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UMass Football Ranked 18th, 20th In FCS Top 25s

Mike Mele made 11 tackles to help UMass beat William & Mary.


Mike Mele made 11 tackles to help UMass beat William & Mary.

Sept. 6, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Just days after topping No. 4 William & Mary, the UMass football team is back in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25, standing at No. 18 and No. 20 in the FCS Coaches Poll. The Minutemen are one of seven teams from the CAA in the Top 20: No. 2 Villanova, No. 6 New Hampshire, No. 7 Richmond, No. 11 William & Mary, No. 12 James Madison, No. 16 Delaware and No. 18 UMass in TSN poll. This week's opponent, Holy Cross is tied at No. 25 with Colgate.

UMass is back in the Top 25 for the first time since being No. 19 on Oct. 26, 2009.

UMass has now been ranked for 63 of the last 67 weeks dating to 2005. UMass was not ranked the final three weeks of the regular-season in 2009 and the last regular-season week of 2008.

Here's the complete release from The Sports Network.

The move was only one spot, but it was a big one for the University of Montana football team as the Grizzlies advanced to No. 1 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 on Monday.

Montana was selected second in the preseason poll, but moved to No. 1 following its 73-2, season-opening rout of Western State and preseason No. 1 Villanova's 31-24 loss to FBS opponent Temple.

Villanova, the defending FCS national champion, didn't fall far as it was voted second in this week's poll by a panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. Montana had 57 of the 126 first-place votes and 3,052 points, while Villanova collected 46 first-place votes and 2,886 points.

Montana opened its season by tying an NCAA record with four interception returns for touchdowns against Western State. The Big Sky Conference power has finished as the national runner-up in each of the past two seasons, including a 23-21 loss to Villanova last December, and has a new head coach in Robin Pflugrad.

Appalachian State remained at No. 3, and Southern Illinois moved up one spot to No. 4. The biggest mover in the Top 25 was Jacksonville State, which rose 12 spots to No. 5 following its 49-48, double-overtime win at Ole Miss. Coach Jack Crowe's Gamecocks received nine first-place votes for their victory over an FBS program.

 

 

The rest of the Top 10 was New Hampshire at No. 6, followed by Richmond, Elon, South Dakota State and Stephen F. Austin.

In an opening week in which many FCS programs took on FBS programs, William & Mary was the only team in the Preseason Top 25 to fall to a fellow FCS program, a 27-23 loss to CAA Football rival Massachusetts. William & Mary, a national semifinalist last year, fell seven spots to No. 11. Massachusetts broke into the poll at No. 18.

James Madison was No. 12, followed by McNeese State, Northern Iowa, South Carolina State, Delaware, Eastern Washington, Massachusetts, Liberty and Weber State.

North Dakota State joined UMass as the other new entry into the Top 25, grabbing No. 21 after its 6-3 win at University of Kansas. The Bison were followed in the Top 25 by Prairie View A&M at No. 22, then Eastern Illinois, Montana State and Colgate.

The two teams that fell out of the Top 25 received the next-highest vote totals - Holy Cross, which won its opener, and Penn, which was idle.

The Top 25 will be released every Monday afternoon during the regular season, apart from the final weekend when it will be released on Sunday, Nov. 21, due to its use as an official tool by the NCAA Division I Football Committee in selecting the 20-team playoff field.

The Sports Network and Fathead.com will release a final Top 25 following the FCS championship game, which will be held Jan. 7 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

The night before the FCS championship game, The Sports Network will present the Walter Payton (outstanding FCS player) Buck Buchanan (outstanding FCS defensive player) and Eddie Robinson (outstanding FCS coach) awards, which are sponsored by Fathead.

The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top-25 College Football Poll

Team (First-place votes)RecordPointsPrevious Rank
1. Montana Grizzlies (57) 1-0 3,052 2
2. Villanova Wildcats (46) 0-1 2,886 1
3. Appalachian State Mountaineers (8) 1-0 2,774 3
4. Southern Illinois Salukis (3) 1-0 2,716 5
5. Jacksonville State Gamecocks (9) 1-0 2,337 17
6. New Hampshire Wildcats (2) 1-0 2,202 10
7. Richmond Spiders 0-1 2,093 6
8. Elon Phoenix 0-1 2,080 7
9. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 0-0 1,926 9
10. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 0-1 1,729 8
11. William & Mary Tribe (1) 0-1 1,691 4
12. James Madison Dukes 1-0 1,585 15
13. McNeese State Cowboys 1-0 1,531 12
14. Northern Iowa Panthers 0-0 1,298 14
15. South Carolina State Bulldogs 0-1 1,275 11
16. Delaware Blue Hens 1-0 1,249 16
17. Eastern Washington Eagles 0-1 1,144 13
18. Massachusetts Minutemen 1-0 955 NR
19. Liberty Flames 1-0 771 21
20. Weber State Wildcats 0-1 686 19
21. North Dakota State Bison 1-0 635 NR
22. Prairie View A&M Panthers 1-0 631 20
23. Eastern Illinois Panthers 0-1 606 18
24. Montana State Bobcats 1-0 566 24
25. Colgate Raiders 1-0 439 22
Others receiving votes: Holy Cross 439, Penn 358, Northern Arizona 184, Illinois State 158, Chattanooga 130, Cal Poly 106, Wofford 100, Furman 98, Missouri State 60, Harvard 56, Florida A&M 55, Southeastern Louisiana 55, Georgia Southern 54, Jackson State 37, Lehigh 22, Lafayette 21, Texas State 16, Hampton 14, Albany 14, Western Illinois 13, Samford 13, South Dakota 11, Stony Brook 8, Central Arkansas 8, Jacksonville 8, Southern Utah 7, Norfolk State 7, UC Davis 5, Eastern Kentucky 5, Butler 4, Dayton 4, Indiana State 3, Lamar 3, Youngstown State 3, Monmouth 2, The Citadel 2, Brown 2.

Here's the story from the FCS Coaches.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - It only took Montana one week into the 2010 season to claim the No. 1 ranking in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll. The Grizzlies received 16 first-place votes and 662 points overall. Montana spent three weeks last season atop the poll.

Montana is coming off a 73-2 victory over Western State, in which the Grizzlies defense held their opponent to under 100 total yards of offense and tied an NCAA record with four interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Southern Illinois jumped three spots to claim second in the poll after a 70-7 victory over Quincy last week. The Salukis received 598 total points to finish ahead of Appalachian State with 585 points and a first-place vote.

The preseason No. 1 Villanova Wildcats fell to fourth in the polls after losing 31-24 to cross-town rival Temple. The Wildcats received eight first-place votes and 579 points overall. New Hampshire finished fifth in the voting to round out the top-five.

The biggest jump in the rankings was made by Jacksonville State, as they received two first-place votes and moved 11 spots to No. 6. The Gamecocks pulled off the biggest upset in the first week of football with a 49-48 double-overtime thriller against Ole Miss. Jacksonville State outscored the Rebels 21-3 in the fourth quarter to force the overtime, and the Gamecocks opted for the two-point conversion in the second overtime to capture the win. It was the first time the Gamecocks have defeated a Football Bowl Subdivision since they beat Arkansas State in 2001. The 21-point comeback was also the largest come-from-behind victory for Jacksonville State in school history.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Richmond, Elon, South Dakota State and McNeese State.

New to the poll this week are Massachusetts (No. 20) and North Dakota State (No. 21). Prairie View A&M, Cal-Poly and Holy Cross all fell out of the rankings.

Nine conferences are represented in the poll. The Colonial Athletic Association leads the way with seven teams, followed by the Big Sky with five ranked teams. The Missouri Valley has four teams in the Top 25, and the Southern, Southland and Ohio Valley Conferences each have two representatives. The Mid-Eastern Atlantic and Big South Conferences, along with the Patriot League, have one team in this week's poll.

FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.

2010 FCS Coaches Week 1 Poll (September 6, 2010)

Team (No. 1 Votes)                            Record               Points                      Last Week
  1.      Montana  (16)                            1-0                     662                               2
  2.      Southern Illinois                         1-0                     598                               5
  3.      Appalachian State  (1)               1-0                     585                               3

4. Villanova (8) 0-1 579 1

5. New Hampshire 1-0 518 9

6. Jacksonville State (2) 1-0 516 17

7. Richmond 0-1 478 6

8. Elon 0-1 443 7

9. South Dakota State 0-0 426 10

10. McNeese State 1-0 378 11

11. James Madison 1-0 357 15

12. Stephen F. Austin 0-1 353 8

13. Northern Iowa 0-0 336 13

14. William & Mary 0-1 285 4

15. Eastern Washington 0-1 273 14

16. South Carolina State 0-1 264 12

17. Delaware 1-0 234 19

18. Liberty 1-0 216 20

19. Weber State 0-1 184 18

20. Massachusetts 1-0 163 NR

21. North Dakota State 1-0 138 NR

22. Eastern Illinois 0-1 134 16

23. Montana State 1-0 115 24

24. Northern Arizona 1-0 107 23

25. Colgate 1-0 81 22

Others receiving votes (points in parentheses): Prairie View A&M (79), Holy Cross (67), Cal-Poly (47), Illinois State (28), Penn (23), Missouri State (17), Georgia Southern (12), Harvard (11), Albany (9), Furman (9), Texas State (8), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6), Bethune-Cookman (5), Southern Utah (5), Tennessee State (5), Southeastern Louisiana (4), Alabama State (3), Florida A&M (3), Gardner-Webb (3), Austin Peay (2), Dayton (2), Bucknell (1), Butler (1), UC Davis (1), Youngstown State (1)

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