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Monarchs Move Up One Spot In Both Polls

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: September 03, 2012
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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.

The Sports Network FCS Top 25
College Football Poll
 
Team (First-place votes) 2012 Record Points Previous Rank
1. Sam Houston State Bearkats (87) 0-0 3985 1
2. North Dakota State Bison (65) 1-0 3947 2
3. Georgia Southern Eagles (4) 1-0 3651 3
4. Montana State Bobcats (1) 1-0 3457 4
5. James Madison Dukes 1-0 3269 5
6. Youngstown State Penguins (7) 1-0 2988 13
7. Old Dominion Monarchs 1-0 2842 8
8. Northern Iowa Panthers 0-1 2727 9
9. Eastern Washington Eagles 1-0 2505 12
10. Wofford Terriers 1-0 2488 10
11. Appalachian State Mountaineers 0-1 2484 6
12. Montana Grizzlies 1-0 2240 11
13. Towson Tigers 0-1 2236 7
14. New Hampshire Wildcats 1-0 2063 14
15. Delaware Blue Hens 1-0 1779 15
16. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 1-0 1530 16
17. Stony Brook Seawolves 1-0 1484 17
18. Illinois State Redbirds 1-0 1229 19
19. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 1-0 1082 20
20. Maine Black Bears 0-0 743 21
21. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 0-1 689 18
22. McNeese State Cowboys 1-0 594 NR
23. Indiana State Sycamores 0-1 531 23
24. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 0-1 443 22
25. Central Arkansas Bears 0-1 356 24
Others receiving votes: Harvard 327, Liberty 213, UT Martin 173, South Carolina State 169, William & Mary 168, Norfolk State 146, Bethune-Cookman 134, Cal Poly 84, Chattanooga 76, Tennessee Tech 52, Eatern Illinois 48, Northern Arizona 43, North Dakota 43, Murray State 40, Albany 38, Portland State 34, South Dakota State 34, Penn 17, Samford 17, Alabama State 16, Tennessee State 16, Dayton 12, Morgan State 9, SE Missouri State 8, Idaho State 7, Southern Utah 7, Duquesne 7, Richmond 5, Georgetown 4, Furman 4, Alabama A&M 3, Alcorn State 3, Jackson State 3, Villanova 2, The Citadel 2, Cornell 2, San Diego 2, Western Illinois 1, Drake 1, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1, UC Davis 1.

































FCS COACHES TOP 25 POLL
RankSchool (First-Place Votes)RecordPointsPrevious
1 North Dakota State (23) 1-0 645 1
2 Sam Houston State (2) 0-0 611 2
3 Georgia Southern 1-0 597 3
4 Montana State 1-0 518 4
5 Old Dominion 1-0 498 6
6 James Madison 1-0 469 8
7 Northern Iowa 0-1 466 7
8 Appalachian State 0-1 434 5
9 Montana 1-0 428 10
10 Youngstown State 1-0 407 18
11 Eastern Washington 1-0 348 15
12 New Hampshire 1-0 346 12
13 Wofford 1-0 336 13
14 Lehigh 1-0 328 11
15 Delaware 1-0 300 14
16 Towson 0-1 290 9
17 Stony Brook 1-0 241 17
18 Maine 0-0 212 16
19 Illinois State 1-0 157 20
20 Central Arkansas 0-1 109 19
T21 Stephen F. Austin 1-0 102 24
T21 McNeese State (1) 1-0 102 NR
23 Harvard 0-0 89 22
24 Norfolk State 1-0 82 23
25 Eastern Kentucky 0-1 58 21

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).

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