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.

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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.

Is listing Delaware State poised to stabilize with return of Justin Wilson?

Once upon a time, Delaware State was on a roll, winners of two in a row to open the 2011 season. That was then.

When wide receiver Justin Wilson, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s preseason player of the year, went down with a high-ankle sprain in Week 2, Delaware State lost most of its offense — and every game since. That four-game slide began with ugly losses against Delaware and South Carolina State by a combined 114-0. Next came a 34-7 pasting from Florida A&M, as the Wilson-less Delaware State put up just 377 total yards through next three games.

Delaware State coach Kermit Blount, in his first-year after a long stint at Winston-Salem State, remained upbeat: “This is a life lesson for these young men that I’m coaching,” he told St. Clair Murraine of the Tallahassee Democrat. “Life is never easy and it’s never always a good day or bad day. You just have to make the best of it. They’re not going to quit so we are going to deal with the bumps in the road.”

Even so, there was clearly something missing. And that thing might just have been Wilson: He returned last week, and though Delaware State (2-4, 0-3 MEAC) fell 38-21 to Norfolk State, Hornets quarterback Nick Elko connected for a career-high 339 yards. Wilson also set a career mark with 10 receptions, piling up 118 yards and a touchdown.

This team is, of course, far from back on track. After all, the Hornets lost in the end. Too, they are traveling this week to face a resurgent North Carolina A&T under first-year coach Rod Broadway, who has led the team to an undefeated start in league play that includes an impressive 22-3 win last week over reigning MEAC co-champion Bethune-Cookman.

The Bethune game, actually, wasn’t even as close as the score indicates, as A&T (3-2, 2-0) recovered three fumbles, intercepted a pass, recorded a safety and held the Wildcats to 5 yards rushing. North Carolina A&T hadn’t scored back-to-back conference wins since November 2003, and hadn’t beaten Bethune-Cookman in its last seven tries.

And, whatever Wilson is able to accomplish against those Aggies, Delaware State will simply have to get better on defense. Going into the FAMU game, this group had given up 11 touchdowns, including 10 on the ground, to fall to last in the 11-team MEAC. And we all know what happened next.

Still, Wilson’s return could be the rising tide that lifts all boats. After all, in one game, Delaware State put up 23 more passing yards than the Hornets had in consecutive losses to Delaware, South Carolina State and Florida A&M … combined.

Norfolk State — yep, Norfolk State — is sitting in the MEAC driver’s seat

Raise your hand if you thought, going into the 2011 campaign, that this week’s Norfolk State-Hampton game — known as the Battle of the Bay to locals — could set up as a season-changing event in the MEAC.

OK, everyone who works for either of those institutions, put your hands down, as well.

Yep, that’s what I thought. Nobody. No hands.

Still, here we are: Norfolk State, picked to finish fifth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference after going 6-5 a year ago, has nevertheless charged out to a 5-1 mark — and first place in the league at 3-0 — after Saturday’s 38-21 win at Delaware State. That one loss? At FBS opponent West Virginia, a perhaps-expected 55-12 drubbing back on Sept. 10.

The Spartans come into this contest riding the hot hand of senior quarterback Chris Walley, the conference’s reigning co-offensive player of the week after passing for a career-high 327 yards against Delaware State. He’s tops in the MEAC with nearly 1,400 passing yards already, and tops in the nation with a 75 percent completion percentage. There’s been a trickle down effect too, with Norfolk State’s Xavier Boyce leading the MEAC in receiving yards and catches. Then, as teams have focused on trying to stop Walley and Co., that’s tended to open up space for Takeem Hedgeman, who is now second in the league in rushing yards per game.

South Carolina State, remember, was picked to win a fourth straight conference title in preseason polling. That was before Norfolk State beat the Bulldogs, then ranked No. 22 in black college football, 17-14 back on on Oct. 1. Result: Coach Pete Adrian and Norfolk find themselves in the MEAC driver’s seat, with four games remaining — Hampton this week, a reeling Bethune-Cookman at home on Oct. 20, then Savannah State on Nov. 5 and Morgan State on Nov. 12.

“If they beat South Carolina State, Hampton and Bethune,” South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough (3-3; 3-1) told The (Orangeburg, S.C.) Times and Democrat, “then let me tell you something: They deserve to be conference champions. I’ll pat them on the back and say ‘Go get them’ and we’ll try again next time.”

First up for Norfolk State, though, is perhaps the toughest matchup left: A difficult and emotional regional rivalry game against Hampton (3-2, 1-1 MEAC). The Pirates counter with fellow senior David Legree, who just passed for more than 300 yards in a game for the first time in his career with the Pirates, helping his team to a 28-23 win over Princeton on Saturday.

Look just below Walley on the conference stats list. Yep, that’s Legree in second with 1,154 total passing yards so far in 2011. He’s complete 64 percent of his attempts. Walley has eight touchdowns, Legreee has seven. Legree is averaging 280 yards of total offense per game, Walley is average 266.

A season-changing MEAC game between Norfolk State and Hampton? Yep.

Complete black college football polls, Week 6: Alabama State reigns; No. 2 is the question

Alabama State is tops on the Sheridan Broadcasting Network, Heritage Sports Radio Network, Dr. Cavil’s Black College Major Division Football Top 10 and Urban Sports News poll, after besting Texas Southern 43-28 last week. Just who ranks at No. 2, however, is in doubt.

“Alabama State is playing the best football in the country right now period,” said John Posey, CEO of Urban Sports News. “They have a strong linebacking corps and a talented secondary. They face a tough Prairie View team Saturday in a battle of SWAC division leaders.

Jackson State is at No. 2 on both the Dr. Cavil’s and USN lists. Both Alabama State and Jackson moved into the Sports Network’s national polling, as well. Surprising Norfolk State is at No. 2 on the Sheridan and Heritage Sports Radio Network Top 10s, and has also entered the FCS Now Poll. Meanwhile, Bethune-Cookman continued its free-fall, losing for the third time in its last four games — this time, 22-3 at North Carolina A&T. Bethune subsequrntly dropped out of the Urban Sports News Top 10.

“Jackson State has righted the ship and is playing to their potential,” Posey said. “Maybe the other polls will get religion and rank JSU where they belong. JSU was ranked below Albany State and Bethune by Sheridan last week. … Keep your eye on Howard, Alabama A&M, Morgan State and North Carolina A&T. Norfolk’s season will be determined over the next two weeks. They host Hampton and Bethune. Alabama A&M and Prairie View are trending up in our eyes. FAMU and Stillman could break into the Top 10 with wins coupled with losses from key teams.”

Here’s a complete look at black college football polling for Week 6 …

SHERIDAN BROADCASTING NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Team, first-place votes, record, points, previous rank
1. Alabama State (20), 5-1, 267, 1
2. Norfolk State (9), 5-1, 239, 3
3. South Carolina State 3-3, 182, 5
4. Jackson State 5-1, 149,7
5. Winston-Salem State (1), 6-0, 127, 6
6. Hampton 3-2, 102, 9
7. Morehouse 5-1, 78, 10
8. Bethune-Cookman 2-3, 53, 2
9. Albany State 3-2, 47, 4
10. Alabama A&M 3-2, 42, NR
Others receiving votes: Prairie View 37, Stillman 31, North Carolina A&T 25, Florida A&M 14, Elizabeth City State 11.

HERITAGE SPORTS RADIO NETWORK FCS POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. Alabama State (20), 5-1, 267, 1
2. Norfolk State (9), 5-1, 239, 3
3. South Carolina State 3-3, 182, 5
4. Jackson State 5-1, 149, 7
5. Winston-Salem State (1), 6-0, 127, 6
6. Hampton 3-2, 102, 9
7. Morehouse 5-1, 78, 10
8. Bethune-Cookman 2-3, 53, 2
9. Albany State 3-2, 47, 4
10. Alabama A&M 3-2, 42, NR
Others receiving votes: Prairie View 37, Stillman 31, North Carolina A&T 25, Florida A&M 14, Elizabeth City State 11.

THE SPORTS NETWORK/FATHEAD.COM FCS TOP 25
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
24. Alabama State 5-1, 445, NR
25. Jackson State 5-1, 306, NR
Others receiving votes: Norfolk State 290, Southern Illinois 243, Chattanooga 211, Coastal Carolina 182, Massachusetts 160, Southern Utah 132, Sacramento State 128, Texas State 121, San Diego 65, Portland State 62, Liberty 61, Samford 44, Elon 44, Harvard 34, Central Arkansas 33, Yale 32, South Carolina State 31, Hampton 19, Furman 19, South Dakota State 17, Eastern Washington 13, Weber State 12, UT Martin 11, Cal Poly 8, Stony Brook 8, Albany 8, Western Illinois 6, Brown 5, Drake 3, Penn 3, Eastern Kentucky 1, North Carolina A&T 1, UC Davis 1, Jacksonville 1.

DR. CAVIL’S BLACK COLLEGE MAJOR DIVISION TOP 10
Team, (record), first-place votes, points, previous week, last week’s and next week’s opponents
1. Alabama State (5-1), (6), 103, 1 (Beat Texas Southern 43-29, vs. Prairie View A&M)
2. Jackson State (5-1), (3), 99, 2 (Beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 48-10, at Mississippi Valley State)
3. Norfolk State (5-1), (3), 98, 3 (Beat Delaware State 38-21, vs. Hampton)
4. South Carolina State (3-3), 76, 4 (Beat North Carolina Central 49-38, vs. Georgia State)
5. Prairie View A&M (4-2), 63, 7 (Beat Southern 23-20, at Alabama State)
6. Hampton (3-2), 50, 6 (Beat Princeton 28-23, at Norfolk State)
7. Alabama A&M (4-2), 47, 9 (Beat Mississippi Valley State 37-14, vs. Texas Southern)
8. North Carolina A&T (3-2), 28, NR (Beat Bethune-Cookman 22-3, vs. Delaware State)
9. Howard (3-3), 14, NR (Beat Florida A&M 29-28, vs. Georgetown)
10. Florida A&M (3-3), 13, 8 (Lost to Howard 29-28, at Savannah State)
Others receiving votes: Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-3) 7, Morgan State (3-3) 7, Bethune-Cookman (2-3) 6, Texas Southern (2-3) 1. Dropped out: Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-3), Bethune-Cookman (2-3)

URBAN SPORTS NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Rank, team, record, USN comment
1. Alabama State, 5-1: Spotted Texas Southern a 22-16 lead then scored 27 straight points to win 43-28. Next up: Host Prairie View in showdown between SWAC division leaders.
2. Jackson State, 5-1: Crushed Arkansas-Pine Bluff 48-10. Next up: Host Mississippi Valley.
3. Norfolk State, 5-1: Smoked Delaware State 38-21. Next up: Host Hampton in Battle of the Bay.
4. Hampton, 3-2: Beat Princeton 28-23. Next up: Visit Norfolk State in Battle of the Bay.
5. Winston-Salem State, 6-0: Beat Saint Augustine’s 35-28. Next up: Visit Livingstone.
6. Morehouse, 5-1: Beat Tuskegee 17-14. Next up: Visit Albany State in conference showdown.
7. South Carolina State, 3-3: Beat North Carolina Central 49-38. Next up: Host Georgia State in nonconference tilt.
8. Prairie View, 4-2: Beat Southern 23-20. Next up: QB must play better or will get blown out at Alabama State.
9. Albany State, 4-2: Lost to Lane 26-24. Next up: Host Morehouse in showdown game.
10. Stillman, 5-1: Blasted Benedict 44-0. Next up: Host Chowan.
Others receiving consideration: Alabama A&M, Bethune, Elizabeth City, Florida A&M, Virginia Union. Dropped out: Bethune-Cookman; Moving up: Alabama A&M; Trending down: Albany State, Bethune-Cookman, South Carolina State.

2011 FCS NOW POLL, WEEK 6
Team, (first-place votes)
23. Alabama State
24. Norfolk St.
Others receiving votes: Coastal Carolina; South Carolina State; Texas State; McNeese State; Jackson State; Liberty; Portland State; Weber State; Chattanooga; Southern Utah; Sacramento State; Yale; Central Arkansas; Elon; Massachusetts; Southern Illinois.

ANYGIVENSATURDAY.COM FCS TOP 25
Team, total points, first place votes
21 Norfolk State 329
Others recieving votes: 31. Alabama State, 77. 39. South Carolina State, 18. 40. Delaware State, 16.

Complete black college football polls, Week 4: The return of a consensus (well, almost) No. 1

South Carolina State is almost back to consensus status, after destroying once-resurgent MEAC foe Delaware State. The Bulldogs are now atop the Sheridan Broadcasting Network, Heritage Sports Radio Network, and the Urban Sports News polls. Dr. Cavil’s Black College Major Division Football Top 10 Rankings, meanwhile, have the SWAC’s Alabama State at No. 1.

“South Carolina State moves to No. 1 this week, but Alabama State is waiting in the wings,” said John Posey, CEO of Urban Sports News. “UAPB, Winston-Salem State, Morehouse and Stillman are winning and not getting a lot of respect in the other polls. Stillman beat Tuskegee, so we think this team bears watching. If Texas Southern beats Jackson State, keep your eye on them. Their offense is young and will only get better. Coach Northern has the Prairie View Panthers playing hard. His two freshman quarterbacks are getting better every week. If they beat Grambling Saturday, they not only end Grambling’s hopes for a SWAC West title, but control their destiny for a west championship.”

South Carolina State also moved up from No. 25 to 22 in the Sports Network national rankings of FCS programs.

Here’s a look at the complete black college football polls for Week 4 …

SHERIDAN BROADCASTING NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. South Carolina State (22) 2-2, 264, 1
2. Bethune-Cookman (5) 2-1, 217, 2
3. Alabama State (3), 3-1, 193, 5
4. Albany State 2-1, 142, 4
5. Winston-Salem State 4-0, 139, 6
6. Jackson State 3-1, 96, 3
7. Florida A&M 2-2, 82, 9
8. Norfolk State 3-1, 74, 10
9. Hampton 2-2, 48, 8
10. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3-1, 31, NR
Others receiving votes: Texas Southern 26, Morehouse 21, Prairie View A&M 17, Stillman 13, Morgan State 11.

HERITAGE SPORTS RADIO NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE FCS POLL
Team, first-place votes, record, points, previous rank
1. South Carolina State (19) 2-2, 199, 1
2. Bethune-Cookman (1) 2-1, 174, 3
3. Alabama State 3-1, 164, 5
4. Norfolk State 3-1, 130, 6
5. Jackson State 3-1, 112, 2
6. Hampton 2-2, 95, 4
7. Florida A&M 2-2, 90, 8
8. Texas Southern 2-1, 53, 10
9. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3-1, 36, NR
10. Alabama A&M 2-2, 26, NR
Others receiving votes: Grambling State 11, Delaware State 7.

THE SPORTS NETWORK/FATHEAD.COM FCS TOP 25
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
22. South Carolina State Bulldogs 2-2 706 25
Others receiving votes: Tennessee Tech 175, Alabama State 152, Maine 144, Old Dominion 144, Weber State 140, Stephen F. Austin 87, Holy Cross 87, Elon 83, Jackson State 68, Bethune-Cookman 66, Liberty 60, Yale 55, Eastern Washington 50, UT Martin 49, North Dakota 44, Murray State 37, Youngstown State 33, Central Arkansas 24, Portland State 23, Missouri State 21, Norfolk State 21, South Dakota State 17, Coastal Carolina 15, Cal Poly 11, Eastern Kentucky 11, Monmouth 10, Hampton 8, Texas State 7, Furman 7, UC Davis 6, Alabama A&M 5, San Diego 5, Stony Brook 5, Dayton 5, Harvard 4, South Alabama 3, Rhode Island 3, Northwestern State 3, Jacksonville 3, Tennessee State 2, Georgetown 1, Texas Southern 1, Northern Arizona 1, Villanova 1.

DR. CAVIL’S BLACK COLLEGE MAJOR DIVISION FOOTBALL TOP 10
Name, record, first-place votes, points, previous rank, last and next game
1. Alabama State (3-1), (6), 103, 2 (Beat Jackson State 21-14, vs. Alcorn State)
2. South Carolina State (2-2), (6), 102, 3 (Beat Delaware State 69-0, at Norfolk State)
3. Jackson State (3-1), 91, 1 (Lost to Alabama State 21-14, vs. Texas Southern)
4. Bethune-Cookman (2-1), 85, 5 (Beat Hampton 35-31, at Miami/FBS)
5. Norfolk State (3-1), 62,6 (Beat Charleston Southern 33-3, vs. South Carolina State)
6. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-1), 54, 7 (Beat Clark Atlanta/DII 9-6, at Alabama A&M)
7. Texas Southern (2-1), 42, 8 (Beat Alcorn State 14-7, at Jackson State)
8. Hampton (2-2), 29, 4 (Lost to Bethune-Cookman 35-31, vs. Princeton)
9. Florida A&M (2-2), 13, NR (Beat Southern 38-33, vs. Delaware State)
10. Prairie View A&M (2-2), 12, NR (Beat Mississippi Valley State 43-34, vs. Grambling State)
Dropped out: Grambling State-(1-3), Delaware State-(2-2)
Also receiving votes: Delaware State (2-2) 9, Alabama A&M (2-2) 8, Morgan State (2-2) 4.

URBAN SPORTS NEWS BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Rank, team, record, USN comment
1. South Carolina State, 2-2: Destroyed Delaware State 69-0. Beat down on the weak. Next up: Visit Norfolk State.
2. Alabama State, 3-1: Hornets just win. Won showdown against Jackson State 21-14. Next up: Host Alcorn.
3. Jackson State, 3-1: Lost showdown with defending SWAC East champion Alabama State 21-14. Next up: Host tough Texas Southern 212 defense.
4. Bethune-Cookman, 2-1: Replay saved the Wildcats from being burned on blitz call on last play of 35-31 win over Hampton. Not playing to potential. Next up: Visit Miami in pay-day game.
5. Hampton Pirates, 2-2: Lost heartbreaker after replay took away TD against Bethune. A couple of breaks from being undefeated. Coach Bailey loves the Pirates’ QB. Next up: Off; host Princeton on 10/8.
6. Texas Southern, 2-1: Won defensive struggle against Alcorn 14-7. If offense can score 20 points, TSU will be hard to beat. Next up: Visit Jackson State on ESPN Thursday.
7. Albany State, 3-1: Squeaked by Miles 34-27. Next up: Meet Kentucky State in Circle City Classic.
8. Winston-Salem State, 4-0: Torched Fayetteville State 56-20. Next up: Host Johnson C. Smith for homecoming.
9. Morehouse, 3-1: Beat Lane 25-21. Next up: Host Clark in neighborhood ATL battle. Tuskegee and Albany State loom large.
10. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 3-1: Not fancy. Under the radar. Beat Clark 9-7 at Gateway Classic. Next up: Visit Alabama A&M.
Dropped out: Bowie State; Moving Up: Norfolk State, Prairie View.
Others receiving consideration: Bowie State, FAMU, Kentucky State, Stillman.

ANYGIVENSATUDAY.COM TOP 26 FCS POLL
Rank, team, total points, first-place votes
20. South Carolina State, 611, 0
Others receiving votes: 35T. Bethune-Cookman, 37, 0.

Complete black college football polls: Is Jackson State getting overlooked?

Is Jackson State, undefeated but ineligible for the postseason in the wake of low APR scores, getting overlooked in the polls?

South Carolina State, coming off an impressive effort against an FBS foe but boasting just one win on the year, remains atop the Sheridan Broadcasting Network and Heritage Sports Radio Network’s black college football polls. The Bulldogs are also the only HBCU ranked in the Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25.

Meanwhile, Jackson State belatedly moved into the top spot in the Urban Sports News and Dr. Cavil’s polls, after its come-from behind 28-24 victory over rival Southern in SWAC play. The Tigers are now at No. 27 in the nation, according to the Sports Network.

“I think Jackson State has been given short shrift in other polls due to their post-season ban,” said John Posey, CEO of Urban Sports News. “They have ‘The Payton Manning of the SWAC,’ outstanding receivers, and a stout defense. They are undefeated which is why we have elevated them to number one. South Carolina State has two, ugly losses and Bethune lost to SC State.”

Here’s a complete look at black college football polling for Week 3 …

SHERIDAN BROADCASTING NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
1. South Carolina State (19) 1-2, 253, 1
2. Bethune-Cookman (7) 1-1, 224, 3
3. Jackson State (4) 3-0, 186, 5
4. Albany State 2-1, 145, 2
5. Alabama State 2-1, 137, 10
6. Winston-Salem State 3-0, 114, 8
7. Grambling 1-2, 85, 4
8. Hampton 2-1, 58, 6
9. Florida A&M 1-2, 42, 7
10. Norfolk State 2-1, 37, NR
Others receiving votes: Texas Southern 30, Delaware State 23, Morehouse 21, Bowie State 17, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 14.

HERITAGE SPORTS RADIO NETWORK BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous, rank
1. South Carolina State (9) 1-2, 190, 1
2. Jackson State (10), 3-0, 186, 3
3. Bethune-Cookman (2), 1-1, 185, 2
4. Hampton 2-1, 132, 4
5. Alabama State 2-1, 129, 7
6. Norfolk State, 2-1, 91, 10
7. Grambling State 1-2, 70, 5
8. Florida A&M 1-2, 67, 6
9. Delaware State 2-1, 41, 8
10. Texas Southern 1-1, 38, NR
Others receiving votes: Tennessee State 16, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3, Alcorn State 2, North Carolina Central 1.

THE SPORTS NETWORK/FATHEAD.COM FCS TOP 25
Team, (first-place votes), record, points, previous rank
25. South Carolina State (1-2), 336, 25
Others receiving votes: Liberty 332, Jackson State 260, Central Arkansas 249, Old Dominion 240, Youngstown State 228, Towson 184, Maine 105, Indiana State 102, Sacramento State 101, Holy Cross 82, Weber State 52, Bethune-Cookman 50, Tennessee Tech 41, Alabama State 41, Eastern Kentucky 37, Yale 37, Hampton 37, Elon 31, South Dakota State 27, North Dakota 26, Portland State 26, Cal Poly 23, Brown 20, Rhode Island 19, Western Illinois 18, UC Davis 13, Central Connecticut Stae 13, Stony Brook 11, Penn 10, Villanova 9, Dartmouth 8, Idaho State 7, Campbell 7, Delaware State 6, UT Martin 6, Lafayette 4, Monmouth 3, Southeastern Louisiana 2, Jacksonville 2, Dayton 1, San Diego 1, North Carolina Central 1.

DR. CAVIL’S BLACK COLLEGE MAJOR DIVISION FOOTBALL TOP 10
Name, (record), first-place votes, total points, previous week, last and next opponent
1. Jackson State (3-0) (6), 106, 2 (Beat Southern 28-24, vs. Alabama State)
2. Alabama State (2-1) (3), 97 6 (Beat Grambling 31-17, at Jackson State)
3. South Carolina State (1-2) (3), 94 1 (Lost to Indiana/FBS 38-21, vs. Delaware State)
4. Hampton (2-1) 86, 3 (Lost to Old Dominion 45-42, at Bethune-Cookman)
5. Bethune-Cookman (1-1) 62, 4 (Did not play, vs. Hampton)
6. Norfolk State (2-1) 54, 9 (Beat Howard 23-9, vs. Charleston Southern)
7. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-1) 41, NR (Beat Prairie View A&M 36-29, vs. Clark Atlanta/DII)
8. Texas Southern (1-1) 28, NR (Beat Texas College 49-6, vs. Alcorn State)
9. Grambling (1-2) 17, 5 (Lost to Alabama State 31-1, vs. Alabama A&M)
10. Delaware State (2-1) 9, 10 (Lost to Delaware 45-0, at South Carolina State)
Dropped out: Florida A&M (1-2), Tennessee State (1-2)
Other receiving votes: Southern (1-2) 8, Prairie View A&M (1-2) 4, Florida A&M (1-2) 4, Tennessee State (1-2) 3, North Carolina Central (1-2) 1

URBAN SPORTS NEWS BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Rank, team, record, USN comment
1. Jackson State, 3-0: Won tough “Battle on the Bluff” 28-24 over scrappy Southern team. Next up: Host Alabama State in SWAC East showdown.
2. South Carolina, 1-2: Lost to Indiana 38-21. Next up: Host upstart Delaware State.
3. Bethune-Cookman, 1-1: Off last week. Next up: MEAC showdown with Hampton.
4. Alabama State, 2-1: Spanked Grambling 31-17. First home win against Tigers since 1997. Next up: Visit Jackson State in battle for the East lead.
5. Hampton, 2-1: Lost 45-42 to Old Dominion. Contender or pretender? Next up: Visit Bethune in Daytona.
6. Albany State, 2-1: Lost 30-27 to Valdosta State. Next up: Visit Miles.
7. Texas Southern, 1-1: Crushed Texas College 49-6. Should be undefeated. Next up: Host Alcorn.
8. Winston-Salem State, 3-0: Trounced Chowan 55-24. Next up: Host Fayetteville State.
9. Morehouse, 2-1: Blasted Edward Waters 49-15. Next up: Visit Lane.
10. Bowie State, 3-0: Dismantled Livingstone 41-14. Next up: Travel to Virginia Union.
Dropped out: FAMU, Langston, Tennessee State
Moving up: Norfolk State, UAPB.
Others receiving consideration: Delaware State, FAMU, Grambling, Langston, Prairie View.

FCS NOW POLL, WEEK 3
Rank, team, (first-place votes)
12. South Carolina State
Others receiving votes: Liberty; Cal Poly; Eastern Kentucky; Indiana State; Bethune-Cookman; Old Dominion; Maine; Massachusetts; Youngstown State; Weber State; Alabama State; Jackson State; Hampton; South Dakota State; Central Arkansas; Sacramento State.

ANYGIVENSATURDAY.COM FCS POLL
Rank, team, total votes, first-place votes
23. South Carolina State 366, 0
Others recieving votes: 38. Jackson State 43, 0; 39. Delaware State 40, 0. 40. Bethune-Cookman 37, 0.