GREENSBORO -- North Carolina A&T football is a top-10 program in both the media and coaches Division I-Football Championship Subdivision polls for the fifth time in program history.
The NCAA FCS Coaches and the STATS FCS Media polls were released on Monday. In the Coaches poll, the Aggies climbed five spots from last week to No. 6. The top team in the country is defending national champion James Madison (7-0). The Dukes are followed by North Dakota State (7-0), Jacksonville State (6-1), Central Arkansas (6-1) and Sam Houston State (6-1) in the top-5.
The Aggies have been ranked 25 straight weeks in the Coaches poll. The Aggies also jumped five spots in the Media poll to No. 7 behind No. 6 South Dakota (6-1). The top-5 of the media poll is identical to the Coaches poll.
N.C. A&T’s highest ranking as an FCS/Division I-AA institution came in 1993 when the Aggies were ranked No. 5 in the Coaches poll conducted by USA Today and ESPN after the Aggies started 6-0. The Aggies other entries into the nation’s top-10 occurred in 1999 when the Aggies reached No. 7 in the Sports Network Media poll, in 2003 when they reached No. 9 in the Sports Network and USA Today/ESPN polls and last season when the Aggies were No. 9 in the Coaches poll.
N.C. A&T is No. 1 in the BoxToRow Black College Football poll again this week. It marks the seventh straight week the Aggies have been the No. 1 team in black college football. It is the 29th time in the past 50 weeks the Aggies have earned the top spot in the BoxToRow poll.
“It looks like we are starting to get to get recognition and some respect from people from across the country and that’s good because it means we’ve come a long way from when we first started here,” said N.C. A&T head coach Rod Broadway. “I don’t know if a ranking ever helped anyone win a ballgame, but it is nice to see people are recognizing the hard work we’re putting in. But what really matters is where you are at the end of the year.”
The Aggies defeated Bethune-Cookman 24-20 on Saturday to improve to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the MEAC. The Aggies are 8-0 for the first time in 90 years. A win in two weeks will give the Aggies two milestones that have never occurred in program history. One, the Aggies will solidify the first-ever 9-0 start. Two, the Aggies will possess four straight nine-win seasons.
The Aggies will have a bye week this week before traveling to Norfolk, Va., to face the Norfolk State Spartans at 2 p.m., on Nov. 4 at William “Dick” Price Stadium.
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