CAA FOOTBALL OCCUPIES TOP TWO SPOTS IN EACH POLL FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON
RICHMOND, Va. (November 10, 2010) -- One of CAA Football’s seven ranked teams from a week ago may have fallen out of the Top-25 polls, but the league regained the Top 2 spots in each poll for the first time since Oct. 5, 2009. William and Mary garnered its first-ever No. 1 ranking in the Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25, while Delaware captured the top spot in the FCS Coaches Poll. UMass’ Tyler Holmes also earned national recognition after his defensive efforts in the Minutemen’s win over Maine last weekend. 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 holds the Top 2 spots in the Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 for the first time since Oct. 5, 2009. William and Mary, after a win at New Hampshire, jumped to No. 1. Delaware moved three spots to No. 2 with its shutout win over Towson. Villanova fell on the road at Rhode Island and dropped six spots to No. 9, while Massachusetts jumped to No. 14 following its win over Maine. New Hampshire fell to No. 17 following its loss to William and Mary and Richmond fell one spot to No. 21 despite a win over James Madison. The Dukes fell out of the rankings for the first time in 10 weeks following its loss, but still received 103 points in the polling. Rhode Island, which upset Villanova Saturday, also garnered votes along with James Madison this week.
The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Notes...
-- CAA Football holds both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, William and Mary and Delaware, in the poll for the first time since Oct. 5, 2009. Richmond and Villanova, respectively, held the positions for four-straight weeks last season.
-- Villanova has been part of the poll’s Top 10 for 34-straight weeks...Only Appalachian State has a longer streak at 73-straight weeks.
-- CAA Football makes up three of the Top 10 for the second time this season (Sept. 6). The league 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 this week. Only six of the league’s 10 teams were part of the Top 25 this week.
-- 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 80-straight weeks.
The league occupies the Top 2 spots in the FCS Coaches Poll for the first time in 2010. Delaware garnered 19 first-place votes to jump three spots to No. 1, while William and Mary moved into the No. 2 spot with its win at New Hampshire and seven first-place votes. Villanova fell to No. 9 after its road-loss at Rhode Island, while UMass jumped two spots to No. 13 with its win over Maine. New Hampshire fell to No. 15 after a loss at home to William and Mary, while Richmond fell one spot to No. 23 despite a win at home over James Madison. The Dukes fell out of the Top 25, but still received eight points in the polling.
FCS Coaches Top 25 Notes...
-- For the first time since Oct. 5, 2009, CAA Football occupies the Top-2 spots in the poll as Delaware and William and Mary are No. 1 and 2, respectively. Last season Richmond and Villanova respectively occupied No. 1 and 2 for four-straight weeks.
-- For the second time this season three CAA Football squads are among the Top 10 (Sept. 6).
-- Only six league squads are ranked this week, ending its streak of nine-straight weeks with seven ranked teams. 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...
-- Massachusetts linebacker Tyler Holmes garnered his third CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honor Monday thanks to two interception returns for touchdowns in the Minutemen’s 39-24 win over Maine at home. Later in the week Holmes also logged National All-Star recognition from The College Sporting News and National Defensive Player of the Week honors from The Sports Network. The junior became the third player in league history to record two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the same game, and the first since Towson’s Allante Harrison did it against Elon in 2004 (Maine’s Bill Curry vs. Liberty, 10/10/1992). Not only was Holmes’s interception feat a league record, but he was also the first player in major college football this season to turn in such an effort. Only 22 other FCS-level players have hauled in two interceptions and took them back for six in the same game, the last being Southeast Missouri State’s Kellin White in 2004.
-- Three teams from CAA Football have been ranked No. 1 in either of the two major national polls. Villanova was top-ranked in both polls earlier this year, while both William and Mary and Delaware are ranked No. 1 this week.
-- Delaware leads the nation having only surrendered 73 points in nine games (8.1 points/game). James Madison and Villanova each rank third in the country with a mark of just 14.2 points allowed/game. New Hampshire’s defense has limited opponents to 15.0 points/game and ranks sixth in the nation, while William and Mary’s mark of 15.1 points allowed per game is not far behind -- seventh in the country.
-- CAA Football’s league average of 19.4 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. Glancing at the league’s defensive trends (page 15 of the weekly release) going back to 2004, the conference’s current average in scoring defense of 19.4 points allowed/game is the lowest it has ever been. The current average of yards allowed is also at an all-time best -- 321.1 yards/game, nearly three yards better than the previous low mark of 324 yards/game last season.
-- New Hampshire’s Matt Evans leads the league and ranks third in the country with an average of 12.6 tackles per game.
-- New Hampshire’s Dino Vasso has five interceptions this season in nine 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 536 yards of total offense to place his name among the league’s career Top 10 list in the category.
-- Richmond’s Justin Rogers logged three kickoff returns for 56 yards in the Spiders’ overtime win against James Madison helping him takeover the league’s all-time career record for kickoff return yards (2,486).
-- William and Mary’s Jonathan Grimes is 290 all-purpose yards away from ranking in CAA Football’s career Top-10 list for the category.
-- Delaware is the fourth CAA Football squad to earn votes in the Associated Press (AP) poll (Nov. 7) in the last two seasons. The Blue Hens join JMU this from this season, and both Richmond and Villanova from last season.
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Below is a comparison showing both National Polls released Nov. 8.
|Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25||Ranking||FCS Coaches Top 25|
|William and Mary (105)||No. 1||Delaware (19)|
|Delaware (31)||No. 2||William and Mary (7)|
|Appalachian State (10)||No. 3||Appalachian State|
|Wofford (5)||No. 4||Wofford (2)|
|Eastern Washington (4)||No. 5||Eastern Washington|
|Jacksonville State (1)||No. 6||Jacksonville State|
|Southeast Missouri State (1)||No. 7||Stephen F. Austin|
|Stephen F. Austin||No. 8||Southeast Missouri State|
|Villanova (1)||No. 9||Villanova|
|Bethune-Cookman (3)||No. 10||Montana State|
|Montana State (1)||No. 11||Liberty|
|Massachusetts||No. 14||South Carolina State|
|South Carolina State||No. 15||New Hampshire|
|Northern Iowa||No. 16||Northern Iowa|
|New Hampshire||No. 17||Montana|
|Penn||No. 18||Cal Poly|
|Cal Poly||No. 19||Penn|
|Grambling State||No. 20||North Dakota State|
|Richmond||No. 21||Western Illinois|
|Jacksonville||No. 22||Grambling State|
|Western Illinois||No. 23||Richmond|
|North Dakota State||No. 24||Jacksonville|
|Robert Morris||No. 25||Robert Morris|
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has announced the fifth weekly ECAC® Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll presented by FieldTurf Tarkett of the 2010 season. William & Mary, ranked No. 1 in the country, remains in the top spot with Delaware, second in the country, second in the Lambert Meadowlands Poll as well.
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. 8.
|No. 1||William and Mary||7-2||198|
|No. 6||Robert Morris||8-1||94|
|No. 7||New Hampshire||5-4||90|