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SEVEN CAA FOOTBALL SQUADS RANKED FOR NINTH-STRAIGHT WEEK

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          Release: 11/02/2010
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RICHMOND, Va. (November 2, 2010) -- CAA Football extended its streak to nine-straight weeks with seven ranked teams Monday.  No FCS league other than CAA Football has had more than six teams ranked in either poll on a single week dating back to 2007.  Below are some notes on CAA Football among both the nation’s Top 25 polls as well as other news and notes from around the league.

CAA Football’s hold on four spots in the Sports Network/Fathead.com Top-10 continued thanks to only a handful of league games this past weekend.  Villanova used win at home over Richmond to jump two spots to No. 3, overtaking William and Mary.  The Tribe, despite leading at North Carolina through three quarters, fell a spot to No. 4 in this week’s poll.  Delaware move up a spot to No. 5, while New Hampshire improved two spots to No. 8 following open weeks.  Massachusetts’ win on the road over James Madison helped it jump three places to No. 15, while both Richmond and JMU dropped following losses.  The Spiders enter this week at No. 20, while the Dukes are ranked 22nd.

The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Notes...
-- Villanova has been part of the poll’s Top 10 for 33-straight weeks...Only Appalachian State has a longer streak at 72-straight weeks.

-- CAA Football makes up four of the Top 10 for the third-straight week and fourth 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 nine-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 79-straight weeks.

Villanova improved two spots to No. 3 in the FCS Coaches poll thanks to a 28-7 win at home over Richmond.  Delaware, following an open week, moved up two spots to No. 4, and William and Mary fell a spot to No. 5 after its narrow loss at North Carolina.  New Hampshire advanced one spot to No. 8 after its open week, while UMass jumped three spots to No. 15 with its road-win at JMU.  Richmond, which stumbled Saturday at Villanova, fell to No. 22 and James Madison dropped eight spots to No. 23 after its loss to Massachusetts at home.

FCS Coaches Top 25 Notes...
-- For the third-straight week and fifth 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 nine-straight weeks -- seven 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 seven and seven of the Top 25 in the Nov. 2 release of The College Sporting News’ Gridiron Power Index.  Villanova moved up to No. 2 with its win over the weekend, while Delaware fell to No. 3 following its open week.  William and Mary remained at No. 5, while New Hampshire moved up a spot to No. 7 this week.  Massachusetts used a road-win at James Madison to leap seven spots to No. 12, while the Dukes fell four places to No. 17.  Richmond, which lost to Villanova, moved up to No. 22 despite its loss.  Overall, CAA Football leads the conference rankings by almost six 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.

-- According to the NCAA’s Toughest Schedule breakdown, all 10 of the league’s schedules are at No. 28 or tougher (out of 117 teams).  Villanova’s cumulative opposition record (past opponent records combined with future opponent records) gives it the toughest schedule in the country following the Oct. 30 weekend.  No team from the league has a cumulative opposition mark below .500, while Maine is the only squad with a future opposition mark below .500.

-- Delaware leads the nation having only surrendered 73 points in eight games (9.1 points/game).  Villanova is third in the country with a mark of just 13.9 points allowed/game.  James Madison’s defense has limited opponents to 14.4 points/game and ranks fourth in the nation.  New Hampshire has allowed an average of just 15.2 points a game, while William and Mary’s mark of 16.6 points allowed per game is not far behind.  The Wildcats’ and Tribe defenses rank sixth and ninth 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 22.7 points allowed/game.  In all of major college football, only the Big East’s average scoring defense is better than CAA Football’s -- 19.0 points/game (62 contests).

-- New Hampshire’s Matt Evans leads the league and ranks ninth in the country with an average of 11.6 tackles per game.

-- 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.

-- New Hampshire’s R.J. Toman needs 782 yards of total offense to place his name among the league’s career Top 10 list in the category.

-- Richmond’s Justin Rogers is the league’s all-time career leader in kickoff returns with 106 in four seasons.  The senior needs just four kickoff return yards to become the league’s all-time career leader in the category.

-- William and Mary’s Jonathan Grimes is 404 all-purpose yards away from ranking in CAA Football’s career Top-10 list for the category.

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Below is a comparison showing both National Polls released Nov. 1.

Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Ranking FCS Coaches Top 25
Appalachian State (134) No. 1 Appalachian State (27)
Jacksonville State (16) No. 2 Jacksonville State (1)
Villanova (1) No. 3 Villanova
William and Mary (3) No. 4 Delaware
Delaware No. 5 William and Mary
Eastern Washington No. 6 Eastern Washington
Wofford (1) No. 7 Wofford
New Hampshire No. 8 New Hampshire
Southeast Missouri State No. 9 Stephen F. Austin
Stephen F. Austin No. 10 Southeast Missouri State
Bethune-Cookman No. 11 Montana State
Montana State No. 12 Liberty
Montana No. 13 Bethune-Cookman
Liberty No. 14 South Carolina State
Massachusetts No. 15 Massachusetts
South Carolina State No. 16 Montana
Northern Iowa No. 17 Northern Iowa
Penn No. 18 Cal Poly
Cal Poly No. 19 Penn
Richmond No. 20 North Dakota State
Grambling State No. 21 Western Illinois
James Madison No. 22 Richmond
Jacksonville No. 23 James Madison
Western Illinois No. 24 Grambling State
North Dakota State No. 25 Jacksonville

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced the fourth weekly ECAC® Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll presented by FieldTurf Tarkett of the 2010 season.  William and Mary (6-2), which held a 17-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter at North Carolina this past weekend before falling to the Tar Heels, remains at the No. 1 spot.   CAA Football’s Delaware and Villanova occupy the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.

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. 1.

Rank Team Record Points
No. 1 William and Mary 6-2 198
No. 2 Delaware 7-1 176
No. 3 Villanova 6-2 164
No. 4 New Hampshire 5-3 140
No. 5 Penn 6-1 116
No. 6 Massachusetts 5-3 84
No. 7 Robert Morris 7-1 78
No. 8 Lehigh 6-2 52
No. 9 Richmond 4-4 42
No. 10 James Madison 4-4 32
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