Four Black College teams are ranked in this week’s Division II and FCS national polls.
Tuskegee edged Albany State in the battle of SIAC titans last weekend, but the Rams are still ranked ahead of the Golden Tigers in this week’s AFCA Division II coaches poll.
Tuskegee’s 21-19 victory in the final minute elevated it from 19th to 16th in the national rankings while previously-unbeaten Albany State dropped from eighth to 14th. But Tuskegee ranks ahead of Albany State in another race – the quest for the SIAC championship.
The three-time defending conference champion now finds itself in the driver’s seat for another title with only league games remaining against Lane and Stillman. Albany State has a key game this weekend against Morehouse, currently third in the SIAC, and finishes the regular season against Fort Valley.
The Albany State-Morehouse winner could represent the SIAC in the Division II playoffs. Tuskegee, on the other hand, could take another conference championship into its Thanksgiving Day battle with Alabama State in Montgomery.
PRAIRIE VIEW ENTERS FCS RANKINGS
Prairie View, the frontrunner to represent the Western Division in the SWAC title game, entered this week’s Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) rankings at No. 25.
The Panthers have won four straight, including wins over defending SWAC champ Grambling and Southern, and are off this week before returning to action Nov. 7 against Alabama A&M.
South Carolina State maintained its No. 10 national ranking following its 21-9 victory at Hampton.