Meanwhile, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, who last week clinched the MEAC championship, defeated Florida A&M 21-16 in the Florida Classic.
In the media poll the Rams received 11-of-17 first place votes finishing four points ahead of the second place Wildcats.
No. 4 Tuskegee and No. 5 Alabama State all moved up one spot from last week while No. 7 Jackson State moved up two spots after defeating Alcorn State 37-11 and securing a spot in the SWAC Championship game against No. 3 Arkansas-Pine Bluff on December 8 in Birmingham, AL.
The Tennessee State Tigers have dropped three of their last four games and slipped two spots to No. 6. Despite an 8-3 record, the Tigers did not receive an at-large berth to the FCS playoffs.
Ending the season with four-straight wins, North Carolina A&T debuts in the poll at No. 9, while Howard, coming off a 41-34 victory over Delaware State, reenters the poll at No. 10.
In the coaches’ poll the Wildcats were a unanimous selection receiving all 13 first place votes. Jackson State and Alabama State switched places from last week and are No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
The Rams will host Shippensburg in the second round of the NCAA Division II national playoffs.
The Wildcats will host Coastal Carolina in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
The Boxtorow HBCU Football coaches’ and media national champions will named when the final polls are released Monday, December 10.
The Boxtorow HBCU FCS coaches’ and media polls are administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW. The coaches’ poll is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches and the media poll is voted on by media members around the country who cover HBCU football.
Other receiving votes: Miles (8-3) 16, Elizabeth City State (7-4) 8, North Carolina Central (6-5) 6, Delaware State (6-5) 6, Fort Valley State (8-4).
Others receiving votes: Mississippi Valley State (5-6) 4.
*Defending HBCU National Champion (Media)