Alcorn State Jumps To The Top Of HBCU Football Polls

Alcorn State quarterback John Gibbs Jr. pushes through the UAPB defense during Saturday’s game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Gibbs ran for 3 touchdowns and passed for 2 as the Braves beat the Golden Lions 61-14. (Photo by Melissa Gerrits)Special to College Sports Journal

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. — Alcorn State is the top team in the BOXTOROW coaches and media polls.

 

The Braves had a resounding 61-14 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Little Rock on Saturday, the fourth win in a row for the Braves. N.C. A&T got past Hampton 45-31.

 

Alcorn State received all but one first-place vote in the coaches poll. 

 

Bethune-Cookman who defeated North Carolina Central 28-26 on the road and Tennessee State both moved up a spot this week to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, aided by South Carolina State’s 17-3 loss to Furman, which dropped the Bulldogs to No. 5.

 

 

Morgan State and Norfolk State both won on the road – the Bears defeating Delaware State 26-6 and the Spartans coming from behind to defeat Howard 15-12 – and moved into the top 10, MSU at No. 9 and NSU tied for No. 10 with North Carolina Central.

 

In the media poll, Alcorn State unseats N.C. A&T, who has sat atop the media poll for four of the first five weeks.  It marks the first time this year that the Braves are No. 1 with the media.

South Carolina State fell two spots to No. 5.  

 

Tuskegee lost for the first time this year and fell three spots to No. 8.

 

The BOXTOROW HBCU FCS coaches and media polls are administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW. The coaches poll is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches and the media poll is voted on by media members around the country who cover HBCU football. 

 

2015 BOXTOROW FCS HBCU Football Coaches Poll

Week 5

(Records through October 3, 2015)

 

Rank  School         W-L  Points Last Week

1. Alcorn State* (17)           4-1 179 1

2. North Carolina A&T (1)     3-1 157 2

3.  Bethune-Cookman          4-1 131 4

4. Tennessee State              3-1 118 5

5. South Carolina State        2-2 110 3

6. Southern                         2-2  95 6

7. Grambling State              3-2   87 7

8. Prairie View A&M              2-2 30 10

9. Morgan State                   3-2 25 NR

T-10  Norfolk State               2-3 18 NR

T-10  North Carolina Central  1-3 18 8

 

Others receiving votes: Hampton (2-3)14, Alabama State (2-3) 9, Savannah

State (1-3), 1.

 

2015 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll

Week 5

(Records through October 3, 2015)

 

Rank    School         W-L Points Last Week

1. Alcorn State* (9)              4-1 170 2

2. North Carolina A&T (8)      3-1 157 1

3. Bethune-Cookman            4-1 115 6

4. Tennessee State               3-1 112 4

5. South Carolina State         2-2 101 3

6. Grambling State               3-2 75   8

7. Southern                         2-2 63   7

8. Tuskegee                         4-1 52   5

9. Bowie State                     4-1 33 T-10

10. Virginia Union                4-1 24 T-10

Others receiving votes: North Carolina Central (1-3) 14, Chowan (4-1) 8,

Elizabeth City State (4-1) 6, Hampton (2-3) 6, Morgan State (3-2) 5,

Prairie View A&M (2-2) 4.

 

*Defending BOXTOROW National Champion

 

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