|Montana State No.1, Mountaineers Ranked In Top Ten|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Monday, 14 November 2011 18:01|
Montana State University has a No.1 ranking for the first time in school history. And the Bobcats (9-1) did it without even playing last week. Montana State, which was second in the polls last week climbed to No.1, when North Dakota State, which led the top spot the last two weeks, dropped a 27-24 decision at home to Youngstown State.
The Bison (9-1) fall to fifth in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches Top 25 Polls. But the Bison did receive one first-place vote in TSN Poll. Montana State, which closes out the regular season with an in-state rivarly game against No. 7 Montana, The Bobcats received 76 first-place votes in the TSN Poll, and 18 first-place votes in the Coaches Poll.
Sam Houston State is ranked second in the TSN Poll, and the Bearcats third in the Coaches Poll. And the Bearcats (10-0) also received their share of first-place votes. Sam Houston State received 71 first-place votes in TSN Poll and eight in the Coaches Poll.
Georgia Southern, which won its first SoCon title since 2002 (the Eagles shared the championship in 2004), are ranked second in the Coaches Poll, and received two first-place votes; they're third in TSN Poll and received eight first-place votes. The Eagles (9-1) close out the regular season at Alabama on Saturday. The Crimson Tide (9-1) is ranked third this week in the Associated Press Top 25 at the Football Bowl Sub-Division level.
Montana State, Sam Houston State, Georgia Southern, Northern Iowa and North Dakota State round out the top five in TSN Poll; Montana State, Georgia Southern, Sam Houston State, Northern Iowa and North Dakota State round out the top five in the Coaches Poll.
If you're wondering about Appalachian State. The Mountaineers (7-3), who crushed hapless Western Carolina Saturday, are ranked ninth in TSN Poll and eighth in the Coaches Poll. The Mountaineers, who must win out to secure a spot in the Football Championship Sub-Division Playoffs, which officially begin Saturday, November 26, close out the regular season Saturday at Elon. The Phoenix upended Furman last Saturday.
Wofford College (7-3), which lost the SoCon championship to Georgia Southern on Saturday, is 12th in TSN Poll and 13th in the Coaches Poll. The Terriers close out the regular season at Chattanooga on Saturday. Remember, if Wofford wins, the Terriers would clinch second-place in the SoCon because they beat ASU in Spartanburg, S.C., back on October 1..
The FCS playoff pairings will be announced Sunday, November 20.
The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top-25 College Football Poll
Others receiving votes: Indiana State 331, North Dakota 195, Youngstown State 141, Jacksonville State 139, Stony Brook 135, Alabama State 98, San Diego 84, Bethune-Cookman 67, Duquesne 51, Drake 50, Eastern Kentucky 43, Brown 41, Chattanooga 39, William & Mary 28, Georgetown 24, Albany 19, Stephen F. Austin 18, Bryant 11, Southern Utah 11, Murray State 10, Florida A&M 10, Grambling State 8, South Carolina State 8, South Daktoa State 6, Alabama A&M 5, Samford 5, Eastern Washington 5, Elon 4, Cal Poly 4, Tennessee State 2, Jacksonville 1, Massachusetts 1.
FCS Coaches Poll
No. School Record Points Prev
Others Receiving Votes: Portland State(7-3) 35; Furman(6-4) 31; Youngstown State(6-4) 19; Drake(9-2) 18; San Diego(8-2) 18; Jacksonville State(6-4) 17; William & Mary(4-6) 11; Southern Utah(5-5) 9; Brown(7-2) 9; Jacksonville (Fl)(7-3) 9; Stony Brook(7-3) 9; Florida A&M(7-3) 8; Eastern Washington(5-5) 4; Eastern Kentucky(6-4) 3; Alabama State(7-3) 3; Cal Poly(5-5) 1; Stephen F. Austin(5-5) 1; Albany(7-3) 1.
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