As Florida A&M handled Morgan State to win its second straight game and stay atop both the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls, it was South Carolina State’s victory over Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach that caused movements in the polls.
In the coaches poll, the No. 4 Bulldogs moved up two spots, and forced the Wildcats to drop from No. 2 to No. 5 this week. No. 2 Alcorn State and No. 3 North Carolina A&T – both getting victories at home, including the Braves win over No. 6 Southern who dropped one spot – each moved up one spot.
In the media poll, Alabama A&M’s three-overtime victory over Alabama State in the Magic City Classic in Birmingham propelled the Bulldogs back into the top 10 at No. 8. No. 4 Bowie State remains undefeated and moved up one spot after knocking off previously ranked Virginia Union. Virginia State also entered the poll for the first time this year.
The BOXTOROW HBCU FCS coaches poll and media poll is administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW. The coaches poll, in its 11th year is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches and the media poll, in its 13th year, is voted on by media members around the country who cover HBCU football.
BOXTOROW National Player of the Week: Jordan Bentley
Bentley carried the ball 39 times for 197 yards and three rushing touchdowns and caught one pass for six yards and a touchdown which was the game-winner as Alabama A&M defeated Alabama State 43-41 in triple overtime in the Magic City Classic.
Bentley has now carried the ball 177 times for 859 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. His 12 touchdowns leads the SWAC.
BOXTOROW National Player of the Week: Ja’rome Johnson