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Towson up to number three in FCS media rankings

Posted on 23 September 2013 by WNST Staff

UNBEATEN TIGERS MOVE UP TO 3rd IN FCS RANKINGS

Tigers Attain Highest FCS Ranking Ever

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  Off to its best start since 1986, the undefeated Towson University football team moved up to third place in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

Towson had been ranked fourth in the nation the last two weeks. The Tigers started the year as the 11th-ranked team in FCS. They moved up to fifth after a season-opening victory over Connecticut.

This is the highest national ranking at the FCS level that the Tigers have ever received.

Towson was ranked fourth behind Montana State last week. However, when Montana State lost to Stephen F. Austin, the Tigers moved ahead of the Bobcats.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (3-0) received 157 of a possible 158 first place votes to remain first in the nation. Eastern Washington (2-1) got the other first place vote and is ranked second.

The Tigers, who have won their last eight games, own the second-longest winning streak in FCS football. North Dakota State has a 12-game winning streak.

Towson is one of five Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. New Hampshire (1-1) is ranked 10th while James Madison (3-1) moved up to 14th in the nation. Villanova (1-2) is ranked 19th while Richmond (2-2) is the 22nd-ranked team in the nation.

Stony Brook (1-2) dropped out of the national rankings but is listed among other receiving votes. Maine (3-1), William & Mary (3-1) and Delaware (3-1) are also listed among others receiving votes.

The Tigers will be seeking their ninth consecutive victory when they open their CAA schedule with a game at Stony Brook on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (157)                                 3-0                3,949                   1

2.      Eastern Washington (1)                                    2-1                 3,669                   2

3.      Towson University                                          4-0                3,580                  4

4.      Sam Houston State                                         3-1                 3,415                   5

5.      Northern Iowa                                                3-0                3,258                  7

6.      South Dakota State                                         3-1                 2,884                  6

7.      Montana                                                         3-0                2,802                  9

8.      Eastern Illinois                                               3-1                 2,622                  8

9.      McNeese State                                               4-0                2,529                  12

10.     New Hampshire                                              1-1                  2,428                  11

11.      Montana State                                                2-2                2,366                   3

12.     Coastal Carolina                                             4-0                1,809                   15

13.     Central Arkansas                                            2-2                1,681                    13

14.     James Madison                                               3-1                 1,578                   17

15.     Georgia Southern                                            2-1                 1,531                    14

16.     Fordham                                                        4-0                1,312                    21

17.     Wofford                                                          2-2                1,307                    10

18.     Cal Poly                                                         1-2                 1,124                    18

19.     Villanova                                                       1-2                 966                     20

20.    Bethune-Cookman                                          3-1                 876                     19

21.     Lehigh                                                           3-0                821                     22

22.    Richmond                                                       2-2                673                     23

23.    Tennessee-Martin                                           2-1                 596                     24

24.    Northern Arizona                                            2-1                 556                    25

25.    Gardner-Webb                                                 3-1                 483                    NR

Others receiving votes:  Youngstown State 452, Stony Brook 329, Maine 271, Illinois State 260, William & Mary 235, Jacksonville State 193, Delaware 162, Southern Utah 154, North Carolina A&T 99, Chattanooga 89, Stephen F. Austin 53, Samford 37, Southeastern Louisiana 34, Eastern Kentucky 32, South Carolina State 30, Harvard 25, Tennessee State 17, Penn 13, Charleston Southern 12, Southern Illinois 7, Western Illinois 6, Northwestern State 6, Jackson State 5, Indiana State 4, Portland State 4, Appalachian State 2, Liberty 2, Sacred Heart 1, Alcorn State 1.

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