Black College football teams ranked in national polls

South Carolina State and Albany State are the highest-ranked Black College teams in this week’s FCS (formerly Division I-AA) and Division II national rankings.

S.C. State (5-1), whose only loss came against Division I opponent South Carolina, moved from 12th to 10th in this week’s FCS poll following last week’s 35-20 victory over Florida A&M. Last year’s MEAC champion now holds a 3-0 conference record this season and will play at Hampton Saturday.

Albany State (7-0) survived a scare last week against a rejuvenated Clark Atlanta squad, prevailing in overtime 32-29. With the win, the Rams jumped from 10th to 8th in this week’s Division II poll and will host another ranked squad — No. 19 Tuskegee — in a huge SIAC contest Saturday.


Huge game on tap in the SWAC tonight as Southern hosts Prairie View in a contest that will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

With a victory, Prairie View (4-1, 3-0 SWAC Western) could tighten its grip on the division lead as it nears the end of the season. However, a win by Southern (4-2, 1-1) could make the race for the division title wide open again.


It’s homecoming week at Morehouse and the Maroon Tigers will host their next-door neighbor, Clark Atlanta, in a 2 p.m. contest Saturday at B.T. Harvey Stadium. For more on both teams as they prepare for Saturday’s game, check out the AJC’s state college notebook by clicking here. Also, take a look at the interesting journey taken by Morehouse lineman Ramon Harewood from his homeland of Barbados to the SIAC — and possibly to the NFL.


Still getting good response from the blog posted a few weeks back on the best band among HBCU schools. You can view the responses and join the conversation by clicking here.

Also, the discussion of the top rivalry among HBCU schools has also generated good response and you can join in by clicking here.

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Al Beeski

October 22nd, 2009
10:22 am

sup Leo,

Can’t wait til Saturday here in da ‘Bany for the SIAC championship, as ASU or Tuskegee has basically ruled the conference for the last 15 years. Tuskegee doesn’t have the firepower of last year & the Rams lead the nation in D-II total defense giving up 205 yds/game. So hopefully CMW and the Mighty Rams will pull out an exciting game.

Leo Willingham

October 22nd, 2009
10:31 am

Thanks for checking in.

Yeah, that’s supposed to be a big one down there this weekend. And you’re right – it’s either been Albany State or Tuskegee every year except one since 1994. So, if you had to give preview for the game, what would it be?

Al Beeski

October 22nd, 2009
11:10 am

Basically, the Rams have been led by a suffocating defense as usual, which has been Coach White’s staple since he was a DC for the Rams in the 90’s. However, the biggest change for the Rams this year was the arrival of new O-Coordinator Steve Smith, he has changed the dynamics of the offensive line and the way ASU uses RB Demetrice Johnson by lining him up in the slot to take advantage of his receiving skills. However, the Rams have been very inconsistent in the running game this year, and if Tuskegee can force 3rd and longs, it could get interesting.
Tuskegee has not been able to match last year’s production with Jeremy Williams at the helm at the QB spot. However, ASU must account for WR Antoine Mitchell who is leading the conference in receiving yds/game and TD receptions. The Tigers are basically playing alot of fresh & soph, so the edge has to go the Rams, and my prediction is ASU 27-13.


October 22nd, 2009
3:53 pm

Please. The SIAC. Such a weak conference. Let’s get real!!!! Thier ranking in black college polls will always be more than suspect versus teams in the SWAC and MEAC.


October 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Preview Albany State vs. Tuskegee –
1. Keep the crowd out the Game. Albany’s crowd will be wearing “ALL WHITE” to white out any hopes that Tuskegee has of winning the SIAC title.
2. Jump on the Scoreboard early. Clark scored with a special team play early and made it a interesting game.
3. Score a bunch of points. Albany’s “Dirty Blue” Defense is allowing an avg. of 10 pts. a game.
4. Tuskegee needs to borrow Michael Turner from the Falcons before he gets on the plane for Dallas and put him in a Tuskegee uniform because Albany remembers losing last year in Alabama after rallying from 7-20 to tie and loose in the final 3-minutes of the 4th quarter.
I do like the 27-13 score…GO RAMS!!


October 22nd, 2009
7:23 pm



October 23rd, 2009
1:38 am

Leo, Just wanted to say “Thanks” for keeping the AUC schools in the conversation. SIAC plays pretty good football that goes unnoticed sometimes.

Terrence G. Caldwell

October 23rd, 2009
9:44 am

Leo, once again thanks for communicating HBCU football for the masses. I’ve had the chance to watch South Carolina State’s squad a few times this season in person and on TC; they are foreal. Their zone-read option attack out of the shotgun is a very tough match-up for I-AA defenses because of their overall team speed. With Will Ford & Travil Jamison on the ground and QB Malcolm Long running this explosive offensive attack, they’ll be Tranked in the Top 5 and undefeated in the MEAC by year’s end. The defense is stingy as well, and plays very aggressive and physical.

I’d love to see them do well in the I-AA playoffs this year, as last year’s game versus App State went well, but not the outcome the Bulldog fans wanted. By the way, I’m a Tennessee State alum, but also a huge Bulldog fan and supporter. This is the year of the Dawgs!!! God bless…


October 23rd, 2009
10:18 am

The Morehouse Homecoming game versus Clark will come down to the wire! Skeege and ‘Bany will be a great game also. Thanks for covering HBCU’s- great stuff.

Sad Bison

October 23rd, 2009
10:43 am

Where is Howard in these rankings? Oh wait…we totally suck.

L.A. Da House '93

October 23rd, 2009
4:15 pm

Morehouse is having an outstanding year minus the hiccups against Fort Valley and Tuskegee. The House has too much fire power for CAU and even though our neighbors want to spoil our homecoming…ain’t gonna happen. I expect the House to keep up their good play and win this one 34-24. BTW, great article on the Morehouse OL Harewood. It would be great to see a Morehouse player in the NFL.


October 25th, 2009
10:59 am

Tuskegee has great potential and will rise again!


October 25th, 2009
5:19 pm


Roy Lee Baker

December 8th, 2009
2:17 pm

Albany State needs a new Head Coach and a new offensive coordinator. They both suck!! Its shameful how disgusting ASU looked on ESPN. The alumni of ASU deserve so much better. I just wish more sports writers would call a spade a spade in this situation.

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