Bulldog football

South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough will host the weekly Bulldog Football Press Conference on Wednesday at noon in Staley Hall on the campus of S.C. State University.

The weekly press conference is normally held each Monday during the season, but was postponed this week due to the campus being closed while dealing with heavy rains and winds in the area from Hurricane Irma.

Pough, in his 16th season at the helm for the Bulldogs, is 117-58 overall, and needs just 12 more wins to become the all-time winningest coach in school history.

S.C. State lost its season-opener on Sept. 3 in Baton Rouge, La. against Southern University, 14-8. The originally-scheduled home opener against Charleston Southern was postponed due to the impending storm this past weekend.

So, the Bulldogs are looking to open the home schedule this Saturday on Willie E. Jeffries Field inside Oliver C. Dawson Stadium at 2 p.m. against Johnson C. Smith University.

This will be the first road game for the Golden Bulls, who are 0-2 after home losses to Wingate and Virginia State.

BoxToRow Polls: North Carolina A&T remains No. 1

North Carolina A&T remained No. 1 in both the BoxToRow Coaches and Media Polls for the second straight week.

In the coaches poll, the Aggies received 14 of 19 first-place votes and finished 12 points ahead of second-place Tennessee State who received three first-place votes. No. 3 Grambling and No. 4 North Carolina Central each moved up one spot from last week and, despite its 38-31 loss to FBS opponent Kent State, Howard moved up one spot and rounds out the top five.

It is the first time in the nine-year history of the coaches poll that Howard has been ranked in the top five. The Bison are one of four teams in both Top 10 polls who remain on S.C. State's scedule, including N.C. A&T, N.C. Central and Bethune-Cookman.

Bethune-Cookman made the biggest move in polling, rising three spots to No. 6 this week after defeating Southeastern Louisiana 28-23.

In the media poll, A&T received a majority of the first-place votes (7) with No. 2 Tennessee State receiving two first-place votes and No. 3 Grambling receiving two. Bowie State (Winston-Salem State) and Albany State (Tuskegee) are both coming off wins against conference opponents and both enter the top 10 for the first time this year at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively.

2017 BOXTOROW FCS HBCU Preseason Football Coaches Poll Week 2

(Records through September 9, 2017, 1st place votes in parentheses)

No. Team W-L Pts. Last Week

1. North Carolina A&T (14) 2-0 181 1, 2. Tennessee State (3) 2-0 169 2, 3. Grambling (2) 1-1 146 4, 4. North Carolina Central 1-1 119 5, 5. Howard 1-1 86 6, 6. Bethune-Cookman 1-1 84 9, 7. Southern 1-1 74 3, 8. Alcorn State 1-1 67 8, 9. Prairie View A&M 0-1 64 7, 10. South Carolina State 0-1 23 10. Others receiving votes: Hampton (1-1) 17, Florida A&M (1-1) 6, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-1) 1.

2017 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll Week 2 (through September 9, 2017, 1st place votes in parentheses)

No. Team W-L Pts. Last Week

1. North Carolina A&T (7) 2-0 131 1, 2. Tennessee State (2) 2-0 110 2, 3. Grambling (3) 1-1 105 4, 4. Southern 1-1 78 3, 5. North Carolina Central 1-1 71 6, 6. Howard (2) 1-1 66 5, 7. Bethune-Cookman 1-1 48 10, 8. Bowie State 2-0 34 NR, 9. Albany State 2-0 32 NR, 10. Alcorn State 1-1 31 8. Other receiving votes: Virginia State (2-0) 28, Tuskegee (1-1) 12, Florida A&M (1-1) 6, Winston-Salem State (1-1) 5, South Carolina State (0-1) 4, Prairie View A&M (0-1) 3, Clark Atlanta (2-0) 2, Delaware State (0-2) 1.

The BOXTOROW HBCU FCS coaches poll and the media poll 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.

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