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CAA FOOTBALL HOLDS TOP SPOT IN BOTH POLLS; SIX STILL RANKED

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          Release: 11/17/2010
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RICHMOND, Va. (November 17, 2010) -- CAA Football held on to the top spot in both polls, but the team changed after an upset.  Delaware remained at the top of FCS Coaches Poll, and jumped to No. 1 in the  Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 for the first time since 2004.  The Blue Hens’ No. 1 ranking in the regular season is the first since 1981, five years prior to joining what then was the Yankee Conference.  Below are some notes on CAA Football among both the nation’s Top 25 polls,  other regular season news and notes from around the league and a preview of this weekend’s NCAA Division I Football Championship Selection Show.

CAA Football held on to the top spot in the Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25, but Delaware moved up one spot into the position after William and Mary stumbled at James Madison.  The Tribe fell five spots to No. 6 after its loss on the road.  New Hampshire moved up three spots to No. 14 following its win on the road at Villanova which ended a 15-game home win streak on the Main Line.  Villanova, after its loss, dropped six spots to No. 15.  Richmond advanced three places to No. 18 after logging its second-straight win Saturday and UMass fell five spots to No. 19 after a loss at home to top-ranked Delaware.  James Madison earned 253 points in the polling process, falling just outside the Top 25.

The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Notes...
-- Delaware is the third CAA Football squad to hold the No. 1 spot in the The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 this season.  Villanova and William and Mary both occupied the top spot in the poll earlier this season.

-- CAA Football only has two teams in the Top 10 this week, but made up five of the Top 10 from Sept. 20-Oct. 11 (four weeks).

-- The league had its record nine-week streak of seven teams ranked in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 end last week.  Only six of the league’s 10 teams were part of the Top 25 each of the last two 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 81-straight weeks.

Delaware, which also clinched at least a share of the league title, maintained its hold on No. 1 in the FCS Coaches Poll with a win at Massachusetts.  William and Mary fell on the road at unranked James Madison, and subsequently fell four spots in the poll to No. 6.  New Hampshire, which ended a 15-game home win streak for Villanova by topping the Wildcats, 31-24, jumped two spots to No. 13.  Villanova, following that loss to New Hampshire, dropped six to No. 15.  Massachusetts also fell six spots to 19th after a loss at home to Delaware, while Richmond improved three places to No. 20 with its second-straight win.  James Madison tallied 21 points in this week’s polling but landed outside the Top 25.

FCS Coaches Top 25 Notes...
-- Delaware is No. 1 in the FCS Coaches poll for the second-straight week, and now two CAA Football teams have been No. 1 in the Coaches poll this season.

-- For the first time this season only two CAA Football squads are among the Top 10.  The league had as many as six among the Top 10 earlier this season (Sept. 20).

-- Six league squads are ranked this week -- now a two-week streak.  CAA Football’s nine-straight weeks with seven ranked teams ended last week (Sept. 6-Nov. 1).  CAA Football is the only league to ever have seven teams ranked in a single week of the Coaches poll.

-- 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...
-- James Madison freshman quarterback Dae’Quan Scott not only picked up CAA Football Rookie of the Week honors, but he also garnered National Freshman of the Week accolades from The Sports Network/Fathead.com.  Scott led James Madison to an upset win of William and Mary Saturday in Harrisonburg when he replaced senior Drew Dudzik at quarterback.  The redshirt-freshman garnered 125 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries and did not attempt a pass during his time at quarterback.  The Dukes racked up all of their 266 yards of offense on the ground while Scott was leading the unit.  Prior to Scott’s move to quarterback Saturday, the Staunton, Va., native had played receiver in nine contests having made 16 catches for 206 yards and one touchdown.

-- Delaware remained at the top of the College Sporting News’ Gridiron Power Index (GPI).  CAA Football also showed seven squads in the rating’s Top 25.  Overall, the league leads the conference rankings by almost five rating points.  The GPI is an index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection.

-- Delaware is the third CAA Football team to occupy the No. 1 spot in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 this season.  William and Mary was the most recent team at No. 1, while Villanova held the spot for a total of four weeks this season.

-- Delaware leads the nation having only surrendered 100 points in 10 games (10.0 points/game).  James Madison is ranked fourth in the country with a mark of just 15.2 points allowed/game.  New Hampshire and Villanova’s defenses have limited opponents to 15.9 points/game and are both sixth in the nation, while William and Mary’s mark of 16.6 points allowed per game ranks eighth in the country.

--CAA Football’s league average of 19.9 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 22.6 points allowed/game.  Glancing at the league’s defensive trends (page 20 of the weekly release) going back to 2004, the conference’s current average in scoring defense of 19.9 points allowed/game is the lowest it has ever been.

-- Delaware is the fourth CAA Football squad to earn votes in the Associated Press (AP) poll (Nov. 7-14) in the last two seasons.  The Blue Hens also join JMU (Sept. 12-19) from this season in being only the second CAA Football team to earn votes in consecutive weeks.  Both Richmond and Villanova earned votes in single weeks last season.

2010 NCAA Division I Football Championships Preview Notes...
-- The 2010 NCAA Division I Football Championship Selection Show will air live Sunday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. (ET) on ESPNU.  Dari Nowkhah and Tom Luginbill will anchor the national announcement coverage and analyze the field of 20 in a 30-minute show.

-- Over the last two seasons CAA Football teams are 13-4 in NCAA Division I Championship games when not facing league opponents -- Appalachian State, Montana and Northern Iowa (twice).

-- Over the last seven seasons the league is 40-21 (.656) in playoff games, equalling only the Southern Conference’s mark of 21-11 (.656) in terms of winning percentage.

-- CAA Football teams are 37-18 (.673) in playoff games over the last seven years when not facing league foes -- the best non-conference playoff percentage by any of the automatic-bid conferences.

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Below is a comparison showing both National Polls released Nov. 15.

Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Ranking FCS Coaches Top 25
Delaware (116) No. 1 Delaware (26)
Appalachian State (28) No. 2 Appalachian State
Eastern Washington (8) No. 3 Eastern Washington (1)
Jacksonville State (2) No. 4 Jacksonville State
Stephen F. Austin No. 5 Stephen F. Austin (1)
William and Mary No. 6 William and Mary
Bethune-Cookman (4) No. 7 Wofford
Montana State (1) No. 8 Montana State
Wofford No. 9 Bethune-Cookman
Southeast Missouri State No. 10 Southeast Missouri State
Montana No. 11 South Carolina State
South Carolina State No. 12 Northern Iowa
Northern Iowa No. 13 New Hampshire
New Hampshire No. 14 Montana
Villanova No. 15 Villanova
Penn No. 16 Penn
North Dakota State No. 17 North Dakota State
Richmond No. 18 Liberty
Massachusetts No. 19 Massachusetts
Jacksonville No. 20 Richmond
Liberty No. 21 Jacksonville
Lehigh No. 22 Lehigh
Cal Poly No. 23 Cal Poly
Dayton No. 24 Grambling State
Grambling State No. 25 Dayton

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced the sixth weekly ECAC® Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll presented by FieldTurf Tarkett of the 2010 season.  Top-ranked Delaware unanimously took the No. 1 position after a 45-27 triumph over Massachusetts.  William & Mary dropped to second after a 30-24 loss to James Madison in the Lambert Meadowlands Poll.

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 Nov. 15.

Rank Team Record Points
No. 1 Delaware 9-1 200
No. 2 William and Mary 7-3 168
No. 3 Penn 8-1 158
No. 4 New Hampshire 6-4 136
No. 5 Villanova 6-4 108
No. 6 Lehigh 8-2 92
No. 7 Massachusetts 6-4 78
No. 8 Richmond 6-4 74
No. 9 James Madison 6-3 36
No. 10 Robert Morris 8-2 30
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