TIGERS RANKED SEVENTH IN NCAA FCS THIS WEEK
Tigers Drop Four Spots After Loss To Villanova
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – After suffering their first loss of the season, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team fell from third to seventh in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.
The Tigers, who were ranked third in the nation the last three weeks, suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday night when Colonial Athletic Association rival Villanova (4-2, 3-0) outlasted the Tigers, 45-35. The Wildcats, who are ranked 12th in the nation this week, built a 38-14 halftime lead before holding on to snap the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak.
Towson has been ranked among the top teams in NCAA FCS all season long. They started the year as the 11th-ranked team in FCS. They moved up to fifth after a season-opening victory over Connecticut. Towson was ranked fourth for two weeks and was third for three weeks prior to the loss to Villanova.
This is the highest national ranking at the FCS level that the Tigers have ever received.
Towson is ranked seventh in the nation behind defending national champion North Dakota State (6-0), Eastern Illinois (5-1), Eastern Washington (4-2), Montana State (4-2) and Coastal Carolina (6-0).
When Villanova beat the Tigers, the Wildcats ended the second-longest winning streak in FCS football. Ironically, the Tigers’ 10-game winning streak started with a 49-35 win at Villanova last October.
North Dakota State owns a 14-game winning streak.
Towson is one of five CAA teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. Villanova (4-2) is 12th while Maine (5-1) is 14th. James Madison (5-2) is ranked 20th while New Hampshire (2-3) is ranked 25th for the second straight week.
The Tigers will be trying to get back on the winning track this week when they travel to Albany for a 3:30 p.m.contest.
2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network
1. North Dakota State (161)
2. Sam Houston State
3. Eastern Illinois
4. Eastern Washington
5. Montana State
6. Coastal Carolina
7. Towson University
9. McNeese State
11. Northern Iowa
15. South Dakota State
16. Youngstown State
19. Northern Arizona
20. James Madison
21. Central Arkansas
23. Georgia Southern
24. Tennessee State
25. New Hampshire
Others receiving votes: Southern Illinois, Charleston Southern, Delaware, William & Mary, Southeastern Louisiana, South Carolina State, Harvard, Cal Poly, Tennessee-Martin, Southern Utah, Jacksonville State, Gardner-Webb, Chattanooga, Jackson State, Stony Brook, Illinois State, Richmond, Alcorn State.