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1. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (11-1) - Undefeated (11-0) reguar season and second straight CIAA championship with its only loss coming in the second round of the NCAA Div. II playoffs (to Delta State) gives Rod Broadway's troops a share of the top spot in the final BCSP rankings, a first for the Eagles.

(TIE) HAMPTON (10-2) - Three-peated as MEAC champion and inched even closer to getting a first round I-AA (now Championship Division) win, losing a heart-breaker to New Hampshire. Joe Taylor's troops tie with NCCU as the best team in black college football.

3. ALABAMA A&M (9-3) - SWAC East Division champ Bulldogs under Anthony Jones grab their first SWAC championshjp game victory in four tries with 22-13 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

4. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (8-4) - Seven-game winning streak propelled Mo Forte's squad to SWAC West Division title leaving perennial powers Grambling and Southern in its wake. Lost in SWAC title game.

5. ELIZABETH CITY STATE (9-3) - CIAA East Div. champ and conference runner-up earned first-ever NCAA Div. II playoff berth. Lost 17-10 to Delta State. All three losses were to DIv. II playoff teams.

6. ALBANY STATE (7-4) - The Golden Rams ran to their fourth straight SIAC title before falling to Newberry (34-28) in a first round Div. II playoff game.

7. DELAWARE STATE (9-2) - Al Lavan's troops took some luster off an excellent regular season with a season-ending loss to Howard. Tied for second in MEAC.

8. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (7-4) - Lost three of its first four games to send coach Buddy Pough back to drawing board and then won six of seven to finish tied for second in MEAC with Delaware State.

9. TUSKEGEE (9-3) - Shocking losses to Miles and Clark Atlanta with big wins over Albany State, Alabama State and JC Smith in Pioneer Bowl. Finished second in SIAC.

10. J.C. SMITH (7-4) - From winless 2005 campaign to Pioneer Bowl appearance, second place in CIAA West.

(TIE). FLORIDA A&M (7-4) - Fought their way back to respectability with solo third place finish in MEAC.

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