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2019 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll Week 2

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

The Aggies didn’t take a hit at all in the HBCU poll, and only took a minimum fall of two spots to No. 17 in the NCAA’s FCS poll after a respectable road loss at Duke.
Up next: at Charleston Southern, Saturday

2 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman 1-0 -

After having last weekend’s game canceled by Hurricane Dorian, the Wildcats returned to campus on Sunday to prepare for their most daunting matchup on the schedule.
Up next: at Miami, Saturday

3 Alcorn State Alcorn State 1-1 -

The Braves rushed for 324 yards and five touchdowns while improving to 14-0 since 2017 when leading at halftime, as they cruised to a home-opening win over Mississippi College.
Up next: at McNeese State, Saturday

4 South Carolina State South Carolina St. 2-0 -

After upsetting FCS Top 25-ranked Wofford, the Bulldogs kept it rolling with an easy 34-0 shutout of Lane, and are within striking distance of their own spot in the FCS poll.
Up next: at South Florida, Saturday

5 Prairie View Prairie View 1-1 -

After falling behind 34-3 at FBS Houston, the Panthers gained confidence by outscoring Cougars reserves 14-3 the rest of the way, building momentum to host FCS-ranked Nicholls.
Up next: vs Nichols State, Saturday

6 Southern Southern 0-2 -

The Jaguars took their opening drive 75 yard for a TD and put a legit scare into FCS Memphis for two-and-a-half quarters before fading late. Southern finally gets a needed win this week.
Up next: vs Edward Waters, Saturday

T-8 Grambling Grambling 0-2 +2

A valiant effort in a 20-14 loss to crosstown FBS foe Louisiana Tech proved way too costly for the Tigers, who lost senior linebacker Dan Fields for the season to a gruesome knee injury.
Up next: Bye week

T-8 Virginia Union Virginia Union 1-0 NR

Perhaps it’s only fitting that Division-II Virginia Union jumps into the poll this week to replace the Hampton team it upset last Saturday in the early shocker of the HBCU season.
Up next: vs Lenoir-Rhyne, Saturday

9 Alabama State Alabama State 1-1 NR

Arguably the most impressive team of the early HBCU season, the Hornets have a shot at a true statement win if they can knock off FCS Top 10-ranked Kennesaw State in Montgomery.
Up next: vs Kennesaw State, Saturday

10 Arkansas Pine Bluff Arkansas Pine Bluff 1-1 NR

Going on the road to hang 52 points on a solid Alabama A&M team last week served notice throughout the SWAC that the Golden Lions are roaring back to league relevance.
Up next: vs Langston, Saturday

Kennesaw State
Kennesaw State (1-1) vsAlabama State (1-1)
Alabama State

Two major HBCU ‘Classics’ are on this weekend’s slate in Memphis and Chicago, yet Montgomery serves as the site of the most significant game involving a black college football team Saturday. Whereas last weekend was defined by HBCU programs showing competitive fight while collecting six-figure guarantee checks from FBS foes, this week is about sizing up against strong, non-conference FCS competition. After nearly upsetting UAB and then holding off instate rival Tuskegee, Alabama State has a huge opportunity to shock the nation at home against perennial FCS playoff contender Kennesaw State. It’s rare that a non-HBCU team of the caliber of No. 7-ranked Kennesaw State travels to face a black college team for a non-conference game. But let’s hope these kind of matchups become more of the norm at the FCS level.