RICHMOND, Va. (September 28, 2010) -- CAA Football continued its hold on half the Top 10 in each of the national polls this week. The league, which has won the last two National Championships, has the No. 1 team in one poll and seven teams among the Top 15 in the other poll. 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 remained at No. 1 in the The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 after a convincing win over previously ranked Penn last Saturday. James Madison used defense to beat then-No. 22 Liberty and stayed at No. 3 this week. Delaware, which travels to James Madison this weekend, went on the road and beat a Top-5 ranked Richmond squad last weekend to jump two spots to No. 5. William and Mary came from behind at Maine for a win and moved up one spot to No. 7, while Massachusetts went on the road to get a non-conference win and advance three spots to No. 8. Richmond, after its loss to Delaware at home, fell six spots to No. 11. New Hampshire rounds out the league’s seven ranked squads, having moved up two places to No. 14 with a win over Lehigh.
The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Notes...
-- Villanova has been part of the poll’s Top 10 for 28-straight weeks...Only Appalachian State has a longer streak at 67-straight weeks. The Wildcats and Mountaineers are the only squads with current double-digit Top 10 streaks.
-- CAA Football makes up five of the Top 10 for the second-straight week.
-- The league has a four-week streak of seven teams ranked in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25. The last time the league had consecutive weeks of seven among TSN’s poll was Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 2004 (4 weeks).
-- The league has 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 74-straight weeks.
Villanova (No. 2) and James Madison (No. 3) didn’t move in this week’s FCS Coaches poll, but Delaware, William and Mary and Massa chusetts all made jumps. The Blue Hens went on the road to knock off then-No. 5 Richmond, and replaced the Spiders at No. 5 this week. The Tribe jumped one spot to No. 7 after a come-from-behind win at Maine. Massachusetts picked up a non-conference win at Stony Brook and advanced one place to No. 8 in the poll. The Spiders fell to No. 12 after their loss to Delaware, while New Hampshire moved up three spots to No. 15 following a 31-10 win over Lehigh.
FCS Coaches Top 25 Notes...
-- Five CAA Football squads are among the Top 10 this week, equalling a mark set Sept. 28, 2009. The league’s Top-10 total is down one from last week’s record mark of six among the Top 10.
-- The league’s four-week string of seven ranked squads extends a poll first. CAA Football is the only league to ever have seven teams ranked in a single week, and that has now happened in four-straight weeks -- two weeks better than the league’s previous best streak -- Sept. 7-14, 2009.
-- CAA Football has 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:
-- New Hampshire’s R.J. Toman, who earned CAA Football’s Offensive Player of the Week honors Monday morning, was named a College Sporting News National All-Star Monday evening. The senior passed for a career-high 348 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 31-10 win over Lehigh. Toman, who led New Hampshire to 519 yards of total offense in the contest, completed 26-of-37 passes and spread out completions to eight different receivers. Toman’s CAA honor was the second of his career after earning Rookie of the Week honors in 2007, while the national honor is the first of his career.
-- The league has seven ranked squads in each of the national polls for the fourth-straight week. No league other than CAA Football has had more than six teams ranked in either poll on a single week dating back to 2007.
-- Richmond’s Justin Rogers is the league’s all-time career leader in kickoff returns with 98 in four seasons. The senior needs 147 kickoff return yards to become the league’s all-time career leader in kick return yards.
-- Villanova’s Matt Szczur needs 498 all-purpose yards to move among the league’s career all-purpose yard Top-10 list.
-- William and Mary’s Jonathan Grimes is 931 all-purpose yards away from ranking in CAA Football’s career Top-10 list for the category.
-- James Madison is the third CAA Football squad to earn votes in the Associated Press (AP) poll in the last two seasons. The Dukes are also just the second FCS school in AP Top 25 history to receive votes in two consecutive polls.
-- CAA Football is a combined 15-3 against non-conference FCS opponents this season. The league is also 17-10 thus far in all non-conference action.
-- CAA Football has topped three ACC non-conference opponents in the last two seasons including James Madison’s, 21-16, win over then-nationally-ranked Virginia Tech, Sept. 11.
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Below is a comparison showing both National Polls released Sept. 27.
|Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25||Ranking||FCS Coaches Top 25|
|Villanova (94)||No. 1||Appalachian State (16)|
|Appalachian State (24)||No. 2||Villanova (6)|
|James Madison (22)||No. 3||James Madison (3)|
|Jacksonville State (5)||No. 4||Jacksonville State (1)|
|Delaware (1)||No. 5||Delaware (1)|
|Stephen F. Austin||No. 6||Stephen F. Austin (1)|
|William and Mary||No. 7||William and Mary|
|South Carolina State||No. 9||South Carolina State|
|Montana State||No. 10||Montana State|
|North Dakota State||No. 13||North Dakota State|
|New Hampshire||No. 14||Cal Poly|
|Cal Poly||No. 15||New Hampshire|
|Eastern Washington||No. 16||Georgia Southern|
|Northern Iowa||No. 17||Eastern Washington|
|Furman||No. 18||Texas State|
|Georgia Southern||No. 19||Illinois State|
|Texas State||No. 20||Youngstown State|
|Youngstown State||No. 22||Northern Iowa|
|Illinois State||No. 23||Furman|
|Southern Illinois||No. 24||Southern Illinois|
|Liberty||No. 25||Central Arkansas|