Jackson State and Virginia Union Remain Atop HBCU-PSMA Football Polls For Third Straight Week

The HBCU Sports-Pro Media Association members voted and released their Week 4 HBCU Football’s Major and Mid-Major poll results.

Jackson State and North Carolina Central remained unbeaten through four games and in the top two spots of the Major division of the HBCU-PSMA poll.  Moving up three spots from last week is the Alcorn State Braves who defeated UAPB 38-21 thanks to an impressive rushing performance by co-SWAC Offensive Player of the Week/Newcomer of the Week, Jarveon Howard, who had 295 rushing yards and 4 TDs.  Prairie View A&M and Florida A&M each moved up four spots from the bottom of the poll to the middle of the poll after wins against a pair of Alabama schools.  PVAMU beat Alabama State 25-15 and FAMU beat Alabama A&M 38-25.

The top five teams in the Mid-Major polls remained unchanged, led by the Virginia Union Panthers, who did pick up three more first-place votes. In fact, six of the top seven teams from last week all won their contests last week.  Shaw University (2-2) moved into the Top 10 at number eight after a 35-16 win over ECSU. Lane College (2-2) moved back into the poll at the number 10 spot.

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, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. 

Poll Results – Week 4:


  1 Jackson State 200 20   1
  2 North Carolina Central 180   2
  3 Alcorn State 142   6
  4 Hampton University 130   3
  5 Prairie View A&M 127   9
  6 Florida A&M   86 10
  7 Alabama State   56   4
  8 South Carolina State   44   5
  9 Delaware State   43   7
10 Arkansas Pine-Bluff   39   8

Receiving Votes: None
Dropped Out of Top Ten: None


  1 Virginia Union 192 15   1
  2 Albany State 164   3   2
  3 Benedict College 163   2   3
  4 Fort Valley State 147   4
  5 Langston University     108   5
  6 Virginia State   97   7
  7 Bowie State   59   9
  8 Shaw University   41 RV
  9 Fayetteville State   40   6
10 Lane College   25 NR

Receiving Votes: Savannah State 19, West Virginia State 14, Tuskegee University 13
Dropped Out of Top Ten: Bluefield State, West Virginia State

About the HBCU Pro-Sports Media Association

Founded in 2020, the HBCU-Pro Sports Media Association is an organization that includes (but not limited to) journalists, photographers, broadcasters, reporters, editors, and sports-information directors dedicated to the coverage and support, both on and off the field, of historically black college sports and HBCU alumni athletes who become professionals. For more information, log onto www.hbcuprosportsmedia.com.

Prepared by HBCU-PSMA member Bryan Fulford of the Black College Sports Network

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