Jackson State remains unanimous top pick in HBCU-PRO Sports Media Association’s Week Eleven Top Ten Football Poll.

The HBCU-Pro Sports Media Association members voted and released its Week 12 HBCU Football Major poll results.  The Mid-Major final poll results will be released once all teams have completed their playoff games.  

Jackson State (11-0, 8-0) still sits atop of the Major poll, and has done so the entire season.  The Tigers defeated Alcorn State (5-6, 4-4) in the Soul Bowl,  24-13.  They will be off for the Thanksgiving break, as they prepare to host the SWAC Championship on December 3.  North Carolina Central (9-2, 4-1) finished the season with nine wins and will be idle until the Celebration Bowl, December 17 in Atlanta, GA, against the SWAC Championship game winner.  Florida A&M (9-2, 7-1) came in at third, but were disappointed that they did not make the FCS Playoffs, despite dominating Bethune-Cookman (2-9, 2-6) 41-20 in the Florida Classic.  The fourth team in the ranking is North Carolina A&T State (7-4, 4-1), who lost a defacto Big South Championship Game to Gardner-Webb, 38-17.  Southern (6-4, 4-3) had a bye but found new life when all three teams that needed to lose last week to allow the Jaguars an opportunity to play for the SWAC West title did lose.  Southern will face Grambling State (3-7, 2-5) in the Bayou Classic in New Orleans.  

Alabama State (6-4, 4-3) had a bye and will face Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-8, 0-7) in the The Turkey Day Classic on Thursday, and are sixth in the poll.  Prairie View A&M, who controlled their own destiny with a win this past Saturday, lost to Mississippi Valley State (2-9, 2-6) and paid the price in the ranking, dropping to seventh.  The Howard Bison (5-6, 4-1) won a share of the MEAC title with a victory over Morgan State (4-7, 2-3) to rise to eighth.  The door to an opportunity at the SWAC West title was opened to Alcorn State (5-6, 4-4) and Texas Southern (5-6, 4-4) when Prairie View A&M lost this past Saturday, but both teams also lost, and round out the Top Ten at nine and ten, respectively.  

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 12:

MAJOR DIVISION (20 Voters)

RANK SCHOOL POINTS  FIRST PLACE VOTES LAST WEEK
  1 Jackson State (11-0) 200 20   1
  2 North Carolina Central (9-2)  173   3
  3 Florida A&M (9-2) 167   2
  4 North Carolina A&T (7-4) 129   4
  5 Southern University (6-4) 111   6
  6 Alabama State (6-4)   99   7
  7 Prairie View A&M (6-5)   77   5
  8 Howard University (5-6)   49 NR
  9 Alcorn State (5-6)   37   9
10 Texas Southern (5-6)   35   8

Others Receiving Votes (points in parentheses): Alabama A&M University (13)
Dropped Out of Top Ten: Delaware State

MID-MAJOR DIVISION (20  Voters)

Note:  There was no vote in Week 12. Below is the most current poll from Week 11. The Mid-Major Division final poll will be released once all teams have completed their playoff games. 

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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