RICHMOND, Va. (September 7, 2010) -- A total of seven CAA Football teams are ranked heading into week two of the 2010 season, the most in one single week since Oct. 12, 2009 (Week 6). Villanova’s hold on the top spot ended after a last-second loss at Temple, but the league still has a national-best three teams among the Top-10. Below are some notes on CAA Football among both the nation’s Top-25 polls as well as news and notes from around the league.
Villanova garnered 46 first-place votes after a season-opening loss to FBS-foe Temple, but Montana knocked the Wildcats from the top-spot in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top-25 in week two. New Hampshire, following a 33-3 win over Central Connecticut State, jumped to No. 6 in the rankings. Richmond fell one spot to No. 7 after a season-opening loss at Virginia. William and Mary lost on the road at conference-foe Massachusetts to open the season, and fell from No. 4 to No. 11. The Tribe’s fall to No. 11 snapped its string of 14-straight weeks among the Top 10. James Madison moved up to No. 12 with its win over Morehead State, while Delaware remained at No. 16 following a win over NCAA Division II West Chester. UMass, which upset preseason No. 4 William and Mary, is in the No. 18 spot and ranked for the first time since Oct. 26, 2009.
The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Notes...
-- The league’s three squads in the Top 10 each extended individual program streaks as Richmond has now been ranked 10th-or-better 36-straight weeks. Villanova has not fallen out of the Top 10 in 25-straight weeks and New Hampshire has been among the Top 10 four-straight weeks.
-- CAA Football makes up three of the Top 10, while both the Southern (Appalachian State and Elon) and Missouri Valley (Southern Illinois and South Dakota State) Conferences boast two in the Top 10. The Big Sky is represented in the Top 10 by Montana, Stephen F. Austin gives the Southland Conference representation and the Ohio Valley Conference has Jacksonville State in the group of 10.
-- CAA Football has seven teams ranked this week in The Sports Network Top-25. The last time the league boasted seven among TSN’s poll was Oct. 12, 2009.
-- The league has now had at least three teams ranked every week since The Sports Network’s poll began and two teams among the poll’s Top 10 in 71-straight weeks.
Villanova fell three spots in the FCS Coaches Poll following its 31-24 loss at Temple and enter week two at No. 4. New Hampshire climbed from No. 9 to No. 5 with its win, while Richmond dropped one spot to No. 7. James Madison moved up four spots to No. 11 with a win over Morehead State, while William and Mary fell 10 spots to No. 14 after stumbling at league-foe Massachusetts. Delaware, after topping West Chester, moved up to No. 17, and UMass entered the Coaches Poll at No. 20 following a win over previously-ranked No. 4 William and Mary.
FCS Coaches Top 25 Notes...
-- CAA Football makes up three of the Top 10, while both the Southern (Appalachian State and Elon) and Missouri Valley (Southern Illinois and South Dakota State) Conferences boast two in the Top 10. The Big Sky is represented in the Top 10 by Montana while McNeese State (Southland Conference) and Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley) gives those conferences representation in the group of 10.
-- William and Mary fell out of the Top-10 following its loss Saturday, ending the league’s run of at least four teams ranked among the Top 10 in the Coaches Poll at 17-straight weeks (Nov. 23, 2008-Aug. 23, 2010).
-- The league has seven squads represented in this week’s FCS Coaches poll. The last time CAA Football had seven ranked among the Coaches poll was Sept. 14, 2009.
-- CAA Football has also had at least four squads ranked every week in the FCS Coaches poll since it debuted in 2007.
News and Notes from around the league:
-- Massachusetts linebacker Tyler Holmes, who earlier Monday was named CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week, picked up some national recognition by being named a College Sporting News FCS National All-Star. The junior logged 10 tackles in the Minutemen’s win over previously-ranked No. 4 William and Mary Saturday. Holmes, one of eight returning All-Americans for CAA Football in 2010, picked off a pass late in the game which halted a Tribe drive and sealed the win for UMass.
-- Upwards of 40 CAA Football alumni will litter NFL rosters when the 2010 season begins this coming weekend.
-- Richmond’s senior kick returner Justin Rogers is the league’s all-time kickoff return leader and needs just 258 kick return yards to be the league’s all-time career kickoff return yards leader.
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Below is a comparison showing both National Polls released Sept. 6.
|Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25||Ranking||FCS Coaches Top 25|
|Montana (57)||No. 1||Montana (16)|
|Villanova (46)||No. 2||Southern Illinois|
|Appalachian State (8)||No. 3||Appalachian State (1)|
|Southern Illinois (3)||No. 4||Villanova (8)|
|Jacksonville State (9)||No. 5||New Hampshire|
|New Hampshire (2)||No. 6||Jacksonville State (2)|
|South Dakota State||No. 9||South Dakota State|
|Stephen F. Austin||No. 10||McNeese State|
|William and Mary (1)||No. 11||James Madison|
|James Madison||No. 12||Stephen F. Austin|
|McNeese State||No. 13||Northern Iowa|
|Northern Iowa||No. 14||William and Mary|
|South Carolina State||No. 15||Eastern Washington|
|Delaware||No. 16||South Carolina State|
|Eastern Washington||No. 17||Delaware|
|Liberty||No. 19||Weber State|
|Weber State||No. 20||Massachusetts|
|North Dakota State||No. 21||North Dakota State|
|Prairie View A&M||No. 22||Eastern Illinois|
|Eastern Illinois||No. 23||Montana State|
|Montana State||No. 24||Northern Arizona|