1. Alabama A&M (3-0)The Bulldogs remained undefeated after defeating Tuskegee 45-35AAMU travels this week to Grambling State, where quarterback Aqeel Glass has historically struggled. In two matchups against the Tigers, Glass has completed 35 of 69 passes for 374 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.
Last week's ranking: No. 1
2. Jackson State (3-1)JSU ended nonconference play with a 24-17 win over Division II opponent Delta State. Freshman quarterback Shedeur Sanders appeared to suffer a left arm injury in the fourth quarter and went to the medical tent before returning to the game. Sanders and the other Tigers have an opportunity to heal with an open week before traveling to No. 1 Alabama A&M on Oct. 9.
Last week's ranking: No. 2
3. Alcorn State (2-2)A week after nearly upsetting FBS opponent South Alabama, the Braves overcame a 19-point deficit against Arkansas-Pine Bluff to win, 39-38. Coach Fred McNair said he told the team at halftime the Braves had played their worst half of football in his career. Quarterback Felix Harper completed 16 of 32 passes for 368 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Alcorn State has an open week before hosting Grambling State on Oct. 9.
Last week's ranking: No. 4
4. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-2)Doc Gamble clarified UAPB went for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter against Alcorn because the program's kicker was hurt. UAPB's kicker and program has a week to recover as the Golden Lions head to Prairie View A&M at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Last week's ranking: No. 3
5. Florida A&M (1-2)The Rattlers come off an open week to face Alabama State this Saturday. FAMU will be without punter Chris Faddoul, who is out for the season with an undisclosed injury, coach Willie Simmons confirmed Monday. Faddoul led the FCS in punting his sophomore season.
Last week's ranking: No. 5