No. 1 Florida A&M (8-1, 6-0)
The Rattlers sit atop our Top 5 D1 Poll for the 3rd consecutive week, tying them with North Carolina A&T for the most consecutive weeks at the top spot since our poll was release prior to Week 6. FAMU is on a bye this week as they prepare for their last 2 games of the season, both of which will be played in the state of Florida. On November 16, FAMU will host Howard and then travel to Orlando to play rival Bethune-Cookman in the Florida Blue Florida Classic.
No. 2 Alcorn State (6-2, 4-0)
After winning 5 consecutive games, the Braves are coming off a bye week, their 2nd in the last 3 weeks. This bye week came at a good time as Alcorn State prepared for their toughest 3 week stretch of the season beginning this week at Grambling State, followed with a home game against Alabama A&M, and the season finale at Jackson State. Alcorn State has been the No.2 team in our poll for the second consecutive week.
No. 3 North Carolina A&T (6-2, 4-1)
Following their impressive 22-20 road victory over South Carolina State, the Aggies are back in the No.3 spot of our poll and seem to have one more major hurdle to jump before they can claim their third consecutive Celebration Bowl as the MEAC champion. This weekend, North Carolina A&T travel to Baltimore, MD to play Morgan State.
No. 4 Bethune-Cookman (6-2, 4-1)
After losing Homecoming to South Carolina State two weeks ago, Bethune-Cookman moved up from No. 5 to this spot coming off a bye week. It’s very likely the Wildcats used the time to get ready for their final push towards their first MEAC Championship since 2015. This week, the Wildcats will travel to Delaware State to play the 1-8 Hornets as a tune-up for consecutive matchups against North Carolina A&T and Florida A&M.
No. 5 Grambling State (4-4, 2-2)
The Grambling State Tigers are one of the hottest teams in black college football with 4 consecutive wins following an 0-4 start to the season, and make their debut into the BCSN Top 5 D1 poll. Prior to the start of this current streak, Grambling had lost three games each within 6 points of their opponent. Coach Broderick Fobbs never lost confidence in his team and that faith has been rewarded with some good wins against Jackson State, Alabama A&M and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Tigers have one of the top rushing attacks in the SWAC, 15th nationally, led by quarterback Geremy Hickbottom, and a defense led by a secondary group that is No.1 in interceptions with 13. Grambling is just one game behind Southern in the SWAC West standings. Hosting Alcorn State at home is a huge opportunity for the Tigers, who are 2-0 this season at home. With a win versus the defending conference champions, Grambling could be playing for the SWAC West in the Bayou Classic on November 30 against Southern.