Towson falls to 13th in new FCS media rankings

November 04, 2013 | WNST Staff

TIGERS RANKED 13TH IN NCAA FCS THIS WEEK

Tigers Fall Out Of Top 10 For First Time This Season

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –  Coming off a heart-breaking 32-31 Colonial Athletic Association loss to Delaware on Saturday night, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team are ranked 13th in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

The Tigers, who had been ranked in the NCAA FCS Top 10 for nine straight weeks, were ranked seventh last week.

After opening the season as the 11th-ranked team in the nation, the Tigers have been ranked as high as third in the nation. 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.

Towson will have a bye this week before closing out the season against William & Mary and James Madison.

According to Coach Ambrose, the Tigers can use the bye week. He says, “It has been a long grind. There aren’t many teams that have played 10 consecutive weeks. It has been a challenge for us because we have gone on the road and played some very good teams.

“Right now, we need to heal physically and emotionally,” says Ambrose. “We need to get ready because we have two very difficult opponents left on the schedule.”

The Tigers’ last-second loss to Delaware dropped their overall record to 8-2. Towson is 4-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Maine (8-1, 5-0) leads the CAA while Delaware (7-2, 4-1) is second. The Tigers are in a virtual tie for third place with James Madison (6-3, 3-2), William & Mary (6-3, 3-2) and New Hampshire (4-4, 3-2).

Defending national champion North Dakota State (8-0) is ranked number one again this week while Eastern Illinois (8-1) is second. Eastern Washington (7-2) is ranked third, ahead of No. 4 Montana State (7-2).  Coastal Carolina (9-0) is ranked fifth and Sam Houston State (7-2) is sixth. Fordham (9-0) is ranked seventh while No. 8 Maine, No. 9 Youngstown State and No. 10 Montana round out the top 10.

Towson is one of five CAA teams ranked in the FCS Top 25 this week. In addition to No. 8 Maine (7-1), Delaware is ranked 15th while No. 22 James Madison, No. 23 William & Mary and No. 25 New Hampshire are also ranked.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (159)                                 8-0                3,975                   1

2.      Eastern Illinois                                               8-1                 3,751                    2

3.      Eastern Washington                                        7-2                3,593                   3

4.      Montana State                                                7-2                3,330                   5

5.      Coastal Carolina                                             9-0                3,222                  6

6.      Sam Houston State                                         7-2                3,117                     8

7.      Fordham                                                        9-0                3,003                   9

8.      Maine                                                            8-1                 2,563                   10

9.      Youngstown State                                           8-1                 2,563                   11

10.     Montana                                                         7-2                2,317                    12  

11.      McNeese State                                               7-2                2,202                  4

12.     Bethune-Cookman                                          8-1                 2,124                   13

13.     Towson University                                          8-2                2,088                  7

14.     Northern Arizona                                            7-2                2,036                   14

15.     Delaware                                                       7-2                1,722                   21

16.     Southeastern Louisiana                                   7-2                1,579                    25

17.     Wofford                                                          5-3                1,350                   17

18.     Charleston Southern                                       9-1                 902                    24

19.     South Dakota State                                         5-4                861                     19

20.    Samford                                                         6-3                769                     15

21.     Lehigh                                                           6-2                760                     22

22.    James Madison                                               6-3                696                     NR

23.    William & Mary                                               6-3                692                     NR

24.    Chattanooga                                                   7-2                412                     NR

25.    New Hampshire                                              4-4                299                     16

Others receiving votes:  Jacksonville State 285, Central Arkansas 246, Eastern Kentucky 226, Princeton 146, Villanova 140, Southern Illinois 91, Tennessee State 65, Southern Utah 61, Harvard 48, South Carolina State 44, Northern Iowa 29, South Dakota 24, Georgia Southern 23, Illinois State 22, UT Martin 21, Jackson State 8, Cal Poly 6, Sacred Heart 5, Missouri State 3, The Citadel 1, Furman 1.

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