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FOUR CAA FOOTBALL SQUADS REMAIN AFTER TOP 10 SHIFT; SEVEN STILL RANKED OVERALL

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          Release: 10/27/2010
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RICHMOND, Va. (October 27, 2010) -- CAA Football’s conference battle attrition wore on last weekend when its last unbeaten team fell.  William and Mary won a one-point contest over Delaware Saturday and jumped over the Blue Hens in both polls Monday.  Week eight wins and losses in the league also helped reshape the polls at spots 10-20.  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 helped rearrange this week’s Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25.  William and Mary moved up to No. 3 after topping previously unbeaten Delaware Saturday.  The Blue Hen loss moved them down four spots to No. 6.  Villanova jumped one spot to No. 5 following a win over James Madison.  New Hampshire remained at No. 10 after its win over UMass at Gillette Stadium.  Richmond moved up two spots to No. 14 thanks to a win over Towson, while James Madison’s loss at Villanova dropped the Dukes four spots to No. 15.  Massachusetts, coming off the loss to New Hampshire in the Colonial Clash, fell six spots on No. 18 rounding out the league’s representation in the Top 25.

The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Notes...
-- Villanova has been part of the poll’s Top 10 for 32-straight weeks...Only Appalachian State has a longer streak at 71-straight weeks.

-- CAA Football makes up four of the Top 10 for the second-straight week and third time this season (Sept. 13).  The league made up five of the Top 10 from Sept. 20-Oct. 11 (four weeks).

-- The league has an eight-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 78-straight weeks.

William and Mary overtook the league’s top spot in the FCS Coaches poll after its one-point win over previously unbeaten Delaware.  The Tribe jumped one spot to No. 4, while the Blue Hens fell four spots to No. 6.  Villanova moved up one to No. 5 after its home-win over James Madison.  New Hampshire stayed at No. 9, while Richmond moved up one spot to No. 14 with a win over Towson at home.  James Madison, which fell on the road to Villanova, fell four spots to No. 15 and UMass fell six places to No. 18 after its loss to New Hampshire in the Colonial Clash.

FCS Coaches Top 25 Notes...
-- For the second-straight week and fourth 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 eight-straight weeks -- six 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...
-- CAA Football has four of the Top eight and six of the Top 13 in the Oct. 27 release of The College Sporting News’ Gridiron Power Index.  Delaware fell into a tie for No. 2, while Villanova and William and Mary are at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.  New Hampshire jumped all the way up to No. 8 after its win over Massachusetts.  James Madison fell to No. 13 after its loss at Villanova, while UMass fell to No. 19.  Richmond, which has won two-straight, entered the rating’s Top 25 for the first time this season and is tied at No. 24.  Overall, CAA Football leads the conference rankings by more than 2.5 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.

-- Delaware leads the nation having only surrendered 73 points in seven games (9.1 points/game).  James Madison is third in the country with a mark of just 13.4 points allowed/game.  Villanova’s defense has limited opponents to 14.9 points/game and ranks fifth in the nation.  New Hampshire has allowed an average of just 15.3 points a game, while William and Mary’s mark of 16.0 points allowed per game is not far behind.  The Wildcats’ and Tribe defenses rank sixth 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).  The next closest at the FCS level is the Ivy League which has an overall conference mark of 22.9 points allowed/game.  In all of major college football, only the Big East’s average scoring defense is comparable to CAA Football as it also has limited opponents to 19.5 points/game (56 contests).

-- Villanova has been part of The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 10 for 32-straight weeks.

-- The Richmond/Villanova game marks the fourth time in six years the previous two FCS National Champions will meet.  Last season, Richmond (2008) fell to Appalachian State (2007) in the NCAA Quarterfinals, 35-31.  In 2006, Appalachian State (2005) hosted James Madison (2004) in the regular season and won 21-10.  In 2005, Delaware (2003) beat JMU (2004), 34-28.

-- New Hampshire’s Matt Evans and Rhode Island’s Matt Hansen both lead the league with an average of 11.6 tackles per game.  The two also rank eighth and ninth nationally in the category.

-- New Hampshire’s Dino Vasso has hauled in a league-best five interceptions this season in eight games.  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 104 in four seasons.  The senior needs 35 kickoff return yards to become the league’s all-time career leader in the category.

-- William and Mary’s Jonathan Grimes is 444 all-purpose yards away from ranking in CAA Football’s career Top-10 list for the category.

-- The league’s BCS neighbors in the Atlantic Coast Conference have managed a 3-3 mark against CAA Football over the last two seasons...CAA Football’s wins over the ACC in that time frame are:  Richmond over Duke (‘09), William and Mary over Virginia (‘09) and James Madison over Virginia Tech (‘10).

CAA Football is blogging at caafootballblog.com...be sure to checkout the official blog of CAA Football to find all sorts of information that might not be at CAASports.com.  CAA Football is also on Twitter...Fans from all 10 schools can get up-to-date information by following the league at twitter.com/The_CAAFootball.  CAA Football will tweet throughout this offseason and continue into the 2010 fall season.  The league is also active in the new media area and encourages fans to visit us on YouTube:  youtube.com/CAAFootball.  Logon now and subscribe to see the latest video productions from CAA Football.  Fans can also get their CAA Football news delivered straight to them by following the league on Digg:  digg.com/caafootball.

Below is a comparison showing both National Polls released Oct. 25.

Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Ranking FCS Coaches Top 25
Appalachian State (136) No. 1 Appalachian State (26)
Jacksonville State (17) No. 2 Jacksonville State
William and Mary (2) No. 3 Stephen F. Austin (1)
Stephen F. Austin (1) No. 4 William and Mary
Villanova No. 5 Villanova
Delaware No. 6 Delaware
Montana No. 7 Montana
Eastern Washington No. 8 Eastern Washington
Wofford No. 9 New Hampshire
New Hampshire No. 10 Wofford
Southeast Missouri State No. 11 Southeast Missouri State
Bethune-Cookman No. 12 Liberty
Montana State No. 13 Montana State
Richmond No. 14 Richmond
James Madison No. 15 James Madison
Liberty No. 16 Bethune-Cookman
South Carolina State No. 17 South Carolina State
Massachusetts No. 18 Massachusetts
Northern Iowa No. 19 Northern Iowa
Chattanooga No. 20 Cal Poly
Penn No. 21 Penn
Cal Poly No. 22 North Dakota State
Grambling No. 23 Chattanooga
Jacksonville No. 24 Western Illinois
Northern Arizona No. 25 Grambling

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced the third weekly ECAC® Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll presented by FieldTurf Tarkett of the 2010 season.  William and Mary (6-1), fresh off its win over Delaware this past weekend, moved into the No. 1 spot while the Blue Hens and Villanova both reside in a tie for No. 2.

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. 25.

Rank Team Record Points
No. 1 William and Mary 6-1 180
No. 2 Delaware 7-1 152
No. 2 Villanova 5-2 152
No. 4 New Hampshire 5-3 128
No. 5 Penn 5-1 90
No. 6 James Madison 4-3 78
No. 7 Richmond 4-3 72
No. 8 Robert Morris 6-1 56
No. 9 Massachusetts 4-3 42
No. 10 Lehigh 5-2 36
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