Association members voted and released their Week 3 HBCU Football’s Major and Mid-Major poll results.
For the second consecutive week, the Jackson State Tigers (3-0) dominated the Major division polls as they did their opponent. After securing a 66-24 victory over Grambling State, the Tigers remain the unanimous choice among voters. North Carolina Central (3-0) remained in second place following an impressive road victory over formerly 25th-ranked University of New Hampshire.
Moving up two spots over two teams that were idle are the unbeaten Hampton Pirates (3-0), who won The Battle of The Bay against their rival Norfolk State 17-7. The Pirates will begin conference play in the CAA, in which they are one-of-eight schools receiving national recognition.
For the second consecutive week, two new teams entered the Major division poll. Alcorn State (1-2) comes in ranked sixth after defeating McNeese State 30-19. It’s the first victory for a SWAC school against McNeese St in 16 games. Delaware State (2-1) made their debut in the poll ranked 7th. Prairie View A&M (1-2) dropped from 4th to 9th place after losing to Incarnate Word at home. Grambling (1-2) and Southern (1-2) dropped out of the poll following tough losses to Jackson State and Texas Southern (1-2), respectively.
In their first week on top of the Mid-Major poll, Virginia Union (3-0) opened the conference schedule with a 42-6 road victory at Livingstone and again earned the most first-place votes among the pollsters. Also receiving first-place votes and remaining in second was Albany State (2-1) who got a 42-20 non-conference road victory over Shorter. Benedict (3-0) leap-frogged Fort Valley State (3-0) from 4th to 3rd after a nationally televised 24-6 win over Savannah State on Thursday evening, while the Wildcats narrowly defeated Allen 29-27. Both teams earned first-place votes.
Bowie State (1-2) dropped for the second consecutive week, this week moving from 5th place to 9th following a 17-14 loss to Shaw in the final minute of the game. Langston (3-0), Fayetteville State (2-1), Virginia State (2-1), and West Virginia State (2-1) all moved up a spot in the polls. Bluefield State (2-1) entered the poll for the first time after defeating Central State 27-23.
Pollsters comprise a cross-section of HBCU media members, including eight different media organizations. These voters cover all four HBCU football-playing conferences, and reside in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut.
Poll Results – Week 3:
Major Division (first place votes in parenthesis)
- Jackson State 200 (20)
- North Carolina Central 167
- Hampton University 150
- Alabama State 124
- South Carolina State 114
- Alcorn State State 74
- Delaware State 71
- Arkansas-Pine Bluff 56
- Prairie View A&M 40
- Florida A&M 36
Mid-Major Division (first place votes in parenthesis)
- Virginia Union 182 (12)
- Albany State 165 (5)
- Benedict College 158 (1)
- Fort Valley State 147 (2)
- Langston University 119
- Fayetteville State 96
- Virginia State 75
- West Virginia State 51
- Bowie State 34
- Bluefield State 28
Receiving Votes: Shaw University 20
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Prepared by HBCU-PSMA member Bryan Fulford of the Black College Sports Network