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Football Monarchs Remain at No. 4 in Both Polls

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: October 01, 2012
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Oct. 1, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion Football Monarchs remained at No. 4 in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches Polls following their 45-37 win over Richmond last Saturday to improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

In the Sports Network Poll, the big news was Montana, two time national title winners and five-time runner-ups, fell out of the top-25 for the first time since 1998.

Defending FCS national champion North Dakota State is sitting at No. 1 again as it heads into Saturday's Missouri Valley Football Championship showdown against No. 3 Youngstown State.

Montana State (5-0) was second and had six first-place votes. Youngstown State was third with seven first-place votes.

In fact, the top seven teams went unchanged as CAA Football programs Old Dominion (5-0) and James Madison (3-1) were ranked No. 4 and 5, respectively, followed by No. 6 Wofford (4-0) from the Southern Conference and No. 7 Eastern Washington (3-1).

Georgia Southern (3-1) moved up two spots to No. 8, while Sam Houston State (2-2) and Illinois State (5-0) shared the No. 9 spot.

Up next were No. 11 Lehigh (5-0), No. 12 Towson (2-2) and No. 13 Stony Brook (4-1), which beat Army, 23-3, on Saturday for its first-ever win over an FBS program.

New Hampshire (3-2) rose six spots to No. 14 following a 34-14 win over Delaware. With Montana falling out of the Top 25 rankings, UNH owns the longest active run of appearances at 118, dating to 2004.

The Wildcats were followed by No. 15 Appalachian State (3-2), No. 16 Delaware (4-1), No. 17 Eastern Kentucky (4-1), No. 18 Northern Arizona (4-1), No. 19 The Citadel (3-2) and No. 20 Cal Poly (4-0).

Rounding out the poll were No. 21 McNeese State (4-1), No. 22 Northern Iowa (1-4), No. 23 South Dakota State (4-1), No. 24 Central Arkansas (3-2) and No. 25 Harvard (3-0), the defending Ivy League champion which returned to the rankings following a 52-3 rout of Holy Cross.

In the FCS Coaches Poll, previously unranked Northern Arizona and Tennessee State both entered this week's poll after winning this weekend. Northern Arizona makes its first appearance in the Top 25 at No.21, while Tennessee State enters at No.24.

The top seven teams remain unchanged in this week's coaches poll. North Dakota State (No.1), Montana State (No.2), Old Dominion (No.4), Wofford (No.5), and Eastern Washington (No.7) went a combined 5-0 over the weekend, while Youngstown State (No.3) and James Madison (No.6) held their spots after being idle last weekend.

Georgia Southern moved up one spot to No.8 after defeating conference foe and then-No.25 Samford 35-16. Sam Houston State (No.9) and Lehigh (No.10) each moved up one spot to round out the Top 10.

Stony Brook and New Hampshire each made the largest jumps in the polls this week, moving up five spots to No. 13 and No. 17, respectively. Stony Brook defeated FBS-opponent Army, 23-3, while New Hampshire defeated then-No.8 Delaware, 34-14.

Nine conferences are represented in the FCS Coaches Poll. The Colonial Athletic Association has the most teams in the top-25 with five. The Big Sky, Missouri Valley, and Southern Conference are each represented by four teams, while three Southland teams make an appearance in this week's poll. The Ohio Valley conference is represented by two teams, and the Big South, Ivy League, and Patriot League each have one team in the top-25.

The Sports Network FCS Top 25
College Football Poll
 
Team (First-place votes) 2012 Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (156) 4-0 4204 1
2. Montana State Bobcats (6) 5-0 3974 2
3. Youngstown State Penguins (7) 4-0 3857 3
4. Old Dominion Monarchs 5-0 3691 4
5. James Madison Dukes 3-1 3380 5
6. Wofford Terriers 4-0 3321 6
7. Eastern Washington Eagles 3-1 3157 7
8. Georgia Southern Eagles 3-1 2663 10
9. Illinois State Redbirds 5-0 2602 13
9. Sam Houston State Bearkats 2-2 2602 9
11. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 5-0 2120 15
12. Towson Tigers 2-2 2076 12
13. Stony Brook Seawolves 4-1 2036 18
14. New Hampshire Wildcats 3-2 1847 20
15. Appalachian State Mountaineers 3-2 1789 17
16. Delaware Blue Hens 4-1 1697 8
17. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 4-1 1479 19
18. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 4-1 1234 22
19. The Citadel Bulldogs 3-2 1192 11
20. Cal Poly Mustangs 4-0 1172 23
21. McNeese State Cowboys 4-1 723 24
22. Northern Iowa Panthers 1-4 691 14
23. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 4-1 618 25
24. Central Arkansas Bears 3-2 602 16
25. Harvard Crimson 3-0 426 NR
Others receiving votes: Tennessee State 400, Albany 266, Montana 261, Stephen F. Austin 119, Samford 119, Alabama A&M 114, Villanova 102, Indiana State 67, North Dakota 56, Richmond 47, Jacksonville State 32, Eastern Illinois 27, Bethune-Cookman 25, UT Martin 25, Sacramento State 23, Chattanooga 22, Tennessee Tech 19, Howard 13, Southern Utah 8, Jacksonville 8, Southeastern Louisiana 6, Duquesne 5, Brown 4, Lafayette 2, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1, South Dakota 1....

Team (No. 1 Votes) 2012 Record Points Previous Ranking
1. North Dakota State (26) 4-0 650 1
2. Montana State 5-0 616 2
3. Youngstown State 4-0 597 3
4. Old Dominion 5-0 578 4
5. Wofford 4-0 534 5
6. James Madison 3-1 506 6
7. Eastern Washington 3-1 486 7
8. Georgia Southern 3-1 450 9
9. Sam Houston State 2-2 415 10
10. Lehigh 5-0 406 11
11. Illinois State 5-0 396 12
12. Towson 2-2 315 13
13. Stony Brook 4-1 309 18
14. Appalachian State 3-2 294 16
15. Delaware 4-1 278 8
16. Eastern Kentucky 4-1 241 19
17. New Hampshire 3-2 227 22
18. McNeese State 4-1 198 21
19. Cal Poly 4-0 167 23
20. Central Arkansas 3-2 121 14
21. Northern Arizona 4-1 117 NR
22. The Citadel 3-2 114 15
23. Harvard 3-0 108 24
24. Tennessee State 5-0 82 NR
25. Northern Iowa 1-4 60 17

Others Receiving Votes: Albany (59), Montana (35), Alabama A&M (20), South Dakota State (18), Jacksonville State (12), Indiana State (10), Stephen F. Austin (9), Samford (7), North Dakota (7), Eastern Illinois (5), Villanova (3).

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