Jackson State and Benedict College retain top spots in Week 10 HBCU-PRO Sports Media Association Top Ten Football Poll.

The HBCU Sports-Pro Media Association members voted and released its Week 10 HBCU Football’s Major and Mid-Major poll results.

For the first time in the pre- and regular season football polls there was a unanimous number one team in the Major and Mid-Major division.  The Jackson State Tigers (9-0, 6-0) and Benedict College Tigers (10-0, 7-0) received all first-place votes in the Major and Mid-Major poll, respectively.

Jackson State has been the top team the entire season and recently defeated Texas Southern 41-14 to clinch a tie for the SWAC East division and their 15th consecutive SWAC football game. The teams ranked two through four, Florida A&M, North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T State, all remained in place following wins this past week.  

Alabama State and Prairie View A&M swapped 5th and 6th place spots after the Hornets won their game against Bethune-Cookman 37-22 and the Panthers lost to Alcorn State 23-16 in overtime. The Braves re-entered the Top 10 ranked 9th. Delaware State also re-joined the Top 10 ranked 7th after their overtime win over defending MEAC champion South Carolina State 27-24. Despite losses, Southern and Texas Southern dropped to 8th and 10th, respectively.

Benedict College continues to make history every week this season as the Tigers’ improved to 10-0 for the first-time in school history. They defeated cross-town rival Allen University 54-21 and will host 4th ranked Tuskegee University in the SIAC Championship game this upcoming Saturday. The Golden Tigers needed overtime to defeat Miles College 26-23 for their 8th consecutive win in front of 35,000-plus fans who returned home to Tuskegee for their first home game in two years.

Virginia Union defeated rival Virginia State 33-21 to keep their 2nd place ranking and NCAA Playoff hopes alive despite not playing for the CIAA Championship this weekend. Fayetteville State moved from 5th to 3rd after a 14-6 win over Winston-Salem State. The Broncos will play in the CIAA Championship for the 4th consecutive year.

Fort Valley State defeated Albany State 31-21 in the Fountain City Classic to move into 5th place ahead of the Golden Rams who dropped three spots to 6th place. The win propelled the Wildcats into the discussion for a spot into the NCAA Playoffs following the most recent NCAA Regional rankings where they are ranked 7th.  

Bowie State, Langston, Virginia State and West Virginia State round out the Top 10.

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 10:

MAJOR DIVISION (20 Voters)

RANK SCHOOL POINTS  FIRST PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK
  1 Jackson State (9-0) 200 20   1
  2 Florida A&M (7-2) 172   2
  3 North Carolina Central (7-2) 164   3
  4 North Carolina A&T (6-3) 139   4
  5 Alabama State (6-3) 125   6
  6 Prairie View A&M (5-4)   84   5
  7 Delaware State (5-4)   75 NR
  8 Southern University (5-4)   44    7
  9 Alcorn State (4-5)   39 NR
10 Texas Southern (4-5)   22    8

Others Receiving Votes (points in parentheses): Hampton University (10)
Dropped Out of Top Ten: Hampton University, Howard University

MID-MAJOR DIVISION (20  Voters)

RANK SCHOOL POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK
  1 Benedict College (10-0) 200 20   1
  2 Virginia Union (9-1) 175     2
  3 Fayetteville State (8-2) 144     5
  4 Tuskegee University (8-2) 143   4
  5 Fort Valley State (8-2)   128   6
  6 Albany State (7-3) 105   3
  7 Bowie State (6-4)   61   9
  8 Langston University (6-3)   53   8
  9 Virginia State (6-4)   48   7
10 West Virginia State (6-4)   34 NR

Others Receiving Votes (points in parentheses): Lane College (11)
Dropped Out of Top Ten: Lane College

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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