No. 1 Bowie State (9-0, 6-0)
For the 6th consecutive week, the Bulldogs have been on top of our Top 5 Under-D1 poll. Last week, Bowie clinched their second consecutive Northern Division crown with a dominating performance over Lincoln-PA, 65-20. Bowie also held their positioning in the NCAA Division-II Super Regional Two Rankings at No.3 when the second round of rankings were released earlier in the week. The regular season finale is at Elizabeth City State. Kickoff is set for 1 pm ET.
No. 2 Miles (7-2, 4-1)
After a field goal in the closing seconds of their game against Central State, the Golden Bears closed their final home game of 2019 with a 17-0 victory over Kentucky State. The loss to Central State however still forced a one-game showdown against Tuskegee this weekend that will determine which team represents the SIAC West in the SIAC Championship game. Last year, it was Tuskegee’s loss on the road to Central State late in the season that opened the door for Miles to play for a chance to be in the championship game, and eventually win. The “SIAC West Championship Game” will kickoff at 2pm ET.
No. 3 Savannah State (6-3, 5-0)
Savannah State makes their debut into the Top 5 Under-D1 poll after defeating Fort Valley State 53-24 and unofficially winning the SIAC East division. Picked to finish last in the division, the Tigers defeated every conference opponent from, and game played in, the state of Georgia claiming the mythical Georgia HBCU Football State Championship. The 6th win of the season also guarantees the Tigers their first winning season since 1998 before they left the SIAC/D-II to play Division-I. The amazing story comes to a close in Jacksonville, FL against Edward Waters College. Kickoff is set for 3pm ET.
No. 4 Langston (6-2, 5-1)
With the exception of one week, Langston has been a consistent in the Top 5 Under-D1 poll this season. Ranked 22nd in the NAIA national polls, the Lions defeated Southwestern Assemblies of God Univ (SAGU) 21-14 after trailing by a point at halftime. Langston currently sits in a 3-way tie with 2 other teams that have one conference loss after Ottawa Univ Arizona lost to Lyon last week. (Langston defeated Lyon 60-7 in early October.) With 2 regular season games to play, Langston still has a chance to claim a share of the Sooner Athletic Conference championship and keep their conference champions streak alive. This week, Langston host their final home game of the year against Texas College (1-7, 1-5).
No. 5 Virginia State (7-2, 5-1)
Virginia State makes their debut into the Under-D1 poll this week after defeating Chowan 28-21. The Trojans have won 7 of their last 8 games this season, only losing to top-ranked Bowie State 24-14. Additionally, VSU has been the 2nd highest ranked HBCU D-II school in the NCAA’s Super Regional Two Rankings at No.7. A win over Virginia Union this weekend will certainly keep the Trojans in good standing with the ranking committee and potentially earn an at-large bid to the Division-II playoffs. Kickoff for this weekends rivalry game against Virginia Union is 2pm ET.