Despite losing 41-7 to FBS member UCF, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (2-1) still managed to get the No.1 ranking by fans who voted in the HBCU Sports FCS Fan Poll with 14 first-place votes.

Morgan State (2-2) and Grambling (1-3) are making their poll debuts ranking ninth and 10th respectfully.


The Bears secured a 38-35 victory over Howard in the 42nd Annual Urban League Classic, while the Tigers managed to upset Jackson State 40-35 on the road.

Winston Salem State maintained its No. 1 ranking in the Division II fan poll with 6 first-place votes after a 24-13 win over Tuskegee.

Virginia Union (2-1), Virginia State (1-2) and Shaw (1-2) managed to make Division II poll debuts ranking seventh, eighth and 10th respectfully.

The fan poll is conducted weekly during the regular season and gives fans the chance to vote for their top 10 HBCU teams at the FCS and Division II levels.

HBCU Sports FCS Fan Poll

Rank School Record Points Previous
1 Bethune-Cookman (14) 2-1 325 1
2 Alabama State (4) 3-1 304 4
3 North Carolina A&T (9) 3-1 268 3
4 South Carolina State (2) 2-2 216 8
5 Tennessee State 3-1 215 5
6 Alcorn State (6) 3-1 198 2
7 Texas Southern (3) 4-0 183 6
8 Southern (1) 2-2 109 9
9 Morgan State 2-2 74 NR
10 Grambling 1-3 64 NR
Others receiving votes: Jackson State 62, Prairie View A&M 47, Howard 40, Hampton 29, North Carolina Central 20  

HBCU Sports Division II Fan Poll

Rank School Record Points Previous
1 Winston-Salem State (15) 2-1 183 1
2 Tuskegee 1-2 134 2
3 Livingstone (3) 3-0 106 9
4 Fort Valley State (1) 2-1 101 3
5 Miles 2-1 99 5
6 Albany State 0-2 66 4
7 Virginia Union (1) 2-1 49 NR
8 Virginia State 1-2 44 NR
9 Morehouse 2-1 43 6
10 Shaw 1-2 41 NR
Others receiving votes: Benedict 36, Elizabeth City State 32, Fayetteville State 31, Clark Atlanta 19, Langston 18

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