BOWIE, Md. – On Thursday, June 16, HBCU Gameday revealed its NCAA Division II and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 2022 football preseason poll with Bowie State ranked at the No. 2 spot, receiving two first-place votes.

Bowie State Ranked #2 in HBCU Gameday 2022 DII/NAIA Football Preseason Poll

Fayetteville State earned the top spot with two first-place votes. Behind the Bulldogs was Albany State at No. 3 while both Virginia Union and Shaw tied for fourth while Miles, Savannah State, and Tuskegee ranked fifth, sixth, and seventh. The final three rankings featured Benedict at eighth, Kentucky State at ninth, and Lane at No. 10.

The HBCU football polls have existed for at least 100 years, dating back to the 1920s. In celebration of HBCU Gameday’s 10th anniversary, this year’s preseason poll is the inaugural staff poll for DII/NAIA as well as FCS HBCU Football. As 2022 begins, weekly polls will be released throughout the season.

Points were assigned for each vote, with a first-place vote being worth ten points and a 10th-place vote being worth one point. Points were tabulated to compile the top 10.

Bowie State will begin its 2022 slate on Sept. 3 versus New Haven in Bowie, Md. at Bulldog Stadium. The kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

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