Week two is officially in the bags and all 11 MEAC teams now have at least one game under their belts. Here is how we stack the conference’s Top 5 teams after week two.
1. Bethune-Cookman debuts in the top spot in our first Power 5 poll of 2013. BCU dominated an out-manned Virginia Union squad and cruised to a 66-7 victory in this past Saturday’s home opener. The Cat’s 12-9 week one win over Tennessee State looks even more impressive after watching TSU handle Florida A&M rather easily in Tallahassee last weekend. The Wildcats travel to Miami this week to face FBS opponent Florida International in a game in which Vegas has BCU favored to win by 3 points.
2. You can make an argument for North Carolina A&T to hold this week’s top position after their performance against Appalachian State on Saturday night. The Aggies dominated the run of play against App State and the final score (24-21) was not indicative of the one-sided nature of this contest. Some have attempted to discredit A&T’s win over the Mountaineers as more of an indictment of the current state of Appalachian State football…but we’re not buying it. App State still recruits top athletes and they simply do not lose many games at “The Rock”. Huge congratulations are in order to coach Rod Broadway and the Aggie football team for this impressive early season victory in Boone, NC on Saturday. NCA&T will look continue their winning ways when they face-off against Elon of the Southern conference in Greensboro on Saturday.
3. The Howard Bison land in the third spot in our poll. HU quarterback Greg McGhee threw for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns in Howard’s 27-16 win over Morehouse in the Nation’s Football Classic in D.C. The HU defense registered 9 sacks in the contest.
4. Delaware State racked up over 400 yards of total offense in their season opening loss to in-state rival Delaware on Saturday. If the Hornets clean things up, look for them to be a factor in the MEAC race this season.
Spots 5-7 are a crap shot at this moment but we slotted South Carolina State in the 5th position based on talent alone. Their week two loss to Clemson was fully expected and excluded from any sort of legitimate football analysis. If anything, the Bulldogs can hang their collective hats on the fact that they only gave up 14 points to the Tigers in the second half of the contest. On the other side of that coin is the week one loss to Coastal Carolina. SCSU fans are still sick over that one and really feel like they let one get away against the Chanticleers.