The Tennessee State Tigers did it again.
After a tough 40-28 victory on the road against Southeast Missouri on Oct. 13, the Tigers retain the top spot in both the Boxtorow national media and coaches’ polls.
The Tigers remain undefeated and are now 3-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Tigers received 19 of 20 first place votes from the media and for the fourth-straight week were a unanimous selection of the coaches.
In the coaches’ poll, there were some changes among the top five as previously unbeaten Alabama A&M fell to Alcorn State 21-20 and last week’s No. 4 Howard fell to North Carolina A&T 38-10.
AAMU fell two spots to No. 4 this week, while the Bison fell three spots to No. 7.
The North Carolina Central Eagles have won three-straight games and moved up three spots to No. 5 this week after their 24-20 victory over the Morgan State Bears, who dropped out of the poll. The Delaware State Hornets also moved up three spots to No. 6 after defeating South Carolina State 31-17 on Oct. 13.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff moved up two spots to No. 3, while Bethune-Cookman (No. 2) and North Carolina A&T (No. 9) each moved up one spot. Florida AM reenters the poll at No. 10.
The losses on Oct. 13 also affected the media poll as defending champion Winston-Salem State, Bethune-Cookman, and Miles each moved up on spot to No. 2, No. 3, and No. 8, respectively. UAPB and Miles each moved up two spots to No. 5 and No. 6. Howard fell four spots to No. 9, while Alabama State with its 37-34 loss to Jackson State also fell four spots to No. 10.
After entering the poll for the first time ever, the Eagles made the most significant leap, from No. 10 last week to No. 7.