By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
The gap is narrowing, but Bethune-Cookman remains the top team among HBCU Division I-Football Championship Series football teams while Winston-Salem State has shown they are the team to beat in HBCU Division II football.
Both teams head the Add's HBCU Sports Report Top Ten Football Polls for FCS and Division II teams.
Bethune-Cookman, who was off last weekend, defeated second-ranked Tennessee State 12-9 in the season-opener for both teams and has gone on to win two other games easily, except for a blowout loss to Division I-FBS power Florida State. Tennessee State shook off the close Bethune-Cookman loss to power to three straight wins, including a 73-6 demolition of Central State this past weekend. Tennessee State was also without starting quarterback Michael German in the Bethune-Cookman loss. German has now returned, throwing three first half touchdowns in the Central State win.
The rest of the top five is North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State (both teams meet Saturday in the Atlanta Football Classic) and Jackson State.
In Division II, Winston-Salem State had questions heading into the season after losing their starting quarterback and a few other key players. They stumbled out of the gate, losing to UNC-Pembroke in their first game. But since then, the Rams' offense has averaged nearly 43 points a game in destroying their last three opponents to claim the top spot in the Add's HBCU Sports Report Division II Top Ten Poll.
One of the teams they dominated was Tuskegee, the second ranked squad, who counts among their three wins is an easy 23-7 victory over the SWAC's Alabama A&M. They face eighth ranked Fort Valley State this weekend.
The rest of the top five is Virginia State, Johnson C. Smith (Virginia State defeated previously unbeaten Johnson C. Smith last weekend) and Stillman.
Here is the entire Division I-FCS and Division II Add's HBCU Sports Report HBCU Top Ten Polls:
Division I-Football Championship Series
2) Tennessee State
3) North Carolina A&T
4) South Carolina State
5) Jackson State
6) Alabama State
7) Alcorn State
8) North Carolina Central
9) Prairie View
1) Winston-Salem State
3) Virginia State
4) Johnson C. Smith
6) Fayetteville State
7) St. Augustine's
8) Fort Valley State
10) Bowie State