Nashville, Tenn. –The latest Sheridan Poll had the Tennessee State football team in the top spot, deeming the squad the 2013 Black College Football Champions.
TSU edged out Bethune-Cookman, who fell in the opening round of the Division-I football playoffs, and two-time defending champion Winston-Salem State for the honor.
The Tigers are 7-1 in their last eight meetings against other HBCU’s and held a 3-1 mark this season. After falling to Bethune-Cookman, 12-9, Big Blue beat Florida A&M, Jackson State and Central State by a combined 126-29.
With its, 31-0, victory over Butler on Nov. 30, the Tennessee State football team became the first HBCU to win a playoff game since 1999.
The Black College Football title is the first for the Tigers since 1982, and the 12th all-time, second only to Grambling.
|1. Tennessee State Tigers (24)||10-4||267||1|
|2. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (5)||10-3||224||2|
|3. Winston-Salem State Rams (1)||10-2||207||3|
|4. South Carolina State Bulldogs||9-4||172||4|
|5. Alcorn State Braves||9-3||149||5|
|6. Southern Jaguars||9-4||134||6|
|7. Virginia State Trojans||9-1||83||7|
|8. Jackson State Tigers||8-4||62||8|
|9. Alabama State Hornets||8-4||58||9|
|10. Tuskegee Golden Tigers||8-3||35||10|
|Others receiving votes (in order of points): North Carolina A&T 27, Prairie View A&M 24, Albany State 17, Miles College 12, Morgan State 9.|