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

Rank School Record Points Previous
1 Grambling (12) 7-3 309 1
2 Alcorn State (11) 8-2 297 2
3 North Carolina A&T (10) 8-2 271 3
4 Bethune-Cookman (3) 8-2 243 4
5 Southern 7-3 193 5
6 South Carolina State (1) 7-3 184 6
7 North Carolina Central 5-5 70 NR
8 Alabama State 5-5 67 NR
9 Tennessee State 5-6 57 10
10 Morgan State 5-5 52 8
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

Rank School Record Points Previous
1 Winston-Salem State (15) 9-1 210 1
2 Tuskegee (1) 8-2 190 2
3 Albany State (6) 7-2 165 3
4 Virginia State 8-2 157 4
5 Virginia Union 7-3 93 6
6 Miles 6-4 87 5
7 Fort Valley State 6-4 75 8
8 Fayetteville State 5-5 72 7
9 Morehouse 6-4 36 9
10 Langston 6-3 24 NR
Others receiving votes: Bowie State 19, Stillman 13, Livingstone 12, Johnson C. Smith 10, St. Augustine 9

 

Kenn Rashad
Founding Editor & Publisher of HBCU Sports and a graduate of Grambling State University.

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