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The two-time defending North Carolina A&T Aggies have won eight-straight non-MEAC games against FCS or FBS competition dating back to 2017.

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Elon was the latest victim.

With the Aggies defeating Elon 24-21 Saturday, N.C. A&T begins the season a unanimous No.1 in the Boxtorow coaches and media polls. This makes the three of the last four years that the Aggies have started week 1 as the No.1 team in HBCU football.

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In the coaches poll, Bethune-Cookman came in at No.2 coming of a 36-15 win over Jackson State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge. The biggest surprise of the weekend was South Carolina State’s 28-13 win over national FCS-ranked Wofford. The Bulldogs are No. 5 in the poll after being previously unranked.

The media poll was similar in that A&T, B-CU and Alcorn State were Nos. 1, 2, and 3. S.C. State entered the poll at No. 4.

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The Boxtorow HBCU FCS coaches poll and media poll are administered by From The Press Box To Press Row. The coaches poll, in its 11th year, is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches and the media poll, in its 13th year, is voted on by media members around the country who cover HBCU football.

2019 BOXTOROW FCS HBCU Football Coaches Poll Week 1

(Records through Sept 1)

No. Team W-L Pts. Preseason Rank

1. North Carolina A&T (19) 1-0 190 1

2. Bethune-Cookman 1-0 154 4

3. Alcorn State 0-1 146 2

4. Southern 0-1 107 3

5. South Carolina State 1-0 81 NR

6. Prairie View A&M 1-0 77 9

7. Hampton 1-0 71 7

8. Grambling 0-1 70 5

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9. Alabama A&M 1-0 49 8

10. Tennessee State 1-0 36 NR

Others receiving votes: Florida A&M (0-1) 28, Alabama State (0-1) 15, Norfolk State (0-1) 9, North Carolina Central (0-1) 8, Jackson State (0-1) 5.

(1st place votes in parentheses)

2019 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll Week 1

(Records through Sept. 1)

No. Team W-L Pts. Final 2018 Rank

1. North Carolina A&T (17) 1-0 170 1

2. Bethune-Cookman 1-0 122 7

3. Alcorn State 0-1 100 2

4. South Carolina State 1-0 94 NR

5. Prairie View A&M 1-0 85 NR

6. Southern 0-1 74 3

7. Alabama A&M 1-0 59 NR

8. Hampton 1-0 56 8

9. Tennessee State 1-0 44 NR

10. Grambling 0-1 33 5

Others receiving votes: Florida A&M (0-1) 24, Alabama State (0-1) 20, Virginia Union (0-0) 12, Bowie State (0-0) 11, Tuskegee (0-0) 7, Morehouse

(0-1) 7, Jackson State (0-1) 4, Miles (0-0) 3, Benedict (0-0) 3, Norfolk State (0-1) 3, Virginia State (0-0) 2, Central State (0-0) 1, North Carolina Central (0-1) 1.

(1st place votes in parentheses)

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