RICHMOND, Va. (September 13, 2010) -- After a winning weekend in week two of the college football season for CAA Football, seven league teams find themselves among the Top 16 teams in the country. James Madison, off its epic upset at BCS-favorite Virginia Tech, jumped as many as nine spots to enter this weekend at No. 3 in both polls. A loss by previous No. 1 Montana on the road last weekend, allowed Villanova to regain its spot at No. 1 in one poll and upped the Wildcats to No. 2 in another. 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, which toppled Lehigh in week two, regained the No. 1 ranking in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 moving up just one spot from last week. James Madison leap-frogged nine spots from No. 12 to No. 3 with its upset at Virginia Tech, 21-16, last Saturday. The Dukes even garnered 30 first-place votes in the pole, five more than current No. 2 Appalachian State. New Hampshire fell two spots to No. 8 following a loss at Pittsburgh, its first to a BCS/FBS foe in six years (2003 at Central Michigan). Richmond, which hosts No. 7 Elon at the new Robins Stadium this weekend, fell two spots following a bye week to No. 9. Delaware used a win over previously-ranked No. 9 South Dakota State to move up five spots to No. 11. William and Mary, even after a shutout-win over VMI, fell one spot to No. 12. Massachusetts rounds out the seven ranked CAA Football squads at No. 16, up two spots after beating Holy Cross. Maine, which picked up its first win of the season, recorded one point in the polling process.
The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Notes...
-- Three of the league’s squads in the Top 10 extended individual program streaks as Richmond has now been ranked 10th-or-better 37-straight weeks. Villanova has not fallen out of the Top 10 in 26-straight weeks and New Hampshire has been among the Top 10 five-straight weeks.
-- CAA Football makes up four of the Top 10, while only the Southern (Appalachian State and Elon) boasts multiple teams in the Top 10.
-- CAA Football now has a two-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 72-straight weeks.
Villanova moved up one spot to No. 2 in the FCS Coaches poll after a shutout-win at Lehigh. James Madison moved from No. 11 to No. 3 in the poll with a 21-16 upset of Virginia Tech. New Hampshire, which lost its first game against a BCS/FBS opponent in six years, fell from No. 6 to No. 8 in this week’s rankings. Richmond dropped to No. 9 after an off week, while Delaware jumped five spots to No. 12 after topping then-No. 9 South Dakota State last weekend. Massachusetts, which will face Michigan this weekend at The Big House, moved up five spots to No. 15 after beating Holy Cross.
FCS Coaches Top 25 Notes...
-- CAA Football makes up four of the Top 10, while both the Southern (Appalachian State and Elon) and Missouri Valley (Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa) Conferences are the only other league’s with multiple Top-10 teams.
-- The league has had four Top-10 teams in 18 of the last 19 poll editions dating back to Nov. 23, 2008.
-- CAA Football has now had two-straight weeks with seven squads represented in the FCS Coaches poll. The last time the league had seven ranked in consecutive weeks of the Coaches poll was Sept. 7-14, 2009 (2 weeks).
-- 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:
-- Three CAA Football student-athletes picked up additional weekly honors following standout performances last weekend. Delaware’s Andrew Pierce was named The Sports Network/Fathead.com National Rookie of the Week after a 165 yard rushing performance against then-No. 9 South Dakota State. James Madison, which became the second FCS program ever to beat a ranked BCS/FBS foe last weekend, had two individuals earn weekly awards. Dukes’ quarterback Drew Dudzik was named the ECAC Division I FCS Offensive Player of the Week. JMU linebacker Stephon Robertson, who came up with a game-clinching forced fumble late in the fourth quarter against Virginia Tech, earned the league’s second-straight College Sporting News National All-Star honor.
-- Richmond’s senior kick returner Justin Rogers is the league’s all-time kickoff return leader and needs just 258 kick return yards to be the league’s all-time career kickoff return yards leader.
-- Villanova’s Matt Szczur is 609 all-purpose yards away from moving into the league’s career all-purpose yardage Top-10 list.
-- James Madison’s epic upset of Virginia Tech last weekend made headlines all over the sports world. The Dukes earned 11 points in the Associated Press (AP) Top 25, marking the third CAA Football squad to do so in two seasons. The JMU win gave CAA Football its 10th win over a BCS/FBS program in five years, its fifth win over a BCS/FBS opponent in two seasons and pushed the league’s mark to 3-3 against the Atlantic Coast Conference in the last two seasons.
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Below is a comparison showing both National Polls released Sept. 13.
|Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25||Ranking||FCS Coaches Top 25|
|Villanova (74)||No. 1||Appalachian State (11)|
|Appalachian State (25)||No. 2||Villanova (8)|
|James Madison (30)||No. 3||James Madison (5)|
|Jacksonville State (9)||No. 4||Jacksonville State (2)|
|Southern Illinois||No. 5||Southern Illinois (1)|
|New Hampshire||No. 8||New Hampshire|
|Stephen F. Austin||No. 10||Northern Iowa (1)|
|Delaware||No. 11||Stephen F. Austin|
|William and Mary||No. 12||Delaware|
|Northern Iowa||No. 13||William and Mary|
|South Carolina State||No. 14||Liberty|
|Massachusetts||No. 16||Eastern Washington|
|Cal Poly||No. 17||South Carolina State|
|Eastern Washington||No. 18||Cal Poly|
|McNeese State||No. 19||McNeese State|
|South Dakota State||No. 20||Weber State|
|Weber State||No. 21||South Dakota State|
|Montana State||No. 22||Montana State|
|North Dakota State||No. 23||North Dakota State|
|Furman||No. 24||South Dakota|
|South Dakota||No. 25||Furman|