Towson back in Top 10 of FCS media rankings

November 11, 2013 | WNST Staff

TIGERS MOVE BACK INTO FCS TOP 10

Idle Tigers Move Up Three Spots

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team are ranked 10th in the nation, according to the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers, who have been ranked in the NCAA FCS Top 10 for 10 of the last 11 weeks, were 13th last week. Now 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association, Towson did not play this past week. However, the Tigers moved up three spots due to losses by Coastal Carolina, Youngstown State and Bethune-Cookman.

After opening the season as the 11th-ranked team in the nation, the Tigers have been ranked as high as third in the nation in 2013. Towson opened its season with six consecutive wins before losing to Villanova. The Tigers bounced back with road victories at Albany and Richmond before their 32-31 loss to Delaware two weeks ago.

The Tigers enter the final two weeks of the season tied for second place in the CAA. No. 6 Maine (9-1, 6-0) leads the CAA. No. 21 Delaware (7-3, 4-2), No. 16 William & Mary (7-3, 4-2) and No. 23 New Hampshire (5-4, 4-2) are tied for second with the Tigers.

The Tigers visit William & Mary on Saturday in a matchup of two ranked CAA teams. The Tigers close out the regular season on Nov. 23 against James Madison at home.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (9-0) is ranked number one again this week while Eastern Illinois (9-1) is second. Eastern Washington (8-2) is ranked third, ahead of No. 4 Sam Houston State (8-2). Undefeated Fordham (10-0) is ranked fifth, just ahead of Maine. Montana (8-2) is seventh while Montana State (7-3) is eighth and McNeese State (8-2) is ranked ninth.

Towson is one of five CAA teams ranked in the FCS Top 25 this week. No. 6 Maine (7-1), No. 16 William & Mary, No. 21 Delaware and No. 23 New Hampshire are also ranked.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (156)                                 9-0                3,900                   1

2.      Eastern Illinois                                               9-1                 3,686                   2

3.      Eastern Washington                                        8-2                3,579                   3

4.      Sam Houston State                                         8-2                3,332                   6

5.      Fordham                                                        10-0               3,178                    7

6.      Maine                                                            9-1                 3,049                   8

7.      Montana                                                         8-2                2,624                  10

8.      Montana State                                                7-3                2,598                  4

9.      McNeese State                                               8-2                2,523                  11

10.     TOWSON                                                        8-2                2,328                  13  

11.      Coastal Carolina                                             9-1                 2,257                  5

12.     Northern Arizona                                            7-2                2,208                  14

13.     Charleston Southern                                       10-1                2,108                   18

14.     Southeastern Louisiana                                   8-2                2,035                  16

15.     Youngstown State                                           8-2                1,697                    9

16.     William & Mary                                               7-3                1,428                   23

17.     Chattanooga                                                   8-2                1,208                   24

18.     Bethune-Cookman                                          8-2                1,089                   12

19.     South Dakota State                                         6-4                1,087                   19

20.    Lehigh                                                           7-2                982                    21

21.     Delaware                                                       7-3                969                     15

22.    Jacksonville State                                          8-2                592                    NR

23.    New Hampshire                                              5-4                513                     25

24.    Wofford                                                          5-4                453                    17

25.    Princeton                                                       7-1                 267                     NR

Others receiving votes:  Samford 180, Tennessee State 142, James Madison 140, Southern Utah 133, Villanova 93, South Carolina State 75, Harvard 52, Northern Iowa 35, Central Arkansas 25, Jackson State 20, Eastern Kentucky 19, Georgia Southern 18, Furman 15, Cal Poly 14, Illinois State 14, Sacred Heart 10, Missouri State 7, UT Martin 6, Liberty 4, Southern Illinois 3, Jacksonville 2, San Diego 1, Florida A&M 1, Alcorn State 1.

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