RICHMOND, Va. (September 22, 2010) -- CAA Football flexed its muscles this week in the FCS Top 25 rankings by placing five squads in the Top 10 of The Sports Network/Fathead.com poll and six in the FCS Coaches Poll Top 10. The league showed seven among both polls and didn’t have a team lower than No. 18 in either. CAA Football’s staying power was also displayed by continuing what is now a three-week string of seven ranked teams in both polls. 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 picked up its first conference win of the season and remained at No. 1 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25. No. 3 James Madison will get back to action this weekend after an off week. Richmond moved up four spots with an overtime-win over then-No. 7 Elon. Delaware, which travels to face Richmond this weekend, also moved up four spots to No. 7 in the rankings. William and Mary, which spent the last two weeks outside of the Top 10, used a win at Old Dominion to jump four spots to No. 8 this week. Massachusetts, which battled Michigan to a five-point loss, advanced five spot to No. 11, while New Hampshire fell to No. 16 following a league-opening loss at unranked Rhode Island. The Rams, which pulled off the upset of then-No. 8 New Hampshire, garnered 67 votes in this week’s poll.
The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Notes...
-- Richmond (38-straight) and Villanova (27-straight) have been part of the poll’s Top 10 for more than 25-straight weeks.
-- CAA Football makes up five of the Top 10, up one from last week’s Top-10 count and two from the Sept. 6 edition.
-- The league has a three-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 73-straight weeks.
Villanova (No. 2) and James Madison (No. 3) didn’t move in this week’s FCS Coaches poll, but a Top 10 shift was felt thanks to other CAA Football success. Richmond jumped to No. 5, while Delaware moved up six spots to No. 6. William and Mary made a five-spot jump and Massachusetts was one of the poll’s biggest positive movers coming in at No. 9. New Hampshire fell 10 spots into a tie for No. 18 after its loss to Rhody.
FCS Coaches Top 25 Notes...
-- Six CAA Football squads are among the Top 10 this week setting a record for the most teams one conference has ever placed among the poll’s Top 10. CAA Football held the previous mark of five among the Top 10, most recently Sept. 28, 2009.
-- The league’s three-week string of seven ranked squads is a poll first. CAA Football is the only league to ever have seven teams ranked in a single week, and that has now happened in three-straight weeks -- one week better than the league’s previous best streak -- 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:
-- Delaware’s Andrew Pierce, who earned CAA Football’s Player and Rookie of the Week honors Monday morning, was named The Sports Network/Fathead.com Freshman of the Week for his 200-yard rushing performance in Delaware’s 30-6 win over Duquesne last weekend. The Bridgeton, N.J., native carried the ball 16 times and scored twice in Saturday’s win. His 200-yard game marks the third-straight week he has gone over the 100-yard rushing mark in a contest, equalling Omar Cuff’s feat from 2007 of three-straight 100-yard rushing games in a single season.
-- The league has seven ranked squads in each of the national polls. No league other than CAA Football has had more than six teams ranked in either poll on a single week dating back to 2007.
-- The Massachusetts defense held its own against Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson at The Big House Sept. 18. The Minutemen held “Shoelace” to season lows in rushing yards, pass completions and total offense. UMass also handed the Heisman frontrunner his first interception of the season.
-- Rhode Island’s 28-25 upset-win over then-No. 8 New Hampshire, Sept. 18, gave the Rams a 1-0 league mark for the first time since 2005.
-- Towson’s five-overtime win, 47-45, over Coastal Carolina Sept. 11 was one OT shy of equalling the longest FCS game in NCAA history in terms of overtime periods. It was Towson’s first overtime game since 2002.
-- Delaware’s Andrew Pierce is the first CAA Football player (since 2007) to earn weekly league honors in three-straight weeks.
-- James Madison is the third CAA Football squad to earn votes in the Associated Press (AP) poll in the last two seasons. The Dukes are also just the second FCS school in AP Top 25 history to receive votes in two consecutive polls.
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Below is a comparison showing both National Polls released Sept. 20.
|Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25||Ranking||FCS Coaches Top 25|
|Villanova (87)||No. 1||Appalachian State (17)|
|Appalachian State (22)||No. 2||Villanova (6)|
|James Madison (25)||No. 3||James Madison (3)|
|Jacksonville State (5)||No. 4||Jacksonville State (1)|
|Stephen F. Austin||No. 6||Delaware|
|Delaware||No. 7||Stephen F. Austin (1)|
|William and Mary||No. 8||William and Mary|
|Eastern Washington||No. 9||Massachusetts|
|Elon||No. 10||Eastern Washington|
|South Carolina State||No. 12||South Carolina State|
|Southern Illinois||No. 13||Southern Illinois|
|Northern Iowa||No. 15||Northern Iowa|
|New Hampshire||No. 16||Montana State|
|Montana State||No. 17||McNeese State|
|North Dakota State||No. 18||New Hampshire|
|McNeese State||No. 19||North Dakota State|
|Cal Poly||No. 20||South Dakota|
|South Dakota||No. 21||Liberty|
|Liberty||No. 22||Cal Poly|
|Furman||No. 23||Texas State|
|Penn||No. 24||Georgia Southern|
|Central Arkansas||No. 25||Illinois State|