Slight Changes In HBCU Power Rankings

Bethune-Cookman RB Isidore Jackson, 10/27/2012

By Donal Ware

HBCU Columnist

College Sports Journal


PHILADELPHIA, PA. — The top four teams remained the same in this week’s Boxtorow/BCSP HBCU football power rankings.


Tennessee State, Bethune-Cookman, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Winston-Salem State – all winners last week – kept the Nos. 1–4 positions.


As they did in the respective BCPS and Boxtorow polls, the Alabama State Hornets moved up significantly in the “BCF-BCS”, four spots from a week ago to No. 5 after their 31-13 victory over Alabama A&M in the Magic City Classic. 




The Bulldogs in turn moved down one spot in the rankings to No. 7.


North Carolina Central also moved down one spot to No. 7 after its 42-17 loss to Bethune-Cookman.


Howard, who was No. 7 last week, dropped out of the poll after falling 41-23 to South Carolina State. The Bison falling out made room for Delaware State who debuts this week at No. 8.


Key matchups Saturday could shake up the poll a bit as No. 6 North Carolina Central hosts No. 8 Delaware State and No. 9 Miles hosts No. 10 Tuskegee in an SIAC Western Division matchup that will determine who represents the West in next week’s SIAC championship game.


Much like the BCS, Boxtorow/BCSP HBCU football power rankings uses a pair of major HBCU weekly polls – the Black College Sports Page Top Ten and the Boxtorow HBCU Football Top 10 media poll – and four computer polls. Two of the computer polls, Massey Ratings and Peter Wolfe Ratings, are used in the actual BCS rankings.


The formula is such that the mean of the rankings of each school in the computer poll is added with the two “human” polls and divided by 3 to get the “BCF-BCS” ranking and ultimately the top 10 rankings. The human polls count 67 percent towards the outcome and the computer polls count 33 percent.


Boxtorow/BCSP HBCU Football Power Rankings for Week of 10/22/12


Rank School Average CPU Average BCPS Boxtorow

1. Tennessee State           2.00 1.00                  3 2

2. Bethune-Cookman        2.33 2.00                  2 3

3. Arkansas-Pine Bluff       4.33 3.00                  6 4

4. Winston-Salem State    5.75 15.25                1 1

5. Alabama State            6.71 7.13                  7 6

6. North Carolina Central  7.42 4.25                  9 9

7. Alabama A&M              7.96 5.88                10 8

8 Delaware State              8.17 5.50                 8 11

9. Miles                          10.29 21.88                4 5

10. Tuskegee                 10.33 19.00                5 7


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