No.1 Bowie State (10-0, 7-0) — The Bulldogs finished the regular season with a historic 10-0 record after a 60-21 victory over ECSU. Bowie State claimed their second-consecutive Northern Division title and prepare to face Fayetteville State (8-2) again in the CIAA Championship, which is played in Salem, VA on Saturday. The Bulldogs are predicted to win by 12 points according to the VERSUS Sports Simulator. With a win, Bowie State would strengthen their No.3 ranking in the Division-II Super Regional Rankings for Region 2, and host a game in the first round of the D-II playoffs, or the second round should they get a bye as the 1-seed. Kickoff is set for 3pm ET and the game will be broadcast live on Aspire TV and online via CIAA Sports Network.
No. 2 Miles (8-2, 5-1) — The Golden Bears went on the road to Tuskegee last week and secured a 20-7 victory spoiling Tuskegee’s homecoming in the defacto SIAC West Division championship game. Miles, the defending SIAC Champions, secured their second trip to the championship and setup a rematch with East division champion, Albany State (7-3, 5-1). Last year, Miles exploded on Albany State in the second half to secure a 50-23 victory as an underdog. According to the VERSUS Sports Simulator, Miles is 10-point underdog against Albany State, who will host the game in their home stadium. The Golden Bears are the only D-II HBCU team playing this weekend not ranked in the Top 10 of their Super Region. In order for Miles to get an invitation to the Division-II playoffs it is believed they will need some help from other teams, along with an impressive performance in the SIAC Championship game to get that invite. Kickoff is set for 2pm ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
No.3 Savannah State (7-3, 6-0) — Savannah State defeated Edward Waters 49-19 and concluded their historic season back to the SIAC and Division-II football with a 7-3 record and unbeaten 6-0 conference record. The Tigers were not eligible to compete in the NCAA playoffs, and thus the SIAC Championship game, in their first transition year from Division-I/FCS to Division-II. The last time Savannah State finished .500 or better was 1998, their last year in Division-II prior to moving up to the Division-I.
No.4 Langston (7-2, 6-1) — The Langston Lions defeated Texas College 44-7 for their 3rd win in a row to stay in contention for the Sooner Athletic Conference title, and a fourth consecutive appearance in the NAIA Football Playoffs. Langston, ranked 21st in the NAIA national poll, is tied in conference standings with 16th-ranked Ottawa University (AZ). Should OUAZ lose their final game to winless SAGU, a Langston win in their final regular season game at Wayland Baptist would secure the conference championship. However, it doesn’t secure the invite to the NAIA playoffs as Langston would have to be ranked in the Top 16. This weekend, kickoff in Plainview, TX against Wayland Baptist is 3pm ET.
No.5 Virginia State (8-2, 6-1) — Last week, the Trojans lost the lead late in the 3rd quarter against Virginia Union, rallied to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, missed an opportunity to win the game in regulation, secured a lead in overtime, and were gifted a win when Virginia Union’s fake field goal attempt sailed out-of-bounds. VSU’s 27-24 overtime victory will surely be one of the historic outcomes and decisions for years to follow as alumni talk about great games in this rivalry. The win kept VSU in the conversation for the Division-II playoffs as they remained No.7 in the 3rd week of rankings for Super Region Two. The Trojans will be watching the outcome of the CIAA and SIAC Championship games intensely as a win by either Fayetteville State or Albany State, both ranked behind VSU in the region rankings, could knock them out of their Top 7 perch. This week has been a “bye week” for the Trojans as they will not know whether their season is over or not until the NCAA Division-II Football Playoffs selection show on Sunday afternoon November 17.