Football Moves Up to No. 3
Oct. 8, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion Football Monarchs moved up to their highest ranking to date coming in at No. 3 in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches Polls on Monday.
Monday's new Sports Network rankings saw North Dakota State solidify its hold on No. 1, after the Bison routed then-No. 3 Youngstown State, 48-7, in Missouri Valley Conference action this past Saturday. The defending national champions, who have a 5-0 record, received 164 of the 167 first-place votes - 98.2 percent - and 4,171 points in the poll.
The other three first-place votes went to Montana State (6-0), the two-time reigning Big Sky co-champion. The Bobcats have won their last two meetings with Eastern Washington, although they shared the conference title two years ago. Entering Saturday's showdown, both teams have won their first three conference games this season.
With Youngstown State falling five spots in the new poll, CAA Football co- leaders Old Dominion (5-0) and James Madison (4-1) rose one spot each to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. While ODU was idle this past weekend, JMU rallied to a win over defending CAA champion Towson.
No. 5 Wofford (5-0) holds the lead in a bunched SoCon race and after Eastern Washington (4-1) and Georgia Southern (4-1), Youngstown State (4-1) settled in at No. 8, followed by No. 9 Sam Houston State (3-2) and No. 10 Lehigh (6-0).
Stony Brook (5-1) has followed the path of new Big South all-time rushing leader Miguel Maysonet to No. 11 - the highest ranking in program history.
Then it's the two programs with the longest active streak of FCS playoff appearances, New Hampshire (4-2) at No. 12 and Appalachian State (4-2) at No. 13.
They are followed by No. 14 Illinois State (5-1), which hosts Youngstown State in a Top 25 matchup on Saturday; No. 15 Cal Poly (5-0); No. 16 Northern Arizona (4-1); No. 17 Towson (2-3); No. 18 Tennessee State (6-0), the Ohio Valley Conference leader which is in the rankings for the first time since Nov. 17, 2008; No. 19 McNeese State (4-1); and No. 20 South Dakota State (4-1).
Rounding out the poll are No. 21 Central Arkansas (4-2), which visits McNeese State in a Top 25 game among Southland Conference teams Saturday; No. 22 Harvard (4-0), whose 13 straight wins are the FCS high; No. 23 Eastern Kentucky (4-2); No. 24 Delaware (4-2); and No. 25 Samford (5-1), which is appearing in the rankings for the first time since Oct. 13, 1993.
The CAA has the most Top 25 teams with five, while the Big Sky, Missouri Valley and SoCon have four each.
The Citadel and Northern Iowa, which are both on three-game losing streaks, fell out of the Top 25.
For the second consecutive week in the Coaches Poll, two previously unranked teams enter after dominant victories. Albany enters the poll this week at No.24, while Alabama A&M debuts at No.25.
North Dakota State maintained its No. 1 raking this week, receiving all 26 first-place votes. Montana State also maintained its No. 2 ranking, after defeating UC Davis 48-41 on Saturday.
Old Dominion (No. 3), Wofford (No. 4), James Madison (No.5), Eastern Washington (No. 6), Georgia Southern (No. 7) and Sam Houston State (No.8) each moved up one spot after all six teams were victorious Saturday. Youngstown State fell to No. 9, while Lehigh remained at No.10.
Cal Poly made the largest jump in the poll this week, moving up five spots to No.14. The Mustangs are a perfect 5-0 on the season after defeating Weber State 45-23 on Friday. Tennessee State (No.20) jumped four spots after defeating then-No.16 Eastern Kentucky, 23-20. New Hampshire (No.13) jumped four spots as well.
Eleven conferences are represented in the poll. The Colonial Athletic Association has the most teams in the top-25 with five. The Big Sky is represented by four teams, while the Missouri Valley, Southern Conference, and Southland each have three teams in this week's poll. The Ohio Valley conference is represented by two teams, and the Big South, Ivy League, Northeast, Patriot League and Southewestern Athletic Conference each have one team in the top-25.
FULL RANKINGS TO FOLLOW...