BOXTOROW Polls: N.C. A&T remains No. 1, but losses cause shakeups in polls

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Losses amongst the top five teams caused movement in both the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls.

North Carolina A&T won the MEAC championship on Saturday and remained No. 1, receiving all but two first place votes after defeating last year’s MEAC champion North Carolina Central. The Aggies remain undefeated and NCCU remains at No. 7.

The No. 2 ranked Grambling Tigers were off last week and received the other two first place votes. Southern was also off, but moved up to No. 3. Bethune-Cookman moved up to No. 4 after its victory over Florid A&M in the Florida Classic and Alcorn State rounds out the top five, dropping two spots after falling to rival Jackson State.

In the media poll, Virginia State and Bowie State lost first round NCAA Division II playoff games, ending their seasons. VSU remained at No. 3 and BSU dropped a spot to No. 5. Alcorn State, Howard and NCCU all dropped from last week, while Bethune-Cookman reentered the poll at No. 10 after its win over Florida A&M. Langston also lost a first round NAIA playoff game and dropped out of the poll.

The BOXTOROW HBCU FCS coaches poll and the media poll are administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW.  The coaches poll is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches and the media poll is voted on by media members around the country who cover HBCU football.

2017 BOXTOROW HBCU FCS Football Coaches Top 10 Poll
Week 12
(Records through November 18, 2017)

No. Team W-L Pts Last Week
1 North Carolina A&T (17) 11-0 188 1
2 Grambling (2) 9-1 173 2
3 Southern 7-3 147 4
4 Bethune-Cookman 7-4 116 6
5 Alcorn State 7-4 111 3
6 Howard 7-4 90 5
7 North Carolina Central 7-4 82 7
8 Hampton 6-5 51 10
9 Prairie View A&M 5-5 48 9
10 Tennessee State 6-5 35 8

Other receiving votes: Alabama State (4-6) 2, Norfolk State (4-7) 2.

(1st place votes in parentheses)

 

2017 BOXTOROW HBCU Media Top 10 Poll
Week 12
(Records through November 18, 2017)

No. Team W-L Pts. Last Week
1 North Carolina A&T (15) 11-0 159 1
2 Grambling (1) 9-1 144 2
3 Virginia State 10-1 111 3
4 Southern 7-3 98 6
5 Bowie State 9-2 84 4
6 Alcorn State 7-4 70 5
7 Tuskegee 9-2 57 8
8 North Carolina Central 7-4 40 9
9 Howard 7-4 36 7
10 Bethune-Cookman 7-4 31 NR

Other receiving votes: Hamptom (6-5) 22, Langston (10-1) 20, Tennessee State (6-5) 7, Benedict (7-2) 1.

(1st place votes in parentheses)

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