Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Final Regular Season ADDS HBCU SPORTS REPORT D-2 Football Top Ten Sees Top Four Battling for Titles; MEAC's Final Two Weeks Likely Will Determine FCS Top Spot

Winston-Salem State head coach Kienus Boulware

The final regular season Division II ADDS HBCU SPORTS REPORT Football Top Ten finds the top four team squaring off against each other in conference championship games this weekend.

Top-ranked Winston-Salem State and No. 3 Virginia State will battle in the CIAA championship game at 1:30 p.m. EST Saturday while second-ranked Tuskegee and fourth-ranked Albany State square off later that day in the SIAC title game at 7 p.m. central time.

While their battles determine whether there will be back-to-back champs in the SIAC (Albany State) and CIAA (Winston-Salem State) or not, the rest of the D-2 Top Ten has seen the end of the 2014 campaign.  Only Virginia Union is hanging on to slim hopes for a NCAA Division II playoff berth.  Seventh-ranked Morehouse is happy with a 6-4 season that comes after two disappointing losing years while Miles will look back at a bad start in which they lost three of the first four for sinking their postseason hopes.

In the FCS poll, there are still two more weeks left in the season.  North Carolina A&T holds on to the top spot, but South Carolina State and Bethune-Cookman all could lay claim to the top spot as the three only have one conference loss -- to each other.

Streaking Grambling, ranked fourth after seven straight wins, faces 10th ranked Alabama State Saturday and then what could be a huge regular-season finale against sixth ranked Southern a week later as they battle for the SWAC Western Division crown and a spot in the SWAC Championship game against fifth-ranked Alcorn State.

So this Saturday will be a HUGE weekend.

Here are the entire ADDS HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS/DIVISION II Football Top Ten polls:

1) North Carolina A&T
2) South Carolina State
3) Bethune-Cookman
4) Grambling
5) Alcorn State
6) Southern
7) North Carolina Central
8) Norfolk State
9) Morgan State
10) Alabama State


1) Winston-Salem State
2) Tuskegee
3) Virginia State
4) Albany State
5) Virginia Union
6) Miles
7) Morehouse
8) Fayetteville State
9) Fort Valley State
10) Stillman

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