Monarchs Move up to No. 6 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25

October 22, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Oct. 22, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Old Dominion University football moved up to No. 6 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 poll.

The Monarchs defeated then No. 18 Towson 31-20 on Saturday to improve to 6-1 on the year and 3-1 in the CAA.

ODU takes on Delaware on Saturday at noon on NBC Sports in the 63rd annual Oyster Bowl.

Big Sky-leading Eastern Washington (6-1) held its top ranking by holding off Sacramento State, 31-28, on Saturday. The Eagles already have tied their win total of a year ago.

EWU was followed in the Top 10 by No. 2 Georgia Southern (6-1); No. 3 North Dakota State (6-1), the defending FCS national champion; No. 4 Montana State (6-1); No. 5 Sam Houston State (5-2); No. 6 Old Dominion (6-1); No. 7 Wofford (6-1); No. 8 Lehigh (8-0); No. 9 James Madison (5-2); and No. 10 Stony Brook (7-1), which posted its highest ranking ever.

Cal Poly (7-0), one of only two FCS unbeatens along with Lehigh, moved up three spots to No. 11 after it beat Portland State, 37-25.

Following the Mustangs were No. 12 New Hampshire (6-2), No. 13 Northern Arizona (6-1), No. 14 Central Arkansas (6-2), No. 15 Indiana State (6-2), No. 16 Appalachian State (5-3), No. 17 Illinois State (6-2), No. 18 Eastern Kentucky (6-2), No. 19 Villanova (6-2) and No. 20 Delaware (5-2).

Rounding out the poll were No. 21 Tennessee State (7-1), No. 22 Youngstown State (4-3), No. 23 Towson (3-4), Albany and No. 25 Richmond (5-3), which after beating James Madison, 35-29, moved into the rankings for the first time this season.

Richmond, which is enjoying a turnaround under first-year coach Danny Rocco, gave the CAA a national-best seven teams in the Top 25.

South Dakota State and Harvard dropped out of the Top 25 after suffering losses this past Saturday.

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the Top 25. A first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.

During the regular season, the Top 25 is released every Monday afternoon, except for the final weekend of the regular season, when it will be released Sunday morning, Nov. 18, prior to the selection of the FCS playoff field.

The Sports Network will release a final Top 25 following the FCS championship game, which will be held Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas.