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This week's edition of the BoxToRow Coaches and Media Polls adds more intrique and excitement to Saturday's scheduled 2 p.m. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference clash between Florida A&M and South Carolina State at Orangeburg's Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.

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Both teams are unbeaten in conference play and the Rattlers (4-1, 2-0) are ranked No. 4 in the coaches poll and No. 5 in the media poll, while the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-0) are ranked No. 5 in the coaches poll and No. 4 in the media poll.

S.C. State is coming off a 38-24 MEAC win at Delaware State this past Saturday. Meanwhile, FAMU took a 28-21 home MEAC win against North Carolina Central.

Bulldogs head coach Buddy Pough, who will become the program's all-time winningest coach with his next win, was pleased but not ecstatic with his team's road win after back-to-back bye weeks.

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"We're starting to show some big-play potential, with 14 or 15 big plays on offense (against Delaware State)," Pough said during his weekly press conference on Monday. "We call a big play a run of 10 yards or more, or a pass of 15 yards or more. We were happy with the fact that we are starting to show some explosiveness.

"Defensively (in Saturday's win), we gave up a little more than we would have liked. Although we pretty much had the game in control late, there was a certain uneasiness that we didn't put them away. Our kicker, Dillon Bredesen, hit a nice 41-yarder, and I was excited about that. We seem to have had a decent game all the way around."

Pough still believes that MEAC defending champion North Carolina A&T - ranked No. 1 in both the BoxToRow Coaches and Media Polls since the preseason - is the measuring stick for all teams in the conference. But, despite just one loss to FAMU in his previous 17 seasons coaching the Bulldogs, Pough sees a great challenge in facing the Rattlers.

"It would probably be ironic for them to come in here, after our teams have beaten them almost every year since I've been here, and beat the starch out of us Saturday," Pough said. "That would be poetic justice, in a way.

"But, at the same time, we have had good success against FAMU. The only time they've beaten us in my time here (as head coach) was here at our place (27-24 in 2011). I expect a knock down, drag out and rugged affair in this game."

FAMU began the season ranked No. 6 in the BoxToRow preseason coaches poll. SC State got votes, but was out of the Top 10 until opening the season with a win against nationally-ranked Wofford.

The top five teams in the HBCU football rankings remained the same and there was not a lot of significant movement overall in the BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls this week.

In the coaches poll, all top five teams –  North Carolina A&T, Bethune-Cookman, Alcorn State, Florida A&M, and SC State – won respective games on Saturday. Southern and Prairie View A&M were idle, but retained the No. 6 and No. 7 spots, respectively. The two will meet in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday. No. 10 Hampton won its first Big South game ever, defeating North Alabama, and reentered the poll.

In the media poll, No. 7 Bowie State and No. 8 Southern swapped places.

BSU remains the only unbeaten team in HBCU football. Alabama A&M also reentered the poll at No. 10.

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. 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 6

(Records through October 5, 2019)

No.         Team                                     W-L  Pts.              Last Week

1.            North Carolina A&T (19)     4-1     190         1

2.            Bethune-Cookman                         4-1   161                2

3.            Alcorn State                      4-2   154 3

4.                    Florida A&M                                               4-1          127         4

5.                    South Carolina State                               3-1          119         5

6.                    Southern                                             2-3  87           6

7.                    Prairie View A&M                    2-3          68           7

8.                    Alabama A&M                                           4-2          63           10

9.                    Arkansas-Pine Bluff                                4-2          43           9

10.                  Hampton                                             3-2 21           NR

Others receiving votes: Alabama State (2-3) 12, Grambling (1-4) 2, North Carolina Central (2-4) 2. (1st place votes in parentheses)

2019 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll Week 6

(Records through October 5, 2019)

No.         Team                             W-L                Pts.        Last Week

1.            North Carolina A&T (15)                4-1          150         1

2.            Bethune-Cookman                         4-1          125         2

3.            Alcorn State                               4-2 120         3

4.            South Carolina State                       3-1          103         4

5.            Florida A&M                                       4-1          90           5

6.            Prairie View A&M                            2-3          58           6

7.            Bowie State                                        5-0          48           8

8.            Southern                                                     2-3 45           7

9.            Arkansas-Pine Bluff                        4-2          28           10

10.          Alabama A&M                           4-2 23           NR

Others receiving votes: Virginia Union (4-1) 12, Virginia State (4-1) 7, Alabama State (2-3) 5, Miles (4-1) 3, West Virginia State (4-1) 3, Fayetteville State (4-1) 3, Hampton (3-2) 1, Albany State (3-2) 1. (1st place votes in parentheses)

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