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FOUR CAA FOOTBALL SQUADS STILL AMONG TOP 10; SEVEN RANKED OVERALL

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          Release: 10/20/2010
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RICHMOND, Va. (October 20, 2010) -- CAA Football’s conference battle attrition knocked one of its teams out of the nation’s Top 10,  but it held on to the notation of seven teams among the Top 16.  Delaware, which hits the road for a Top-5 battle this weekend, is the league’s highest ranked team at No. 2 in both The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 and the FCS Coaches poll.  Below are some notes on CAA Football among both the nation’s Top 25 polls, the newly released Gridiron Power Index, as well as other news and notes from around the league.

CAA Football’s match-up attrition started to show in this week’s Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25.  Delaware (No. 2), William and Mary (No. 4) and Villanova (No. 6) all remained unchanged following Week Seven of the season, but there was movement elsewhere.  New Hampshire jumped six spots to No. 10 following a road-win at James Madison.  The Dukes fell four spots and out of the Top 10 to No. 11 after the loss.  Massachusetts, which lost at home to Richmond, fell to No. 12, while the Spiders used their win to jump four spots to No. 16.

The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Notes...
-- Villanova has been part of the poll’s Top 10 for 31-straight weeks...Only Appalachian State has a longer streak at 70-straight weeks.

-- CAA Football makes up four of the Top 10 for the second time this season (Sept. 13).  The league made up five of the Top 10 each of the last four weeks.

-- The league has a seven-week streak of seven teams ranked in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25...a league record for that many teams in consecutive weeks.  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 77-straight weeks.

Delaware (No. 2) and William and Mary (No. 4), set to meet this weekend in Williamsburg, Va., did not move in this week’s FCS Coaches poll Top 10.  Villanova, thanks to James Madison’s loss, jumped one spot to No. 6.  New Hampshire, which beat the Dukes in Harrisonburg, Va., moved into the Top 10 at No. 9, while JMU fell five spots to No. 11.  Massachusetts, also a victim at home, fell four spots to No. 12.  Richmond, which earned a road-win at UMass, moved into the No. 15 spot after spending a week at No. 19.

FCS Coaches Top 25 Notes...
-- For the third time this season four CAA Football squads are among the Top 10 (Preseason & Sept. 13). 

-- CAA Football is the only league to ever have seven teams ranked in a single week, and that has now happened seven-straight weeks -- five weeks better than the league’s previous best -- 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...
-- Villanova’s Chris Whitney, the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week, earned national all-star recognition for The College Sporting News Tuesday.  The senior, who threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns in the 48-18 win at Maine, became just the second Villanova quarterback to throw for 300 yards since 2005.  Whitney also rushed the ball for 37 yards and two touchdowns leading the Wildcats to 559 yards of the total offense in the victory.

-- New Hampshire’s Matt Evans, the second-straight New Hampshire standout to earn CAA Football weekly honors, logged ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors Tuesday after leading the Wildcats to a 28-14 win at James Madison.  The sophomore was credited with a game-high 14 tackles as well as a sack for six yards and 2.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in the win.  Evans helped get New Hampshire on the board Saturday when he scooped up a first-quarter fumble forced by Hugo Souza and ran it back 17 yards for a touchdown.

-- CAA Football had four of the Top 10 and six of the Top 15 in the second release of The College Sporting News’ Gridiron Power Index.  Delaware is tops in the poll, while both Villanova and William and Mary are tied at No. 5.  James Madison is tied at No. 10 with Northern Arizona.  New Hampshire is at No. 14, while Massachusetts came in at No. 15.  Overall, CAA Football leads the conference rankings by more than two rating points.  The Gridiron Power Index (GPI) is an index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection.

-- The top five scoring defenses in CAA Football are also five of the top eight scoring defenses in the country.  Delaware leads the nation having only surrendered 56 points in seven games (8.0 points/game).  James Madison is second in the country with a mark of just 13.3 points allowed/game.  New Hampshire’s defense has limited opponents to 15.6 points/game and ranks fifth in the nation.  William and Mary has allowed an average of just 16.0 points a game, while Villanova’s mark of 16.2 points allowed per game is not far behind.  The Tribe and Wildcats’ defenses rank seventh and eighth in the country, respectively.

-- CAA Football’s league average of 19.5 points allowed/game is tops among league scoring defense average (FCS).  No conference has a scoring defense average better than 20 points a game, while the Ivy is the closest to the CAA Football mark having given up 893 points in 40 games (22.3 points/game).  Only the Big East (18.8 points allowed/game) has a better league scoring defense average in all of major college football.

-- Villanova has been part of The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 10 for 31-straight weeks.  The Wildcats and Appalachian State are the only two teams with Top-10 ranked streaks longer than 10 consecutive weeks.

-- Delaware’s Andrew Pierce is averaging a league-best 125.7 yards/game which ranks as the fifth-best average among rushers in the country.

-- New Hampshire’s Dino Vasso has hauled in a league-best five interceptions this season in seven games.  The senior’s average of 0.71 INT’s a game is fifth-best in the country.  One more pick for Vasso will place him in a tie for eighth on CAA Football’s career interception list with 18.

-- Richmond’s Justin Rogers is the league’s all-time career leader in kickoff returns with 102 in four seasons.  The senior needs 64 kickoff return yards to become the league’s all-time career leader in the category.

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Below is a comparison showing both National Polls released Oct. 18.

Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Ranking FCS Coaches Top 25
Appalachian State (111) No. 1 Appalachian State (25)
Delaware (28) No. 2 Delaware (1)
Jacksonville State (11) No. 3 Jacksonville State (1)
William and Mary No. 4 Stephen F. Austin
Stephen F. Austin (1) No. 5 William and Mary
Villanova No. 6 Villanova
Montana No. 7 Montana
Eastern Washington No. 8 Eastern Washington
Wofford No. 9 New Hampshire
New Hampshire No. 10 Wofford
James Madison No. 11 James Madison
Massachusetts No. 12 Massachusetts
Southeast Missouri State No. 13 Southeast Missouri State
Bethune-Cookman No. 14 Liberty
Montana State No. 15 Richmond
Richmond No. 16 Montana State
Liberty No. 17 South Carolina State
South Carolina State No. 18 Western Illinois
Northern Iowa No. 19 Bethune-Cookman
Penn No. 20 Northern Arizona
Western Illinois No. 21 Cal Poly
Northern Arizona No. 22 Northern Iowa
Cal Poly No. 23 Penn
Chattanooga No. 24 North Dakota State
Furman No. 25 Furman

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced the second weekly ECAC® Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll presented by FieldTurf Tarkett of the 2010 season.  Delaware (7-0), undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country, grabs the top spot.  Fellow CAA Football members William and Mary, Villanova, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, James Madison and Richmond fill six of the next seven spots in the poll’s Top 8.

The ECAC will release the weekly poll in each of the four divisions (Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II and Division III) and the final poll in January will determine the trophy winners. The first place teams in the final poll will be presented with their Lambert Meadowlands Awards during the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet.

Established in 1936 as the Lambert Trophy to recognize supremacy in Eastern college football, the award has since grown to recognize the best team in the East in the Bowl Subdivision. In 1957, the Lambert Cup was created to recognize non-Division I-A teams, and in 1966 a Division III award was added. In 1983, the Lambert family decided the Meadowlands Sports Complex would be the best organization with a sincere and involved interest in college athletics to sponsor and manage the award, and since that time, the awards have been known as the Lambert Meadowlands Awards.

To be eligible for the Lambert Meadowlands Award, a school must be located in the East or play at least half of its schedule against eligible Lambert teams. The territory includes New York, New Jersey, New England and Pennsylvania, while teams in the bordering states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the District of Columbia qualify if at least half of their schedule features eligible teams. Teams in Eastern-based football conferences, regardless of location, qualify if at least half their schedule is against Lambert eligible teams.

Below is the ECAC Lambert Cup Football Championship Subdivision Poll released Oct. 18.

Rank Team Record Points
No. 1 Delaware 7-0 198
No. 2 William and Mary 5-1 182
No. 3 Villanova 4-2 160
No. 4 New Hampshire 4-3 128
No. 5 Massachusetts 4-2 94
No. 6 Penn 4-1 84
No. 7 James Madison 4-2 80
No. 8 Richmond 3-3 62
No. 9 Colgate 4-2 48
No. 9 Robert Morris 6-1 48
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