Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern cornerback Danny Johnson celebrates after the Jaguars' 52-45 win over Grambling in the Bayou Classic last season.

The ranking comes two days after Southern defeated rival Grambling 52-45 on a last-play goal-line stand in the Bayou Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Southern (9-3) finished with 132 first-place votes and 219 points in the poll. Bethune Cookman (9-3) finished second with 211 points and 11 first-place votes.