Benedict College takes over Mid-Major Division top spot in Week 9 HBCU-PRO Sports Media Association Top Ten Football Poll.

The HBCU Sports-Pro Media Association members voted and released its Week 9 HBCU Football’s Major and Mid-Major poll results.

The Jackson State Tigers continued their dominance over their opponents, the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and the HBCU-PSMA poll following a 35-0 victory over Southern, ranked 3rd in last week’s poll heading into the matchup, who now dropped to 7th place. JSU has been ranked 1st every week this season. Florida A&M remained in 2nd after winning their 14th consecutive home game defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 27-6 for homecoming.

North Carolina Central, North Carolina A&T State, Prairie View A&M and Alabama State all moved up one spot from the previous week following wins this Saturday. Texas Southern moved into 8th place after being just outside the Top 10 last week, and Howard moved into 10th place as the Bison sit in first-place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) after the first couple of weeks of conference play.

A seismic shake-up occurred in the Mid-Major poll as previously unbeaten Virginia Union lost their first game of the season to Chowan 26-21. The Panthers are still ranked nationally and in the NCAA Division-II regional rankings, but need to defeat their in-state rival Virginia State and get help from Chowan’s next opponent to have a chance to play for the CIAA championship. 

With the loss by Virginia Union, Benedict College remains the last unbeaten team in HBCU Division-II and the new first-place team in the Mid-Major football division poll.  The Tigers picked up nearly all the first-place votes this week after defeating Clark Atlanta 49-20 for homecoming. 

Benedict clinched a berth in the SIAC Championship game where they will face 4th-place Tuskegee, who moved up from 6th place this week. The Golden Tigers won their seventh consecutive game following a 28-7 victory over Kentucky State, and will finally host their first game of the season at newly renovated Cleve Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium on the campus of Tuskegee University for homecoming against Miles College.

Albany State stayed in the playoff race and moved up from 4th to 3rd place following a 31-7 victory over Morehouse. Fayetteville State remained in 5th place after they clinched their 4th consecutive CIAA Southern Division title with a 28-20 win over Shaw University. Fort Valley State dropped three spots to 6th place after losing 28-24 to Savannah State. Virginia State and Langston University swapped 7th and 8th spots after the Trojans won 48-21 over Lincoln (PA) and Lions lost 39-14 to Louisiana Christian. Bowie State and Lane College re-entered the Top 10 after the Bulldogs 36-29 win over Elizabeth City State and the Dragons 42-31 victory over Central State.

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 12 different states.

Poll Results – Week 9:

MAJOR DIVISION (20 Voters)

RANK SCHOOL POINTS  FIRST PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK
  1 Jackson State (8-0) 200 20   1
  2 Florida A&M (6-2) 175   2
  3 North Carolina Central (6-2) 151   4
  4 North Carolina A&T (5-3) 141   5
  5 Prairie View A&M (5-3) 123   6
  6 Alabama State (5-3)   93   7
  7 Southern University (5-3)   73   3
  8 Texas Southern (4-4)   61 NR
  9 Hampton University (4-4)   27   9
10 Howard University (3-5)   24 NR

Others Receiving Votes (points in parentheses): None
Dropped Out of Top Ten: South Carolina State, Tennessee State

MID-MAJOR DIVISION (20  Voters)

RANK SCHOOL POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK
  1 Benedict College (9-0) 199 19   2
  2 Virginia Union (8-1) 159   1   1
  3 Albany State (7-2) 147     4
  4 Tuskegee University (7-2) 141   6
  5 Fayetteville State (7-2)   139   5
  6 Fort Valley State (7-2)   91   3
  7 Virginia State (6-3)   77   8
  8 Langston University (6-2)   59   7
  9 Bowie State (5-4)   39 NR
10 Lane College (5-4)   27 NR

Others Receiving Votes (points in parentheses): West Virginia State (16)
Dropped Out of Top Ten: West Virginia State, Kentucky 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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