Monarchs Move Up One Spot In Both Polls
By ODU Athletics
Sept. 3, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion Football Monarchs moved up one spot in both The Sports Network Poll and FCS Coaches Poll on Monday following its 57-23 season opening win over Duquesne.
In the Sports Network Poll, the Monarchs moved up to No. 7 from its preseason No. 8 ranking.
Overall, the Missouri Valley has five teams in the TSN Top-25 - one fewer than CAA Football. Illinois State moved up one spot to No. 18 after beating Dayton, 56-14, while Indiana State remained at No. 23 following a 24-17 loss at Big Ten member Indiana.
The top five teams in the poll were unchanged from the preseason poll, each representing a different conference.
No. 1 Sam Houston State was the lone team in that group to have a bye in Week 1. The Bearkats, who lost to North Dakota State in the national championship game last season, received 87 of 164 first-place votes and 3,985 points to hold onto the top spot. The defending Southland Conference champions will open their season on Saturday by hosting Incarnate Word.
After North Dakota State (1-0) remained at No. 2, Georgia Southern (1-0) was at No. 3 following a 58-0 victory over Jacksonville. Then it was No. 4 Montana State (1-0), which beat Chadron State, 33-6, and No. 5 James Madison (1-0), which handled St. Francis (Pa.), 55-7.
No. 6 Youngstown State (1-0), which received seven first-place votes in Monday's poll, never trailed in its win over Pittsburgh. Old Dominion (1-0) was ranked No. 7, followed by No. 8 Northern Iowa (0-1); No. 9 Eastern Washington (1-0), which impressed with a 20-3 win at Western Athletic Conference member Idaho; and No. 10 Wofford (1-0).
Old Dominion also moved up in the FCS Coaches Poll to No. 5 from its preseason ranking of No. 6, its highest ranking to-date.
The top four spots in the Coaches Poll remained the same after week one with defending FCS Champion North Dakota State remained at No. 1, Sam Houston State at No. 2, Georgia Southern at No. 3, and Montana State at No. 4.
Following the Monarchs at No. 5, fellow CAA Football member James Madison moved up two spots to No. 6 and was followed by No. 6 Northern Iowa, No. 7 Appalachian State, No. 8 Montana, No. 9 Youngstown State, and No. 10 Eastern Washington.
|FCS COACHES TOP 25 POLL|
|Rank||School (First-Place Votes)||Record||Points||Previous|
|1||North Dakota State (23)||1-0||645||1|
|2||Sam Houston State (2)||0-0||611||2|
|T21||Stephen F. Austin||1-0||102||24|
|T21||McNeese State (1)||1-0||102||NR|
Dropped out: No. 25 Indiana State.
Others receiving votes: Indiana State (57); Liberty (39); South Carolina State (34); Jacksonville State (32); UT Martin (25); Bethune-Cookman (17); Tennessee Tech (16); William & Mary (14); North Dakota (11); Albany (7); Cal Poly (7); Portland State (7); Alabama A&M (6); Cornell (2); Jackson State (2); Samford (2); Pennsylvania (1); Tennessee State (1).