TOWSON RANKS 5th IN CAPITAL ONE CUP STANDINGS
Tigers Tied With Auburn, Maryland In Men’s Division I Standings
McLEAN, Va. – Thanks to a national runner-up finish by the Tigers’ football team, Towson University is ranked fifth among all Division I men’s teams in the NCAA® Division I competition for the Capital One Cup.
Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF), an official NCAA Corporate Champion, announced the fall standings for the Capital One Cup, awarded each year to the best men’s and women’s NCAA Division I athletics programs in the country.
Following its win over Auburn in the BCS National Championship game, Florida State shares the top spot on the men’s standings with North Dakota State and Notre Dame. North Dakota State won the FCS title with a 35-7 win over Towson. By winning the NCAA men’s soccer title, Notre Dame earned a share of the top spot with the Seminoles and the Bison.
With a win in the Rose Bowl, Michigan State earned 42 points and took over fourth place. Auburn, Maryland and Towson each has 36 points in a tie for fifth place.
As for the women, Penn State took charge of the standings after winning the NCAA volleyball championship and securing a top-10 finish in field hockey. The Nittany Lions have 62 points while UCLA is second with 60 points.
This is the highest standing that Towson has ever achieved in this competition. Winners of the Lambert/Meadowlands Award as the top FCS team in the East, the Tigers posted a 13-3 record, the best mark in school history. Seeded seventh in the NCAA FCS playoffs, Towson beat No. 9 Fordham, No. 2 Eastern Illinois and No. 3 Eastern Washington to advance to the national championship game.
Towson was one of only 11 NCAA football teams with at least 13 victories. Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Division III champion, had a 16-0 record while North Dakota State and Northwest Missouri State were 15-0. Northwest Missouri State won the Division II championship. Mount Union had a 14-2 record while Michigan State (13-1), Lenoir-Rhyne (13-2), West Chester (13-2), Mary Hardin-
Baylor (13-1) and North Central (13-1) all posted 13 victories.
Below are the official Capital One Cup standings for the 2013-2014 fall athletics season, with the top 10 point earners (including ties) in men’s and women’s athletics listed.
MEN’S CUP STANDINGS
- North Dakota State 60 points
4. Michigan State 42 points
5. Auburn 36 points
5. Maryland 36 points
5. Towson 36 points
8. Eastern Washington 30 points
8. Virginia 30 points
10. Eastern Illinois 24 points
10. New Mexico 24 points
10. South Carolina 24 points
WOMEN’S CUP STANDINGS
- Penn State 62 points
- UCLA 60 points
- Florida State 39 points
- Wisconsin 36 points
- Virginia 34 points
- Texas 30 points
- North Carolina 28 points
- Stanford 24 points
8. Washington 24 points
“Major upsets and emerging powerhouses have made this college football season exciting to watch as the race for the Capital One Cup has gotten off to a thrilling start,” said Capital One Cup Advisory Board member and college football analyst, Rece Davis. “Florida State, North Dakota State and Notre Dame have risen to the top and I’m looking forward to seeing what programs join the rankings and challenge them for the Cup.”
Schools earn points based on their teams’ top 10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in final official coaches’ polls across 20 women’s and 19 men’s sports as they compete to win the Capital One Cup trophy and a combined $400,000 in scholarships for student-athletes. The Capital One Cup winners will be determined at the end of the spring season and honored at the ESPY Awards in July. Last year, new winners emerged when UCLA won on the men’s side and North Carolina claimed the women’s Cup after the Stanford women and Florida men earned the Capital One Cup the previous two years. This is the fourth year of the Capital One Cup.
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