1. North Carolina A&T (7-2, 4-1): The Aggies didn’t play this week, but you better believe Rod Broadway and Co. were taking every moment they could to study up for their first-place elimination game showdown with Morgan State on Saturday.
2. Bethune-Cookman (7-2, 4-1): For a while on Saturday, it looked like Bethune-Cookman was in danger of dropping its second-straight MEAC game and falling out of the race against North Carolina Central. BCU responded with 21 points in the fourth quarter for a 34-20 win. They now have a short week to prepare for another matchup with a one-loss team, Norfolk State, on Thursday night.
3. Grambling State (6-3, 6-0): We wondered how Broderick Fobb’s team would return off a bye week, but the time off didn’t appear to have any ill effects as Grambling cruised to a 35-7 win over Texas Southern.
4. Alcorn State (7-2, 5-1): Like A&T, Alcorn State got a much-deserved bye week. The offense probably wishes it could have kept playing after scoring at will vs. Prairie View, but the defense definitely needed to regroup after giving up 48 points.
5. South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1): SC State followed up its big win over Bethune-Cookman with a 52-0 win over Savannah State, and will likely improve to 5-1 in the conference with FAMU next on the schedule.
6. Morgan State (5-4, 4-1): Once again, Morgan State flirted with defeat and came away with a last minute win, defeating Hampton 38-35 on a touchdown pass from Moses Skillion to Herb Walker, Jr. Will the Bears have anything left in the tank when the Aggies come into town on Saturday?
7. Southern (6-3, 5-1): Freshman Austin Howard’s fourth quarter touchdown run helped Southern pull out a 28-21 win against Alabama A&M, it’s fourth in a row. Southern will host Texas Southern on Saturday as it looks to stay in contention for the SWAC West title.
8. Norfolk State (4-5, 4-1): FAMU found out the hard way that Norfolk State is the last team you want to get in a slugfest with in the MEAC. NSU’s 12-10 win means there is a lot at stake in Thursday’s matchup against Bethune-Cookman.
9. North Carolina Central (4-5, 3-2): NCCU may have lost Saturday’s game, but it won a lot of respect for their performance against Bethune-Cookman, in addition to the SC State win a couple of weeks back.
10. Texas Southern (5-5, 3-4): TSU’s loss to Grambling State makes four in a row, but they are still capable of playing spoiler against Southern this week.
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