Jackson State and Benedict College remain unanimous top picks in HBCU-PRO Sports Media Association’s Week Eleven Top Ten Football Polls.

The HBCU Sports-Pro Media Association members voted and released its Week 11 HBCU Football’s Major and Mid-Major poll results. For the second consecutive week,  there was a unanimous number one team in the Major and Mid-Major division.  The Jackson State Tigers (10-0, 7-0) and Benedict College Tigers (11-0, 8-0) 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 Alabama A&M (3-7, 3-4) 27-13, in the Gulf Coast Challenge, to clinch the SWAC East Division and the right to host the SWAC Championship game, to be played on December 3rd.  The teams ranked two through four, Florida A&M (8-2, 6-1), North Carolina Central (8-2, 4-1) and North Carolina A&T State (7-3, 4-0), all remained in place following wins this past week.  For the first time all season, there were no new entries in the top ten of the poll, only the order changed.

The first change occurred at spot five, with Prairie View A&M (6-4, 5-2) claiming the position.  A win this Saturday by the Panthers will seal the SWAC West Division and a spot in the SWAC Championship game.  Southern (6-4, 4-3) comes in at number six in the poll.  The Jaguars will need some assistance to win the SWAC West.  They will have a bye this Saturday as they prepare to take on Rival Grambling State (3-7, 2-5)  in the Bayou Classic on November 26th.  Alabama State (6-4, 4-3) is seventh and has a bye this week, as they get ready to feast on Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-8, 0-7) during the Turkey Day Classic on Thanksgiving.  Texas Southern (5-5, 4-3) and Alcorn State (5-5, 4-3) are eight and nine, respectively.  Southern, Texas Southern, and Alcorn State will need a victory, along with a Prairie View A&M loss, to force the SWAC to utilize tie-breaker scenarios to determine the SWAC West Champion.  Delaware State (5-5, 2-3) completes the top ten.

There were no new entries in the Mid-Major Top Ten this week.  Benedict College (11-0, 8-0) made history again this week, with their dominating performance over previous #4 Tuskegee (8-3, 7-1) in the SIAC Championship Game.  The Tigers claimed the top seed in Super Region Two.  Not only is this their first playoffs appearance at the DII level, but it is the first #1 seed for an SIAC school, and the first for an HBCU since Winston-Salem State in 2012.  The Tigers will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs.  Fayetteville State (9-2, 8-1) claims the second position after their nail-biting victory over Chowan in the CIAA Championship Game.  The win was good enough to earn the Broncos an at-large berth in the playoffs.  They will travel to Cleveland, MS to battle Delta State on Saturday.  Virginia Union (9-1, 7-1) dropped to third, as they were idle this past Saturday.  They will host Wingate in the opening round of the playoffs on Saturday.  Fort Valley State (8-2, 6-2) took the fourth spot in our poll, but found themselves on the outside looking in, as the Wildcats did not make the playoffs.  Tuskegee dropped one position, to fifth, after being defeated in the SIAC Championship game.

Three of the next five teams in the poll were idle this past week, as their regular season is completed:  #6 Albany State (7-3, 5-2), #7 Bowie State (6-4, 5-3), and #9 Virginia State (6-4, 5-3).  All three teams maintained their ranking position from the previous week.  West Virginia State (7-4, 6-4) completed their regular season with a victory over Charleston (WV), 42-35.  Langston (6-4, 5-4) finished the back-half of a disappointing season with a loss to Southwestern Assemblies of God, 39-21.  West Virginia State and Langston swapped the eighth and tenth position in the poll.

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 11:

MAJOR DIVISION (20 Voters)

RANK SCHOOL POINTS  FIRST PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK
  1 Jackson State (10-0) 200 20   1
  2 Florida A&M (8-2) 171   2
  3 North Carolina Central (8-2) 164   3
  4 North Carolina A&T (7-3) 142   4
  5 Prairie View A&M (6-4) 116   6
  6 Southern University (6-4)   86   8
  7 Alabama State (6-4)   74   5
  8 Texas Southern (5-5)   52 10
  9 Alcorn State (5-5)   50   9
10 Delaware State (5-5)   28   7

Others Receiving Votes (points in parentheses): Howard University (16)
Dropped Out of Top Ten: None

MID-MAJOR DIVISION (20  Voters)

RANK SCHOOL POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK
  1 Benedict College (11-0) 200 20   1
  2 Fayetteville State (9-2) 168     3
  3 Virginia Union (9-1) 166     2
  4 Fort Valley State (8-2) 129   5
  5 Tuskegee University (8-3)   124   4
  6 Albany State (7-3) 100   6
  7 Bowie State (6-4)   64   7
  8 West Virginia State (7-4)   56 10
  9 Virginia State (6-4)   51   9
10 Langston University (6-4)   19   8

Others Receiving Votes (points in parentheses): Lane College (16)
Dropped Out of Top Ten: None

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 A.D. Drew of the Black College Sports Network and D2Football.com.

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