BOXTOROW Preseason Coaches Poll

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North Carolina A&T, the premier program in HBCU football in the
Celebration Bowl era, begins the 2018 season in a familiar position, atop
the BOXTOROW HBCU FCS coaches poll.

It’s where the Aggies ended the 2017 season after going undefeated and
winning their second Celebration Bowl and HBCU national championship in
three seasons.  Twenty of 21 coaches voted the Aggies No. 1.

N.C. A&T has a new coach this year as Sam Washington takes over the
program following Rod Broadway’s retirement in January. Washington has
been an assistant under Broadway the last 11 years.

Other familiar names are expected to challenge the Aggies for supremacy in
2018. Grambling, who fell to A&T in last year’s Celebration Bowl but won
the title and HBCU national championship in 2016, opens at No. 2.

Alcorn State has won the last four SWAC Eastern Division titles and starts
the year off at No. 3.

The remaining top five teams had solid 2017 seasons.  Howard, which opened
2017 with a 43-40 victory over FBS opponent UNLV and finished the season
with a 7-4 record which tied for second place in the MEAC, opens at No. 4.
No. 5 Bethune-Cookman also finished 2017 tied for second in the MEAC.

The BOXTOROW HBCU FCS Coaches Poll is administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX
TO PRESS ROW and is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision
coaches.

2018 BOXTOROW FCS HBCU Preseason Football Coaches Poll

No.             Team                                            W-L           Pts.
2017 Final Poll Rank
1.              North Carolina A&T (20)          12-0          208            1
2.              Grambling (1)                             11-2            175             2
3.              Alcorn State                                 7-5             130             3
4.              Howard                                         7-4             128             6
5.              Bethune-Cookman                      7-4             119             4
6.              Southern                                        7-4             106            5
7.              North Carolina Central               7-4             89              7
8.              Tennessee State                            6-5             79             10
9.              Prairie View A&M                        6-5             65             9
10.             Hampton                                       6-5             16             8

Others receiving votes: Alabama State (5-6) 13, Norfolk State (4-7) 8,
Florida A&M (3-8) 7, Alabama A&M (4-7) 4.
(1st place votes in parentheses)

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