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2019 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll - Week 6

No. Team W/L Last Week
1 North Carolina A&T North Carolina A&T 4-1 -

FCS national player of the year candidate Jah-Maine Martin has 11 rushing TDs, and is on pace to break NFL running back Tarik Cohen’s N.C. A&T single-season record (18). Martin powers a quick-strike offense that has 10 scoring drives of six plays or less, including six one-play drives.
Up next: Bye Week

2 Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman 4-1 -

Dual-threat quarterback Akevious Williams now has three career games with at least 100 yards in both rushing and passing. That has created plenty of scoring for the Wildcats, who put up 30 or more point three times this season and in four of their last six games.
Up next: at North Carolina Central, Thursday

3 Alcorn State Alcorn State 4-2 -

The Braves are now 17-0 since 2017 when leading games at halftime, and they’ve won 16 of their past 18 games against SWAC East opponents. They’ve also done impressive work pulling away late in games, and have outscored opponents 56-24 in fourth quarters this season.
Up next: vs Savannah State, Saturday

4 South Carolina State South Carolina St. 3-1 -

A rare two-week break in the middle of the schedule didn’t do much to slow the Bulldogs, who got 358 total yards and a career-high five TDs from quarterback Tyrece Nick in last week’s win over Delaware State. Next comes the game we’ve all been waiting for this season.
Up next: vs Florida A&M, Saturday

5 Florida A&M Florida A&M 4-1 -

Prolific quarterback Ryan Stanley needs only 27 yards to break former NFL quarterback Quinn Gray’s career school passing record of 7,378 yards. Stanley’s got just about every other major school passing mark, and should add this one on his first couple of completions Saturday.
Up next: at South Carolina State, Saturday

6 Prairie View Prairie View A&M 2-3 -

Running back Dawonya Tucker immediately called out the Southern Jaguars moments after the SWAC’s leading rusher finished off Grambling two weeks ago. Now, with both teams coming off a bye week for preparation, Tucker gets his shot to back up his talk on the road at Southern.
Up next: at Southern, Saturday

7 Bowie State Bowie State 5-0 +1

Only one team in HBCU football boasts an unbeaten record this season. And that’s the balanced Bowie State Bulldogs, who find a way to get it done in a different and dominant fashion each week in the CIAA. Damon Wilson has the inside track to HBCU and Division II Coach of the Year.
Up next: vs Chowan University, Saturday

8 Southern Southern 2-3 -1

The Jaguars defense already showed they can slow down one of the SWAC’s top running backs as well as a versatile passing attack in their previous game. After a week off, can they do to nemesis Prairie View what they accomplished in a throttling of Arkansas-Pine Bluff two weeks ago?
Up next: vs Prairie View, Saturday

9 Arkansas Pine Bluff Arkansas Pine Bluff 4-2 +1

Two weeks ago, the Golden Lions were coming off a thrilling win at Tennessee State and were the darlings of HBCU football. They’ve since split their last two games but got a much-needed relief victory over Division II Lane to regain their bearings and confidence for SWAC play.
Up next: vs Mississippi Valley St., Saturday

10 Alabama A&M Alabama A&M 4-2 NR

NFL scouts are quietly taking notice of the quarterback many believe is HBCU’s best prospect at the position in 6-4 junior Aqeel Glass. The current SWAC Offensive player of the week is coming off a near-flawless effort, going 28-for-38 for 377 yards and four TDs in last week’s overtime win.
Up next: at Grambling, Saturday

Florida A&M
Florida A&M (4-1) vsSouth Carolina State (3-1)
South Carolina State

When it comes to viral trash talk on social media, there will be plenty of smoke billowing out of Baton Rouge from Saturday’s SWAC West Division showdown between Prairie View and Southern. But on the field where the stakes are the highest, there’s no better place to be than in Orangeburg, South Carolina when S.C. State welcomes Florida A&M in a clash between two teams ranked in the top five of this week’s Boxtorow HBCU national poll. FAMU quarterback Ryan Stanley is on the verge of setting the school’s career passing yards record. The Bulldogs have traditionally been one of the MEAC’s toughest defensive teams. Both are out to prove they are ready to disrupt North Carolina A&T’s conference reign.