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1. GRAMBLING STATE (11-2) - The G-Men in their second year under Rod Broadway dominated SWAC competition winning ten games by a 30-8 average margin and won its fifth league title in nine years with a 41-9 thrashing of Jackson State in the title game. Their only losses were to Div. I Nevada-Reno (49-13) and FCS member Northwest Louisiana State (31-19).

(TIE) SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (10-3) - The Bulldogs finally got over the hump claiming their first MEAC title (first since 1992) after many close calls in head coach Buddy Pough's seven years and earned their first FCS playoff berth since 1984. Went 8-0 in much stronger MEAC and only suffered losses to Div. I members Clemson (54-0) and Central Florida (17-0) and a close decision to three-time defending FCS champion Appalachian State (37-21) in the national playoffs.

3. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (9-1) - Worst-to-first scenario almost completed as head coach Henry Frazier's Panthers only loss was to SWAC champion Grambling State (40-16).

4. TUSKEGEE (10-1) - SIAC champ had its undefeated season, 26-game win streak halted in season finale by Alabama State, 17-13. Knocked them out of shot at a repeat final No. 1 ranking.

5. FLORIDA A&M (9-3) - New head coach Joe Taylor's squad closed strong winning six of its final seven games to tie three others for second in the MEAC at 5-3.

6. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (8-3) - Picked seventh in pre-season MEAC coaches poll, Alvin Wyatt's troops surprised many by finishing in second-place tie in MEAC at 5-3.

7. TENNESSEE STATE (8-4) - Two straight losses to end season dashed James Webster's Tigers' OVC title and FCS playoff hopes.

8. MORGAN STATE (6-5) - Donald Hill Eley's Bears made a run at MEAC crown before faltering late in season at Norfolk State. One of four tied for second in MEAC.

(TIE) SOUTHERN (6-5) - With chance at SWAC West title, Pete Richardson's Jaguars fell to Grambling in Bayou Classic, 29-14.

9. ALBANY STATE (7-4) - Finished in three-way tie for second place in SIAC but earned NCAA Div. II playoff spot, losing in first round.

(TIE) SHAW (8-3) - Darrel Asberry's dominant defense led Bears to second straight CIAA championship. Losses to Texas Southern, Albany State and St. Augustine's kept them from moving higher.

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