HBCU Football

2019 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Top 10 Final Poll

No. Team W/L Last Week
1 North Carolina A&T North Carolina A&T 9-3 -

After torching Alcorn State with 64 points in a record-setting performance in the Celebration Bowl, that’s now four HBCU national championships and five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles in six years for the Aggies. And they’ve still got plenty returning for the 2020 season.
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2 Florida A&M Florida A&M 9-2 +2

Both the Boxtorow Coaches and Media polls elevated FAMU to the No. 2 spot in the final rankings only adds fuel to the fire in Tallahassee. The Rattlers already held their championship celebration after crowning themselves HBCU national champs based on beating N.C. A&T this season.
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3 South Carolina State South Carolina St. 8-3 -

Another solid season for the Bulldogs ended with a share of the MEAC championship, although it wasn’t enough to snag an at-large bid to the FCS playoff field despite beating a Wofford team that got in. Congrats to coach Buddy Pough for earning MEAC coach of the year honors.
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4 Alcorn State Alcorn State 9-4 -2

Uncharacteristic turnovers and defensive breakdowns caught up with the Braves, who went 2-2 in their final four games. Giving up 64 points in the Celebration Bowl will be a tough pill to swallow this offseason at Alcorn, but count on the Braves to bounce back again atop the SWAC in 2020.
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5 Bowie State Bowie State 11-1 -

It was a disappointing finish to the best season in school history as the Bulldogs lost at home in the opening round of the NCAA Division II playoffs two weeks ago. Bowie State exits with a bitter taste in its mouth, but the two-time defending CIAA champs are loaded for another run in 2020.
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6 Southern Southern 8-5 -

Sometimes, an opponent just has your number. But Alcorn State has Southern’s number, address, password log-in and social security info. Another SWAC West Division crown is consolation for a 10th loss in the last 11 against Alcorn, including two straight in the SWAC title game.
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7 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman 7-4 -

The Wildcats emerged from a late-season swoon that bumped them out of the MEAC title mix by celebrating an eighth straight win over FAMU at the Florida Classic. BCU kept its rival from finishing atop the HBCU polls. Probably felt almost as good as winning a title of their own.
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8 Grambling Grambling 6-5 -

Credit coach Broderick Fobbs and Grambling for salvaging their season after that 0-4 start. The Tigers won six straight to set up a winner-take-the-SWAC-West showdown against Southern at the Bayou Classic. A blocked field goal in the final seconds spoiled GSU’s Cinderella finish.
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9 Savannah State Savannah State 7-3 -

Having transitioned from the MEAC back to the Division II level in the SIAC, Savannah State was ineligible to cash in the conference’s best record for a spot in the title game or the NCAA playoffs this year. But all signs point to the Tigers being a major force in the SIAC moving ahead.
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10 Miles College Miles College 9-3 -

The Golden Bears won their fourth SIAC championship in nine years and advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the second time in school history. But a first-round loss at Lenoir-Rhyne prevented Miles from making a magical run to extend a season with the most wins in program history.
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