Complete black college football polls, Week 12: Nobody is getting past Jackson State in SWAC

Jackson State remains the highest-ranking SWAC program, and it appears unlikely that any league team can pass the Tigers — even as a postseason from which they are banned looms.

JSU was runner up only to Norfolk State in the Heritage Sports Radio Network Black College Football FCS Poll, and the Dr. Cavil’s Black College Major Division Rankings. JSU is one spot behind Norfolk State, champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, in the Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25, as well.

Only Alabama State, Grambling and Southern have regular-season games remaining in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Alabama State is the higher ranked of those remaining contenders, but is facing Division II Tuskegee; a win there is unlikely to leap-frog the Hornets over Jackson State. If Grambling were to best Southern this week, it would afford the Tigers a trip to the SWAC Championship Game — and, thus, two more games to move up the charts. But Grambling, which is sitting in the bottom end of the Top 10 rankings, appears to far back in the polling to get past Jackson.

Lurking in the weeds is Alabama A&M, who must wait for the outcome of the Grambling-Southern game to find out who it will play in the SWAC Championship Game on Dec. 10. They might just be the only credible challenger. The Bulldogs are ranked as high as No. 4 this week, within striking distance, but must win in Birmingham, Ala., for momentum. That’s easier said than done: Alabama A&M has advanced to five of the 12 previous league title matches (second only to Grambling for total trips), but has claimed just one victory — in 2006.

Jackson State was tops among SWAC programs at No. 4 in the Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College Football Poll, too. That list, which also includes lower-division programs, again had Winston-Salem State at No. 1.

Here’s a complete look at black-college polls for Week 12 …

SHERIDAN BROADCASTING NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Winston-Salem State: (20), 11-0, 262, 1
2. Bethune-Cookman: (6), 8-3, 251, 2
3. Norfolk State: (4), 9-2, 199, 3
4. Jackson State: 9-2, 172, 4
5. South Carolina State: 7-4, 143, 6
6. Alabama A&M: 8-3, 96, 7
7. Alabama State: 7-3, 82, 8
8. Grambling State: 6-4, 73, 10
9. Florida A&M: 7-4, 47, 5
10. Hampton: 7-4, 36, NR
Others receiving votes: Morehouse 29, Miles College 27, Albany State 20, North Carolina A&T 17, Elizabeth City State 12.

HERITAGE SPORTS RADIO NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Norfolk State: (22), 9-2, 220, 1
2. Jackson State: 9-2, 198, 2
3. Alabama A&M: 8-3, 165, 4
4. Bethune-Cookman: 8-3, 162, 6
5. Alabama State: 7-3, 124, 5
6. South Carolina State: 7-4, 103, 7
7. Florida A&M: 7-4, 98, 3
8. Hampton: 7-4, 66, 9
9. Grambling State: 6-4, 40, 10
10. Arkansas-Pine Bluff: 6-5, 24, NR
Others receiving votes: None.

DR. CAVIL’S BLACK COLLEGE MAJOR DIVISION RANKINGS
Name, (record), first-place votes, points, previous week, last week and next week opponent
1. Norfolk State: (9-2), (8), 104, 1 (Did not play, NCAA DI FCS Playoffs)
2. Jackson State: (9-2), (4), 96, 2 (Beat Alcorn State 51-7, Season complete)
3. Bethune-Cookman: (8-3), (1), 85, 4 (Beat Florida A&M 26-16, Season complete)
4. Alabama A&M: (8-3), 83, 5 (Beat Prairie View A&M 17-15, Open)
5. Alabama State: (7-3), 68, 6 (Did not play, vs. DII Tuskegee)
6. South Carolina State: (7-4), 56, 7 (Beat Savannah State 20-10, Season complete)
7. Hampton: (7-4), 41, 9 (Beat Morgan State 42-18, Season complete)
8. Florida A&M: (7-4), 33, 3 (Lost to Bethune-Cookman 26-16, Season complete)
9. Grambling State: (6-4), 17, 8 (Did not play, vs. Southern)
10. Arkansas-Pine Bluff: (6-5), 15, NR (Beat Texas Southern 42-6, Open)
Dropped Out: Prairie View A&M (5-6). Also receiving votes: Prairie View A&M (5-6) 5, Howard (5-6) 4, Tennessee State (5-6) 3, Morgan State (5-6) 1.

THE SPORTS NETWORK/FATHEAD.COM FCS TOP 25
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
19. Norfolk State: 9-2, 958, 20
20. Jackson State: 9-2, 778, 21
Others receiving votes: Furman 197, San Diego 124, Eastern Kentucky 106, Bethune-Cookman 96, Alabama State 72, Drake 57, Albany 55, Duquesne 52, South Dakota 52, Portland State 28, William & Mary 25, Cal Poly 20, Georgetown 20, Indiana State 19, Southern Utah 19, Murray State 18, Eastern Washington 16, Chattanooga 14, South Carolina State 11, Brown 5, Alabama A&M 4, Grambling State 3, Stephen F. Austin 3, Youngstown State 1.

ANYGIVENSATURDAY.COM TOP 25 for Week 12
Rank, team, total votes, first-place votes
19. Norfolk State: 506
24. Jackson State: 152
Also receiving votes: 32T. Bethune-Cookman, 44.

FCS Now did not have a Week 12 poll; Urban Sports News did not submit a poll this week.

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Complete black college football polls, Week 11: Jackson State remains SWAC’s highest ranked

Jackson State is the highest ranking Southwestern Athletic Conference team in the latest Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College Football Poll, and is also the only SWAC team ranked in the Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25, at No. 21 — one spot behind the MEAC’s Norfolk State.

The Sheridan poll, which includes lower division programs as well, has Winston-Salem State at No. 1, followed by Bethune-Cookman and Norfolk State — both MEAC programs. Norfolk State was top ranked in the Heritage Sports Radio Network and Dr. Cavil’s Black College Major Division Football Top 10.

Elsewhere, Alabama A&M and Alabama State, in an on-going battle for the SWAC East crown, at at Nos. 7-8 in the Sheridan voting. Grambling — after putting up its fifth win in a row last week — has also entered into the Top rankings.

SHERIDAN BROADCASTING NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Winston-Salem State: (22), 11-0, 264, 1
2. Bethune-Cookman: (5), 7-3, 249, 3
3. Norfolk State: (3), 9-2, 196, 6
4. Jackson State: 8-2, 165, 7
5. Florida A&M: 7-3, 151, 8
6. South Carolina State: 6-4, 93, 9
7. Alabama A&M: 7-3, 86, 2
8. Alabama State: 7-3, 68, 5
9. Albany State: 8-3, 52, 4
10. Grambling State: 6-4, 41, NR
Others receiving votes: Morehouse 34, Hampton 29, Miles College 26, Elizabeth City State 19, North Carolina A&T 13.

HERITAGE SPORTS RADIO NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE FCS POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Norfolk State: (20), 9-2, 200, 2
2. Jackson State: 8-2, 180, 4
3. Florida A&M: 7-3, 141, 5
4. Alabama A&M: 7-3, 135, 1
5. Alabama State: 7-3, 110, 3
6. Bethune-Cookman: 7-3, 107, 7
7. South Carolina State: 6-4, 103,6
8. Howard: 5-5, 47, 8
9. Hampton: 6-4, 39, 9
10. Grambling State: 6-4, 33, 10
Others receiving votes: Prairie View 1.

THE SPORTS NETWORK/FATHEAD.COM FCS TOP 25
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
20. Norfolk State Spartans 9-2 855 22
21. Jackson State Tigers 8-2 766 21
Others receiving votes: Indiana State 331, North Dakota 195, Youngstown State 141, Jacksonville State 139, Stony Brook 135, Alabama State 98, San Diego 84, Bethune-Cookman 67, Duquesne 51, Drake 50, Eastern Kentucky 43, Brown 41, Chattanooga 39, William & Mary 28, Georgetown 24, Albany 19, Stephen F. Austin 18, Bryant 11, Southern Utah 11, Murray State 10, Florida A&M 10, Grambling State 8, South Carolina State 8, South Dakota State 6, Alabama A&M 5, Samford 5, Eastern Washington 5, Elon 4, Cal Poly 4, Tennessee State 2, Jacksonville 1, Massachusetts 1.

URBAN SPORTS NEWS BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Details had not arrived as of Tuesday morning.

DR. CAVIL’S BLACK COLLEGE MAJOR DIVISION TOP 10
Rank, team, (record), first-place votes, total points, previous ranking, last week and next week’s opponent
1. Norfolk State: (9-2), (9), 106, 3 (Beat Morgan State 47-14, Open)
2. Jackson State: (8-2), (3), 92, 4 (Beat Alabama A&M 34-6, vs. Alcorn State)
3. Florida A&M: (7-3), 84, 5 (Beat North Carolina Central 31-10, vs. Bethune-Cookman)
4. Bethune-Cookman: (7-3), 83, 6 (Beat Savannah State 59-3, vs. Florida A&M)
5. Alabama A&M: (7-3), 70, 1, (Lost to Jackson State 34-6, at Prairie View A&M)
6. Alabama State: (7-3), 68, 2 (Lost to Southern 26-23, Open)
7. South Carolina State: (6-4), 32, 7 (Beat North Carolina A&T 30-22, at Savannah State)
8. Grambling State: (6-4), 30, 8 (Beat Texas Southern 29-25, Open)
9. Hampton: (6-4), 12, 9 (Beat Delaware State 42-6, vs. Morgan State)
10. Prairie View A&M: (5-5), 11, NR (Beat Alcorn State 40-14, vs. Alabama A&M)
Dropped out: Morgan State (5-5). Also receiving votes: Tennessee State (5-5) 8, Howard (5-5) 7, Morgan State (5-5) 6, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5-5) 3.

ANYGIVENSATURDAY.COM FCS POLL
Rank, team, total points, first-place votes
22. Norfolk State: 433
Also receiving votes: 28. Jackson State Tigers, 52; 40. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, 8.

2011 FCS NOW POLL, WEEK 11
Rank, team, (first-place votes)
17. Jackson State
19. Norfolk State
Others receiving votes: Stony Brook; Tennessee Tech; Furman; Jacksonville State; North Dakota; Samford; Georgetown; Albany; Duquesne; Florida A&M; Eastern Kentucky; Alabama A&M.

Rick Comegy refocuses Jackson State after title dream left in ashes

If Jackson State had anything to play for at all, after suffering a post-season ban this year, it was for the mythical black college national championship. And, going into last week’s home game at Grambling, that seemed like a very real possibility for a team sitting atop HBCU polling.

No more. Grambling pulled off a stunning upset, and Jackson State crashed landed into the bottom half of black college football’s Top 10 lists.

That has JSU coach Rick Comegy refocusing his team on more achieveable goals: “We’re working to have the best season possible,” he said. “We were 8-3 last year; it would be nice to be 9-2 this year. That’s not bad in any books. I think wer still have one of the best records in the SWAC. I think the kids are playing really well and doing a good job, for all that they have been through.”

Last May, Jackson State’s football team was one of a record eight college football or basketball teams to receive a postseason ban for 2011, based on sub-par marks in the NCAA’s annual Academic Progress Rate reports. JSU’s APR was 879 out of 1,000, well below the 925 cutoff to avoid penalties. This year’s APR numbers are based on a program’s graduation and retention rates for the years 2006-07 through 2009-10.

With a shot at the black college title gone, too, it would seem that Jackson State is left with nothing more than the role of spoiler.

Not to Comegy: “The attitude is not about being a spoiler,” he says. “We enjoy football. We enjoy winning football games — but we didn’t win that one, and we have to move on. ‘Spoiler’ is for the news press. We just want to win out and have the best season we possibly can.”

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Complete black college football polls: Jackson State tumbles after upset loss to Grambling

An upset loss to Grambling has sent Jackson State cascading down the black college polls.

Jackson State is now at No. 7 in the Sheridan Broadcasting Network rankings, and No. 4 according to the Dr. Cavil’s Black College Major Division Football Top 10. The Southwestern Athletic Conference program fell to No. 6 on the Urban Sports Network list. Despite the loss, however, Jackson State remains the highest polling HBCU in the national Sports Network poll of Football Championship Subdivision teams.

Winston-Salem State sits atop the Sheridan poll, which includes lower division black colleges, after its 34-7 win over UNC-Pembroke. Winston-Salem State finishes the season undefeated for the first time since 1978. The victory virtually assured the Rams of one of six regional bids in their area to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

The Urban Sports News black college poll also has Winston-Salem State at No. 1, followed by SWAC foes Alabama State and then Alabama A&M. Norfolk State is the top-ranked Mio-Eastern Athletic Conference program according to both USN (at No. 4) and Dr. Cavil’s (No. 3).

“This has been a crazy season with upsets dotting every week’s scoreboard,” said Urban Sports News CEO John Posey. “There is more balance in the MEAC and SWAC than we’ve seen over recent years. I tip my hat to Winston-Salem State for making the long trek to the top of our rankings. They just win every week without a lot of fanfare. Grambling has come back from the dead and has an outside chance to win the SWAC West if Prairie View falters in its final two games and the G-Men win out.”

Alabama A&M, perhaps the hottest HBCU team in the nation with seven straight wins, is at No. 2 on the Sheridan list — followed by Bethune-Cookman, that poll’s highest-rated MEAC team. Alabama A&M gets its due in the Heritage Sports Radio Network and Dr. Cavil’s rankings, however, surging to the top spot.

Grambling is just outside the Top 10, according to Sheridan; at No. 8 according to Dr. Cavil’s and at No. 10 on the Heritage poll.

A complete look at black college polling for Week 10 …

SHERIDAN BROADCASTING NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous, rank
1. Winston-Salem State: (25), 10-0, 247, 2
2. Alabama A&M: (4), 7-2, 241, 3
3. Bethune-Cookman: 6-3, 179, 4
4. Albany State: 8-2, 168,5
5. Alabama State: 7-2, 147, 6
6. Norfolk State: (1), 8-2, 96, 7
7. Jackson State: 7-2, 81, 1
8. Florida A&M: 6-3, 63, 9
9. South Carolina State: 5-4, 56, 10
10. Elizabeth City State: 8-2, 39, NR
Others receiving votes: Grambling State 32, Morehouse 27, Hampton 20, Morgan State 17, North Carolina A&T 15.

HERITAGE SPORTS RADIO NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Alabama A&M: (13), 7-2, 211, 2
2. Norfolk State: (9), 8-2, 206, 3
3. Alabama State: 7-2, 180, 4
4. Jackson State: 7-2, 152, 1
5. Florida A&M: 5-3, 128, 6
6. South Carolina State: 5-4, 102, 7
7. Bethune-Cookman: 6-3, 101, 8
8. Howard: 5-5, 39, NR
9. Hampton: 5-4, 38, 5
10. Grambling State: 5-4, 37, NR
Others receiving votes: Morgan State 16.

THE SPORTS NETWORK/FATHEAD.COM FCS TOP 25
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
21. Jackson State: 7-2, 525, 15
22. Norfolk State: 8-2, 468, NR
23. Alabama State: 7-2, 438, NR
Others receiving votes: Indiana State 360, Brown 270, Jacksonville State 261, Portland State 217, Tennessee Tech 206, Alabama A&M 193, North Dakota 126, Georgetown 124, William & Mary 91, Stony Brook 55, San Diego 54, Southern Utah 53, Chattanooga 39, Cal Poly 34, Duquesne 24, Bethune-Cookman 24, Murray State 23, Massachusetts 11, Drake 11, Albany 9, Lafayette 9, Richmond 9, Florida A&M 8, Penn 6, Bryant 5, Samford 5, UT Martin 5, Grambling State 4, Texas State 3, The Citadel 1, Northwestern State 1, South Dakota State 1, Yale 1, Jacksonville 1.

DR. CAVIL’S BLACK COLLEGE MAJOR DIVISION POLL
Rank, name, record, (first-place votes), total, previous week, last and next game
1. Alabama A&M: (7-2), (6), 103, 2 (Beat Alcorn State 28-14, vs. Jackson State)
2. Alabama State: (7-2), (3), 102, 3 (Beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 28-12, vs. Southern)
3. Norfolk State: (8-2), (3), 101, 4 (Beat Savannah State 45-3, at Morgan State)
4. Jackson State: (7-2), 79, 1 (Lost to Grambling State 26-23, at Alabama A&M)
5. Florida A&M: (6-3), 56, 6 (Beat North Carolina A&T 26-20, at North Carolina Central)
6. Bethune-Cookman: (6-3), 52, 7 (Beat Morgan State 49-23, vs. Savannah State)
7. South Carolina State: (5-4), 41, 9 (Did not play, vs. North Carolina A&T)
8. Grambling State: (5-4), 27, NR (Beat Jackson State 26-23, vs. Texas Southern)
9. Hampton: (5-4), 14, 5 (Lost to Howard 10-7, vs. Delaware State)
10. Morgan State: (5-4), 13, 8 (Lost to Bethune-Cookman49-23, vs. Norfolk State)
Dropped out: Prairie View A&M (4-5). Also receiving votes: Howard (5-5) 9, Prairie View A&M (4-5) 8, North Carolina A&T (4-5) 4, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-5) 1, Texas Southern (4-5) 1, Tennessee State (4-5) 1.

URBAN SPORTS NEWS BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Rank, team, record, USN comment
1. Winston-Salem State, 10-0: Beat UNC-Pembroke 35-7. Next up: Meet Elizabeth City in CIAA Championship.
2. Alabama State, 7-2: Beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 28-12. Need to win and get an A&M loss to win SWAC East. Next up: Host Southern.
3. Alabama A&M, 7-2: Won seventh game in a row with 28-14 win against Alcorn. Tough finish to win SWAC East. Next up: Host erratic Jackson State with PV on deck.
4. Norfolk State, 8-2: Destroyed Savannah State 45-3. Can win MEAC outright with win. Next up: Visit Morgan State.
5. Bethune-Cookman, 6-3: Trampled Morgan State 49-23. Next up: Host Savannah State with FAMU on deck.
6. Jackson State, 7-2: Lost 26-23 to Grambling. Stung by Mario Louis and Dawrence Roberts. Next up: Visit Alabama A&M in key SWAC East contest.
7. Albany State, 8-2: Beat Fort Valley State 38-29. Next up: Play Miles for SIAC Championship.
8. Morehouse, 8-2: Beat Eastern Kentucky 28-24. Next up: TBD.
9. Florida A&M, 6-3: Beat North Carolina A&T 26-20. Next up: Visit North Carolina Central. Bethune on deck.
10. Elizabeth City, 8-2: Beat Lincoln 39-14. Next up: Meet Winston-Salem State for CIAA crown.
Dropped out: Hampton. Moving up: Bethune-Cookman, Grambling, Langston, South Carolina State. Trending down: Hampton, North Carolina A&T. Others receiving consideration: Elizabeth City, Grambling, Hampton, Howard, Langston, South Carolina State, Stillman.

2011 FCS NOW POLL, WEEK 10
Rank, team, (first-place votes)
19. Jackson State
20. Norfolk State
21. Alabama A&M
23. Alabama State
Others receiving votes: Harvard; Eastern Kentucky; Massachusetts; South Dakota; Tennessee Tech; Jacksonville State; Brown; Cal Poly; Georgetown; North Dakota; Samford; Stony Brook; Duquesne; Youngstown State.

ANYGIVENSATURDAY.COM FCS TOP 25
Rank, team, total votes, first-place votes
22. Norfolk State: 318
Also receiving votes: 27. Alabama State, 71; 34. Alabama A&M, 28; 36. Jackson State, 22.

Complete black college football polls, Week 9: A shakeup at the top, as Jackson State takes over

Jackson State, last seen easily handling Southwestern Athletic Conference foe Prairie View A&M, moved to the top of the Sheridan Broadcasting Network, Heritage Sports Radio Network, Dr. Cavil’s, and Urban Sports News Black College polls for Week 9.

Alabama State, after stumbling because of special teams blunders in an in-state rivalry game against Alabama A&M, lost its lengthy grip on the top spot.

“I was asked last week by The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger what I thought were Jackson State’s chances to win the national title,” said John Posey, CEO of Urban Sports News. “I said if Alabama State falls and the Tigers win out, Jackson State would win our national championship without question. They still have an improving Grambling team and a tough Alabama A&M team to play though.”

Winston-Salem State is at No 2, according to Sheridan, and No. 3 on the USN list behind Alabama State. Alabama A&M, at third on the Sheridan poll, is No. 2 according to the Heritage and Dr. Cavil’s voters.

“As much as we like Winston-Salem State,” Posey added, “their schedule is suspect. They don’t have a signature win against an FCS school.”

Here’s a look at complete black college football polling for Week 9 …

SHERIDAN BROADCASTING NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Jackson State (24), 7-1, 261, 2
2. Winston-Salem State (5), 9-0, 247, 3
3. Alabama A&M 6-2, 185, 6
4. Bethune-Cookman 5-3, 164, 4
5. Albany State 7-2, 132, 5
6. Alabama State 6-2, 93, 1
7. Norfolk State (1), 7-2, 86, 7
8. Hampton 5-3, 65, 8
9. Florida A&M 5-3, 52, 9
10. South Carolina State 5-4, 39, 10
Others receiving votes: Morehouse 28, Elizabeth City State 23, Morgan State 21, North Carolina A&T 16, Miles College 12.

HERITAGE SPORTS RADIO NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE FCS POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Jackson State (19), 7-1, 216, 2
2. Alabama A&M (2), 6-2, 196, 3
3. Norfolk State (1), 7-2, 180, 4
4. Alabama State 6-2, 155, 1
5. Hampton 5-3, 135, 5
6. Florida A&M 5-3, 102, 6
7. South Carolina State 5-4, 91, 7
8. Bethune-Cookman 5-3, 63, 9
9. Morgan State 5-3, 47, 10
10. Prairie View A&M 4-4, 21, 8
Others receiving votes: Grambling State 8, North Carolina A&T 1.

THE SPORTS NETWORK/FATHEAD.COM FCS TOP 25
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
15. Jackson State 7-1, 1,235, 19
Others receiving votes: Cal Poly 346, Furman 346, Alabama State 341, Massachusetts 307, Norfolk State 187, Brown 154, Alabama A&M 135, Albany 109, North Dakota 105, Portland State 71, Southern Utah 50, Jacksonville 49, Samford 49, Chattanooga 45, Georgetown 41, Youngstown State 34, Eastern Kentucky 33, Stony Brook 30, Northwestern State 22, Duquesne 15, UT Martin 12, San Diego 12, Richmond 8, Tennessee State 7, Florida A&M 4, South Carolina State 2, Bethune-Cookman 1, Penn 1, The Citadel 1.

DR. CAVIL’S BLACK COLLEGE MAJOR DIVISION RANKINGS
Rank, name, (record), first-place votes, total, previous week, last week’s and next week’s opponents
1. Jackson State (7-1), (6), 103, 2 (Beat Prairie View A&M 44-14), vs. Grambling State)
2. Alabama A&M (6-2), (3), 102, 3 (Beat Alabama State 20-19), at Alcorn State)
3. Alabama State (6-2), (2), 100, 1 (Lost to Alabama A&M 20-19), at Arkansas-Pine Bluff)
4. Norfolk State (7-2), (1), 80, 4 (Beat North Carolina A&T 14-10), at Savannah State)
5. Hampton (5-3), 58, 7 (Beat Savannah State 22-5), vs. Howard)
6. Florida A&M (5-3) 51 5 (Did not play, vs. NC A&T)
7. Bethune-Cookman (5-3) 43 10 (Beat North Carolina Central 34-6), vs. Morgan State)
8. Morgan State (5-3), 26, NR (Beat Delaware State 12-0), at Bethune-Cookman)
9. South Carolina State (5-4), 13, NR (Beat Howard 31-0), Open)
10. Prairie View A&M (4-4), 12, 6, (Lost to Jackson State 44-14), at Texas State)
Dropped out: Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-4), North Carolina A&T (4-4). Others receiving votes: North Carolina A&T (4-4) 11, Grambling State (4-4) 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-4) 5.

URBAN SPORTS NEWS BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Rank, team, record, USN comment
1. Jackson State, 7-1: Ran up 722 yards of total offense in 44-14 win over Prairie View. Dominating performance. Next up: Host improving Grambling.
2. Alabama State, 6-2: Special teams killed the Hornets in 20-19 loss to Alabama A&M. Next up: Visit Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Trap game.
3. Winston-Salem State, 9-0: Edged Shaw 21-14. Next up: Visit Saint Augustine’s.
4. Alabama A&M, 6-2: Jumped out to a 17-0 lead on their way to 20-19 upset of Alabama State. Next up: Visit Alcorn State.
5. Bethune-Cookman, 5-3: Drilled NC Central 34-6. Next up: Host Morgan State for homecoming.
6. Albany State, 7-2: Beat up Benedict 37-13. Next up: Close out regular season against Fort Valley State.
7. Norfolk State, 6-2: Edged North Carolina A&T 14-10. Next up: Travel to Florida A&M.
8. Morehouse, 7-2: Blasted Fort Valley State 49-12. Next up: Visit Kentucky State.
9. FAMU, 5-3: Off. Next up: Host North Carolina A&T in elimination game for conference title.
10. Hampton, 5-3: Unimpressive win against Savannah State. Next up: Host Howard in rivalry game. Trap game.
Dropped out: None. Moving up: Bethune-Cookman, Elizabeth City, Langston, Morgan State, South Carolina State. Trending Down: North Carolina A&T. Others receiving consideration: Elizabeth City, Langston, Miles, Morgan State, South Carolina State.

ANYGIVENSATURDAY.COM FCS POLL, WEEK 9
Others receiving votes: 28. Jackson State 138; 29. Norfolk State 121; 35. Alabama State 44; 40. Alabama A&M 20.

FCS NOW POLL, WEEK 9
Rank, team, (first-place votes)
18. Jackson State
23. Norfolk State
24. Alabama A&M
Others receiving votes: Alabama State; Tennessee Tech; Portland State; North Dakota; William & Mary; Albany; Harvard; Samford; Furman; Jacksonville State; Brown; South Dakota; Duquesne; Stony Brook.

Complete black college football polls, Week 8: Alabama State remains the frontrunner

Alabama State (6-1) once again tops the Sheridan Broadcasting Network poll of historically black college football programs, as well as the Heritage Sports Radio Network, Dr. Cavil’s Black College Major Division and Urban Sports News lists.

“Alabama State is the best team we’ve seen play this season,” said John Posey, CEO of Urban Sports News. “Jackson State, when the play with focus, is the second-best team. Bethune-Cookman has the most talent, but they have had poor quarterback play and make far too many penalties.”

Meanwhile, Jackson State (6-1) continues to battle with Norfolk State (6-2) for No. 2. Jackson State is in the runner-up position according to Sheridan, Dr. Cavil’s and USN, while Norfolk State is No. 2 according the Heritage voters. NSU dropped from No. 2 to fifth in the Urban Sports News Poll after a lackluster effort against Bethune-Cookman last week.

“South Carolina State has quarterback problems,” Posey said. “I think one of the most pleasant surprises of the season is Howard (4-4). The Bison have beaten Morehouse, North Carolina A&T, and FAMU. All have been ranked this year. It looks like FAMU has righted the ship. Winston-Salem State has been outstanding.”

Alabama A&M has moved into the No. 3 spot on the Dr. Cavil’s list. Alabama State and Jackson State are the only two HBCUs in the Sports Network national Top 25 FCS poll — at 16 and 19, respectively.

“The SWAC West is weaker than it’s been over the last few years,” Posey said. “Most of these teams have young quarterbacks. Who could have predicted that Grambling and Tuskegee would be struggling in 2011?”

Here’s a look at complete black college football polling for Week 8 …

SHERIDAN BROADCASTING NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Alabama State (26), 6-1, 273, 1
2. Jackson State (3), 6-1, 254, 4
3. Winston-Salem State (1) 8-0, 189, 5
4. Bethune-Cookman 4-3, 155, 6
5. Albany State 6-2, 123, 7
6. Alabama A&M 5-2, 91,8
7. Norfolk State 6-2, 83, 2
8. Hampton 4-3, 62, 10
9. Florida A&M 5-3, 49, NR
10. South Carolina State 4-4, 37, 3
Others receiving votes: North Carolina A&T 29, Morehouse 25, Elizabeth City State 20, Morgan State 17, Stillman 11.

HERITAGE SPORTS RADIO NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Alabama State (18), 6-1, 217, 1
2. Norfolk State (3), 6-1, 201, 2
3. Jackson State 6-1, 171, 3
4. South Carolina State 4-3, 148, 4
5. Alabama A&M 5-2, 133, 6
6. North Carolina A&T 4-2, 113, 8
7. Hampton 3-3, 71, 5
8. Prairie View A&M 4-3, 61, 7
9. Florida A&M 4-3, 51, 10
10. Morgan State 4-3, 20, NR
Others receiving votes: Bethune-Cookman 11, Howard 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5.

THE SPORTS NETWORK/FATHEAD.COM FCS TOP 25
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
16. Alabama State 6-1, 1,305, 19
19. Jackson State 6-1, 863, 23
Others receiving votes: Central Arkansas 303, Massachusetts 300, Richmond 297, Furman 256, Chattanooga 231, North Dakota 203, Cal Poly 200, Eastern Washington 141, Norfolk State 139, Brown 136, Albany 90, Jacksonville 79, Texas State 56, Alabama A&M 48, San Diego 29, Samford 27, Penn 23, Florida A&M 20, Southern Utah 20, Portland State 19, Georgetown 18, Sacramento State 16, Stony Brook 14, South Dakota State 12, UT Martin 12, Southern Illinois 10, Elon 10, Eastern Kentucky 8, McNeese State 6, Bethune-Cookman 5, South Carolina State 5, Duquesne 4, The Citadel 4, Youngstown State 3, Holy Cross 3, Northwestern State 2, Drake 1, Lafayette 1.

DR. CAVIL”S BLACK COLLEGE MAJOR DIVISION RANKINGS
Name, (record), first-place votes, total points, previous week, last week and next week opponent
1. Alabama State (6-1), (7), 104, 1 (Did not play, vs. Alabama A&M)
2. Jackson State (6-1), (3), 101, 3 (Did not play, vs. Prairie View A&M)
3. Alabama A&M (5-2), (2), 100, 5 (Did not play, vs. Alabama State)
4. Norfolk State (6-2), 71, 2 (Lost to Bethune-Cookman 14-6, vs. North Carolina A&T)
5. Florida A&M (5-3), 67, 9 (Beat South Carolina State 27-24, open)
6. Prairie View A&M (4-3), 52, 7 (Did not play, vs. Jackson State)
7. Hampton (4-3), 43, 8 (Beat North Carolina Central 30-27OT, at Savannah State)
8. North Carolina A&T (4-3), 26, 6 (Lost to Howard 35-28OT, at Norfolk State)
9. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-3), 14, 10 (Did not play, vs. Grambling State)
10. Bethune-Cookman (4-3), 11, NR (Beat Norfolk State 14-6), at North Carolina Central)
Also receiving votes: Morgan State (4-3) 10, South Carolina State (4-4) 8, Howard (4-4) 6. Dropped out: South Carolina State (4-4)

URBAN SPORTS NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Rank, team, record, USN comment
1. Alabama State, 6-1: Off. Next up: Meet rival Alabama A&M on 10/29; trap game.
2. Jackson State, 6-1: Off. Next up: Meet Prairie View in Shreveport Classic; which JSU team will show up? Trap game.
3. Winston-Salem State, 8-0: Cruised to 59-7 win over Edward Waters. Next up: Host Shaw; trap game.
4. Albany State, 6-2: Scraped up a 18-13 win over Clark-AU. Next up: Host Benedict.
5. Norfolk State, 6-2: Bad QB play and poor game plan doomed the Spartans in 14-6 loss to Bethune. Next up: Host North Carolina A&T; trap game.
6. Morehouse Maroon, 6-2: Edged improving Benedict 37-31. Next up: Visit Fort Valley State; trap game.
7. Bethune-Cookman, 4-3: Talented team that could run the table if they eliminate mistakes and get better QB play; beat Norfolk 14-6. Next up: Visit NC Central.
8. Florida A&M, 5-3: Beat South Carolina State on the road 27-24. Next up: Host North Carolina A&T in elimination game for conference title on 11/5.
9. Hampton, 4-3: Edged NC Central; were Pirates looking ahead? Next up: Visit Savannah State.
10. Alabama A&M, 5-2: Off. Next up: Meet Alabama State in Magic City Classic in Birmingham.
Others receiving consideration: Elizabeth City, Howard, Langston, Prairie View, South Carolina State, Stillman. Dropped out: North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Stillman. Moving Up: Bethune-Cookman, Elizabeth City, FAMU, Langston. Trending down: North Carolina A&T, Prairie View, South Carolina State, Stillman.

FCS NOW POLL, WEEK EIGHT
Rank, team (first-place votes)
16. Alabama State
18. Jackson State
25. Norfolk State
Others receiving votes: Chattanooga; Massachusetts; Eastern Washington; Portland State; North Dakota; Tennessee Tech; Texas State; William & Mary; Albany; Harvard; Youngstown State; Furman.

ANYGIVENSATURDAY TOP 25, WEEK 8
Rank, team, total votes, first-place votes
21 Alabama State Hornets 437
Also receiving votes: 31. Norfolk State, 123; 32. Jackson State, 100.

Complete black college football polls, Week 7: Bunched up records, but not votes

The records are bunched up, but the concensus amongst voters in the black college football polls is not.

Alabama State sits atop the Sheridan Broadcasting Network, Dr. Cavil’s, Heritage Sports Radio Network and the Urban Sports Network polls. Meanwhile, Norfolk State is at No. 2 on the Sheridan, Heritage, USN and Dr. Cavil’s. Jackson is No. 3, according to Heritage, USN and Dr. Cavil’s, as well.

All three teams sit at 6-1 on the year.

Defending Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division champ Alabama State, now ranked No. 19 in the national Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top-25 College Football Poll, is coming off a resounding win over SWAC West leader Prairie View 20-7, a game which saw the Hornets jump out to a 17-0 halftime lead. Reggie Barlow and Co. face rival Alabama A&M in the Magic City Classic following a bye week.

“The Alabama State defense is loaded with playmakers in the linebacker corps and secondary,” said John Posey, CEO of Urban Sports News. “Kejuan Riley, Leland Baker, and Saeed Lee headline a defense that limited an explosive Prairie View defense to only seven points. Add in the All-American candidate Nick Andrews at wide receiver and the Hornets are a difficult team to beat.”

Here’s a look at complete black college football polling …

SHERIDAN BROADCASTING NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Alabama State (17), 6-1, 259, 1
2. Norfolk State (12), 6-1, 246, 2
3. South Carolina State, 4-3, 178, 3
4. Jackson State, 6-1, 145, 4
5. Winston-Salem State (1), 7-0, 121, 5
6. Bethune-Cookman, 3-3, 97, 8
7. Albany State, 4-2, 82, 9
8. Alabama A&M, 4-2, 56, 10
9. North Carolina A&T, 4-2, 51, NR
10. Hampton, 3-3, 39, 6
Others receiving votes: Stillman 34, Florida A&M 28, Morehouse 23, Elizabeth City State 19, Morgan State 15.

HERITAGE SPORTS RADIO NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Alabama State (18), 6-1, 217, 1
2. Norfolk State (3), 6-1, 201, 2
3. Jackson State, 6-1, 171, 3
4. South Carolina State, 4-3, 148, 4
5. Alabama A&M, 5-2, 133, 6
6. North Carolina A&T, 4-2, 113, 8
7. Hampton, 3-3, 71, 5
8. Prairie View A&M, 4-3, 61, 7
9. Florida A&M, 4-3, 51, 10
10. Morgan State, 4-3, 20, NR
Others receiving votes: Bethune-Cookman 11, Howard 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5.

SPORTS NETWORK/FATHEAD.COM FCS TOP 25
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
19. Alabama State, 6-1, 768, 24
23. Jackson State, 6-1, 529, 25
24. Norfolk State, 6-1, 511, NR
Others receiving votes: Texas State 217, Tennessee Tech 211, Liberty 150, Chattanooga 135, Sacramento State 111, Central Arkansas 109, San Diego 104, Harvard 98, Samford 93, McNeese Sate 79, Illinois State 41, Weber State 36, South Carolina State 30, Eastern Washington 30, Brown 23, Cal Poly 22, Albany 19, Coastal Carolina 17, Furman 16, Tennessee State 13, Elon 10, Alabama A&M 9, Jacksonville 8, Stony Brook 8, Portland State 6, South Alabama 4, North Carolina A&T 4, Southern Utah 3, Southern Illinois 3, Penn 3, Sacred Heart 2, Northwestern State 2, Murray State 1, Alcorn State 1, UT Martin 1.

DR. CAVIL’S BLACK COLLEGE MAJOR DIVISION TOP 10
Team, (record), first-place votes, total, previous week, last and next week’s opponents
1. Alabama State (6-1), (7), 104, 1 (Beat Prairie View A&M 20-7, open)
2. Norfolk State (6-1), (3), 99, 3 (Beat Hampton 34-24, vs. Bethune-Cookman)
3. Jackson State (6-1), (2), 96, 2 (Beat Mississippi Valley State 17-16, open)
4. South Carolina State (4-3), 72, 4 (Beat Georgia State 23-13, vs. Florida A&M
5. Alabama A&M (5-2), 65, 7 (Beat Texas Southern 24-21, open)
6. North Carolina A&T (4-2), 53, 8 (Beat Delaware State 42-24, at Howard)
7. Prairie View A&M (4-3), 46, 5 (Lost to Alabama State 20-7, open)
8. Hampton (3-3), 29, 6 (Lost to Norfolk State 34-24, vs. North Carolina Central)
9. Florida A&M (4-3), 15, 10 (Beat Savannah State 47-7, at South Carolina State)
10. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-3), 10, NR (Beat Southern 22-21, open)
Other receiving votes: Morgan State (4-3) 9, Bethune-Cookman (3-3) 7, Howard (3-4) 4, Tennessee State (3-4) 1. Dropped out: Howard (3-4).

URBAN SPORTS NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Rank, team, record, USN comment
1. Alabama State, 6-1: Hornets defense shut down Prairie View offense in 20-7 win. Next up: Off. Meet Rival Alabama A&M on 10/29.
2. Norfolk State, 6-1: The Spartans are for real; beat rival Hampton 34-24. Next up: Host Bethune in ESPNU game.
3. Jackson State, 6-1: Won squeaker against winless Mississippi Valley 17-16. Next up: Off. Host Prairie View on 10/29.
4. Winston-Salem State, 7-0: Scorched Livingstone 63-7. Next up: Host Edward Waters.
5. South Carolina State, 4-3: Beat Georgia State 23-13. Next up: Host FAMU.
6. Albany State, 5-2: Defeated Morehouse 25-15 in SIAC showdown; should run the table. Next up: Clark-AU in South Georgia Heritage Classic.
7. Hampton, 3-3: Lost to Norfolk State 34-24. Next up: Host North Carolina Central.
8. North Carolina A&T, 4-2: Blasted Delaware State 42-24; Coach Broadway wins wherever he goes — great coach. Next up: Visit Howard.
9. Morehouse, 5-2: Lost to Albany State 25-15. Next up: Host Benedict for homecoming.
10. Stillman, 5-1: Struggled in 24-21 win against Chowan. Next Up: Visit Fort Valley State; trap game for the Tigers.
Others receiving consideration: Alabama A&M, Bethune-Cookman, Elizabeth City, FAMU, Langston, Morgan State, Prairie View. Dropped out: Prairie View. Moving up: Alabama A&M, Elizabeth City, FAMU, North Carolina A&T. Trending down: Hampton, Prairie View.

2011 FCS NOW POLL, WEEK SEVEN
Rank, team, (first-place votes)
20. Alabama State
24. Norfolk State
Others receiving votes: South Carolina State; Jackson State; Liberty; Weber State; Sacramento State; Chattanooga; Portland State; Illinois State; South Dakota; Eastern Washington; Tennessee Tech; Central Arkansas; Coastal Carolina; Albany; McNeese State; Harvard.

ANYGIVENSATURDAY.COM FCS POLL
Rank, team, total votes, first-place votes
18. Norfolk State, 669, 0
25. Alabama State, 254, 0
Also receiving votes: 32. Jackson State, 52; 33. South Carolina State, 35.