HSRN Football Poll

Hartly, DE — For the third week, North Carolina A&T and Winston-Salem State hold the top spots in the Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) football polls. With few exceptions, the teams’ positions remain the same with championship weekend arriving for the CIAA and SIAC.

In FCS-Division 1, the top two teams remain North Carolina A&T (8-2) and Alcorn State (8-2). South Carolina State (7-3) slips ahead of Bethune-Cookman (8-2) for third and Morgan State (5-5) drops from seventh to tenth.


There is a three-way tie for MEAC championship lead and the NCAA Play-off. Alcorn State will play the winner of the Bayou Classic (Grambling/Southern) for the SWAC Championship.

FCS – Division I

School (First Place Votes) Record Pts Prev
1 North Carolina A&T Aggies (8) 8-2 129 1
2 Alcorn State Braves (6) 8-2 118 2
3 South Carolina State Bulldogs 7-3 108 4
4 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 8-2 105 3
5 Grambling State Tigers 7-3 82 5
6 Southern Jaguars 7-3 77 6
7 North Carolina Central Eagles 5-5 52 9
8 Alabama State Hornets 5-5 46 10
9 Texas Southern Tigers 5-5 29 8
10 Morgan State Bears 5-5 28 7
Others: Tennessee State-24; Prairie View A&M-20; Norfolk State-19; Alabama A&M-16.

In Division 2, top ranked Winston-Salem State (9-1) will play #3 Virginia State (8-2) for the CIAA Championship and in the SIAC #2 Tuskegee (8-2) will play #4 Albany State (7-2) for that Championship.

Division II

School (First Place Votes) Record Pts Prev
1 Winston-Salem State Rams (14) 9-1  144 1
2 Tuskegee Golden Tigers 8-2  120 2
3 Virginia State Trojans 8-2  103 3
4 Albany State Golden Rams 7-2  90 4
5 Virginia Union Panthers 7-3  86 5
6 Miles Golden Bears 6-4  67 6
7 Ft. Valley State Wildcats 6-4  53 7
8 Bowie State Bulldogs 5-5  47 NR
9 Fayetteville State Broncos 5-5  20 8
10 Morehouse Maroon Tigers 6-4  19 NR
Others:
J.C. Smith-17; Edward Waters-16; Livingstone-15.

2014 BOXTOROW FCS HBCU Football Coaches Poll
Week 11

The top six teams in the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls all won and North Carolina A&T remained atop each poll.

The Aggies are coming off an impressive 45-0 victory over Morgan State.

In the coaches poll, N.C. A&T received 17 of 20 first-place votes.  Alcorn State continues to trail N.C. A&T, but once again received two first-place votes.  The Braves clinched the SWAC Eastern Division with a 41-14 victory over Alabama A&M.

Bethune-Cookman received the other first-place vote and moved into the No. 4 spot tied with Grambling State.  The bottom four teams in last week’s poll all lost. Texas Southern and Morgan State survived dropping out, coming in at No. 9 and No. 10 this week, with No. 7 Alabama State and No. 8 North Carolina Central both winning and reentering the poll.

Virginia State has won eight-straight and has moved into the media poll for the first time this year at No. 10.  The Trojans defeated Virginia Union 33-12 to win the CIAA Eastern Division. The other nine teams remained the same from last week.

Two conference championships will be decided this week as Albany State will face off against Tuskegee in the SIAC championship game on Saturday in Montgomery, Ala., while Virginia State and Winston-Salem State will play for the CIAA championship in Durham, N.C.

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.

(Records through November 8, 2014)

Rank School W-L Pts. Last Week
1. North Carolina A&T (17) 8-2 195 1
2. Alcorn State (2) 8-2 177 2
3. South Carolina State 7-3 159 3
T-4 Bethune-Cookman (1)* 8-2 133 5
T-4. Grambling State 7-3 133 4
6. Southern 7-3 103 6
7. Alabama State 5-5 37 NR
8. North Carolina Central 5-5 33 NR
9. Texas Southern 5-5 26 8
10. Morgan State 5-5 24 7

Others receiving votes: Norfolk State (4-6) 22, Tennessee State (5-6) 22, Alabama A&M (4-6) 16, Prairie View A&M (4-5) 9.

2014 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll
Week 11

(Records through November 8, 2014)

Rank School W-L Pts. Last Week
1. North Carolina A&T (14) 8-2 185 1
2. Alcorn State (1) 8-2 153 2
3. Bethune-Cookman* 8-2 135 3
4. Winston-Salem State 9-1 114 4
5. South Carolina State (2) 7-3 112 5
6. Grambling State (1) 7-3 107 6
7. Southern 7-3 72 7
8. Tuskegee 8-2 48 8
9. Albany State 7-2 30 9
10. Virginia State 8-2 21 NR

Others receiving votes: North Carolina Central (5-5) 11, Morgan State (5-5) 4, Fayetteville State (5-5) 2, Texas Southern (5-5) 1, Virginia Union (7-3) 1, Alabama State (5-5) 1, Morehouse (6-4) 1.

*2013 BOXTOROW National Champion

Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Major Division Football Top 10 Poll Rankings – Week 11

Released 11/10/14

Rank Team & Mascot Record FPV Points PWR
1 S. C. State Bulldogs (7-3, 5-1) 2 88 1
2 North Carolina A&T Aggies (8-2, 5-1) 2 86 2
3 @-Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (8-2, 5-1) 2 85 3
4 Grambling State Tigers (7-3, 7-0) 2 84 4
5 Alcorn State Braves (8-2, 6-1) 2 82 5
6 Southern Jaguars (7-3, 6-1) 1 81 6
7 Morgan State Bears (5-5, 4-2) 43 7
8 Alabama State Hornets (5-5, 4-4) 42 NR
9 North Carolina Central Eagles (5-5, 4-2) 19 9
10 Norfolk State Spartans (4-6, 4-2) 10 8

FPV = First Place Votes; PWR = Previous Week Ranking; NR = Not Ranked
@ Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
@ =3C 2013 HBCU Football Major Division National Champion
Dropped Out:           Alabama A&M Bulldogs (4-6, 3-4)
Receiving Votes:       Texas Southern Tigers (5-5, 3-5)-9, Prairie View A&M Panthers (4-5, 4-4)-6

Dr. Cavil’s HBCU Mid-Major Division Football Top 10 Poll Rankings – Week 11

Released 11/10/14

Rank Team & Mascot Record FPV Points PWR
1 @ Winston-Salem State Rams (9-1, 7-0) 11 111 1
2 Tuskegee Golden Tigers (8-2, 7-0) 98 2
3 Virginia State Trojans (8-2, 7-0) 92 3
4 Albany State Golden Rams (7-2, 7-0) 85 4
5 Langston Lions (6-3, 5-0) 54 NR
6 Virginia Union Panthers (7-3, 5-2) 53 5
7 Miles Golden Bears (6-4, 5-2) 31 6
8 Morehouse Maroon Tigers (6-4, 4-3) 27 10
9 Fort Valley State Wildcats (6-4, 4-3) 14 8
10 Fayetteville State Broncos (5-5, 5-2) 9 7

FPV = First Place Votes; PWR = Previous Week Ranking; NR = Not Ranked
@ Winston-Salem State Rams
@ = 3C 2013 HBCU Football Mid-Major Division National Champion
Dropped Out:             Benedict Tigers (4-6, 2-5)
Receiving Votes:       Livingstone Blue Bears (5-5, 2-5)-2, Bowie State Bulldogs (5-5, 5-2)-1

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