Towson ranked eighth in FCS media poll

October 22, 2013 | WNST Staff

TIGERS RANKED EIGHTH IN NCAA FCS THIS WEEK

Tigers Remain In Top 10 For Eighth Straight Week

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  Coming off a 44-17 victory over Albany on Saturday, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team is ranked eighth in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers have been ranked in the NCAA FCS Top 10 for the last eight weeks.

The Tigers, who were ranked third in the nation until a 45-35 loss to No. 15 Villanova two weeks ago, bounced back with a convincing 44-17 victory over Albany. For the Tigers, who have won 11 of their last 12 games, it was their eighth consecutive win on the road dating back to the 2012 season.

Despite the win over Albany, the Tigers dropped one spot from seventh to eighth. A 31-23 upset win by No. 9 McNeese State over No. 2 Sam Houston State caused the shakeup in the Top 10. Sam Houston State fell to seventh in FCS while McNeese State moved up to fourth. Fordham also fell from eighth to ninth due to the win by McNeese State.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (7-0) is ranked number one again this week while Eastern Illinois (6-1) moved into the number two spot. Eastern Washington (5-2) is now ranked third, ahead of No. 4 McNeese State (6-1).  Montana State (5-2) is ranked fifth, just ahead of Coastal Carolina (7-0). Coastal held on to its number six ranking with a 55-52 victory over Liberty in double overtime. Sam Houston State (5-2) fell to seventh while No. 8 Towson (7-1), No. 9 Fordham (8-0) and No. 10 Montana (6-1) round out the Top 10.

Towson is one of five Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. Maine (6-1) is ranked 11thafter the Black Bears’ 34-20 win over William & Mary. Villanova (4-3) fell to 18th in the nation after dropping a 29-28 decision to No. 20 New Hampshire (3-3). James Madison (5-2) did not play last week but the Dukes moved up to 19th.

The Tigers will travel to Richmond on Saturday to face the Spiders in a 12 noon game.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (156)                                 7-0                3,900                   1

2.      Eastern Illinois                                               6-1                 3,620                   3

3.      Eastern Washington                                        5-2                3,397                   4

4.      McNeese State                                               6-1                 3,160                    9

5.      Montana State                                                5-2                3,116                     5

6.      Coastal Carolina                                             7-0                2,977                   6

7.      Sam Houston State                                         5-2                2,880                  2

8.      Towson University                                          7-1                 2,870                  7

9.      Fordham                                                        8-0                2,836                   8

10.     Montana                                                         6-1                 2,544                  10

11.      Maine                                                            6-1                 2,120                   14

12.     Wofford                                                          5-2                1,968                    13

13.     Youngstown State                                           7-1                 1,920                   16

14.     Bethune-Cookman                                          6-1                 1,635                    17

15.     Lehigh                                                           6-1                 1567                     18

16.     Northern Arizona                                            5-2                1,339                    19

17.     Northern Iowa                                                4-3                1,237                    11

18.     Villanova                                                       4-3                1,218                    12

19.     James Madison                                               5-2                993                     20

20.    New Hampshire                                              3-3                824                    25

21.     Tennessee State                                             7-1                 818                     24

22.    Samford                                                         5-2                807                    22

23.    Central Arkansas                                            4-3                637                     21

24.    Georgia Southern                                            4-2                557                    23

25.    South Dakota State                                         4-4                412                     15  

Others receiving votes:  Delaware 270, Charleston Southern 226, Southeastern Louisiana 183, Harvard 180, South Carolina State 134, Southern Illinois 76, Jacksonville State 60, William & Mary 42, Chattanooga 35, South Dakota 34, Southern Utah 16, Gardner-Webb 15, Jackson State 15, UT Martin 13, Cal Poly 13, Princeton 10, Stony Brook 5, Alcorn State 5, Sacred Heart 4, Illinois State 4, Sacramento State 3, Butler 3, Duquesne 2.

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