The Tennessee State Tigers are the real deal.

The Tigers came from 10 points behind in the fourth quarter to defeat Eastern Kentucky 23-20 to retain the top spot in both the Boxtorow national media and coaches polls.

The Tigers remain undefeated and are now 2-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). Redshirt sophomore quarterback Michael German’s one-yard touchdown run with eight seconds remaining was the difference in the game.

The Tigers received 18 of 20 first place votes from the media and for the third-straight week were a unanimous selection of the coaches.

In the coaches’ poll, spots No. 1 – 4 remained the same with Alabama A&M, Bethune-Cookman and Howard all winning.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alabama State both won this week, but the two traded spots as the Golden Lions are No. 5 this week and the Hornets No. 6. UAPB defeated ASU 24-21 two weeks ago.

The North Carolina Central Eagles entered the coaches’ poll for the first time this year after defeating South Carolina State 40-10 in the Circle City Classic. The Delaware State Hornets reentered the poll after a 20-17 victory over Norfolk State. read more…