By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
The final weeks of the HBCU football regular season are here and the jockeying for playoff and conference title position can be seen in this week's ADDS HBCU SPORTS REPORT HBCU Football FCS/Division II Top Ten polls.
Winston-Salem State continues to sail along at 8-1 in the nation's top spot of the Division II poll, but visits No. 7 Fayetteville State, a team that's won five straight and could leap frog the Rams into the CIAA championship game with a win Saturday.
The nation's third and fourth ranked teams, Virginia State and Virginia Union tangle Saturday to see which will be the other team in the CIAA title game. Virginia State has won seven in a row while Virginia Union has won six of their last seven games.
Second-ranked Tuskegee is looking to clinch a spot opposite No. 5 Albany State in the SIAC championship game when they battle No. 6 Miles Saturday, a squad that has won five in a row after starting out the season losing three of four. Miles is looking for a win and a second-straight appearance in the SIAC championship game (they lost to Albany State last year).
In the FCS poll, North Carolina A&T continues in the top spot, but they are closely followed by South Carolina State and Bethune-Cookman. Bethune-Cookman takes on ninth-ranked Norfolk State Thursday in a battle of two teams part of a five-way, first place tie in the MEAC race.
Seventh-ranked Morgan State can make a mess of not only the ADD's HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS Top Ten poll if they can pull off an upset at No. 1 North Carolina A&T. They are two of the other teams in the five-way MEAC first place tie, along with third-ranked South Carolina State.
Here are the entire ADD'S HBCU SPORTS REPORT FCS/DIVISION II football Top Ten polls for this week:
1) North Carolina A&T
2) South Carolina State
4) Alcorn State
7) Morgan State
8) North Carolina Central
9) Norfolk State
10) Texas Southern
1) Winston-Salem State
3) Virginia State
4) Virginia Union
5) Albany State
7) Fayetteville State
9) Fort Valley State