Grambling State and Winston-Salem State were again the top vote-getters in the HBCU Sports FCS and Division II fan polls.
The Tigers (7-3), after defeating Mississippi Valley State 38-23 in a Thursday night game televised on ESPNU, managed to garner 12 first-place votes and 309 points. Alcorn State maintained its No. 2 ranking with 11 first-place votes, followed by North Carolina A&T (8-2), Bethune-Cookman (8-2) and Southern (7-3) to round up the top five.
South Carolina State (7-3) held steady at the No. 6 spot, followed by North Carolina Central (7-3), Alabama State (5-5), Tennessee State (5-6) and Morgan State (5-5).
The Rams (9-1), preparing for a showdown against Virginia State in the CIAA Football Championship Game this Saturday in Durham, N.C., received 15 first-place votes and 210 points In the Division II poll. Tuskegee (8-2) stayed ranked at No. 2, followed by Albany State (7-2), Virginia State (8-2), Virginia Union (7-3), Miles (6-4), Fort Valley State (6-4), Fayetteville State (5-5), Morehouse (6-4) and Langston (6-3).
HBCU Sports FCS Fan Poll
|2||Alcorn State (11)||8-2||297||2|
|3||North Carolina A&T (10)||8-2||271||3|
|6||South Carolina State (1)||7-3||184||6|
|7||North Carolina Central||5-5||70||NR|
|Others receiving votes: Norfolk State 47, Prairie View A&M 41, Texas Southern 33, Alabama A&M 32, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 30|
HBCU Sports Division II Fan Poll
|1||Winston-Salem State (15)||9-1||210||1|
|3||Albany State (6)||7-2||165||3|
|7||Fort Valley State||6-4||75||8|
|Others receiving votes: Bowie State 19, Stillman 13, Livingstone 12, Johnson C. Smith 10, St. Augustine 9|