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Wednesday, September 3, 2003
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State football team is ranked sixth nationally in the first regular season Sheridan Broadcasting Network (SBN) Black College Football Poll. The Tigers, who were unranked in the preseason poll, made their fast emergence thanks to an impressive 37-20 win over South Carolina State in the season opener last Saturday night in the John Merritt Classic. Bethune-Cookman replaced defending champion Grambling as the to-ranked team after GSU was defeated by Division I-A San Jose State in its season opener. TSU's opponent this week, Alabama A&M, is ranked ninth. The Bulldogs dropped its season opener to Jacksonville State 9-3 last Saturday. The SBN Poll will normally be released on Tuesday throughout the season, but was released Wednesday evening due to the Labor Day holiday the first week of the season. 1. Bethune-Cookman 2. Grambling State 3, Morgan State 4. Southern 5. Alabama State 6. TENNESSEE STATE 7. Alcorn State 8. North Carolina A&T 9. Alabama A&M 10. Virgina State Other Schools Receiving Votes Fayetteville State, Hampton, Florida A&M, Fort Valley State, Bowie State