UNBEATEN TIGERS RANKED 4th AGAIN
Tigers Own Second-Longest Winning Streak in FCS Football
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – For the second week in a row, the undefeated Towson University football team is ranked fourth in NCAA FCS football, according to the weekly poll which was announced by The Sports Network.
The Tigers’ number four national ranking continues to be the highest national ranking at the FCS level that they’ve ever received.
Towson was ranked 11th in the pre-season and moved up to fifth after a season-opening win at Connecticut. Back-to-back victories over Holy Cross and Delaware State enabled the Tigers to move up to fourth, ahead of Sam Houston State.
Their 49-7 victory over Delaware State extended the Tigers’ winning streak to seven games in a row. Towson closed out the 2012 season with four straight wins and has won their first three games in 2013.
Defending national champion North Dakota State (2-0) received 154 of a possible 156 first place votes to remain first in the nation. Eastern Washington (2-1) got the other two first place votes and is ranked second. Montana State (2-1) 1s ranked third, some 48 points ahead of Towson. Sam Houston State (2-1) is fifth, nearly 200 points behind the Tigers.
The Tigers, who have outscored their opponents by a 131-32 margin through three games, are sixth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 43.7 points per game.
However, the Tiger defense is ranked near the top of FCS in all of the major categories. The Tigers are allowing 10.7 points per game, third in the nation behind Idaho State (8.3) and Bethune-Cookman.
The Towson defense leads FCS in red-zone defense (.333) and the Tigers are fifth in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 71.0 yards per game. The Tigers are also sixth in total defense, giving up 267.3 yards per contest.
Towson is one of six Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. New Hampshire (1-1) is ranked 11th while Stony Brook (1-1) is 16th nationally. James Madison (2-1) is 17th this week while Villanova (0-2) is 20th. Richmond (1-2) fell to 23rd in the nation after losing to Gardner-Webb.
The Tigers, who have the program’s longest winning streak since 1984, will be seeking their eighth win in a row when they visit North Carolina Central on Saturday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m.
2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network
1. North Dakota State (154)
2. Eastern Washington (2)
3. Montana State
4. Towson University
5. Sam Houston State
6. South Dakota State
7. Northern Iowa
8. Eastern Illinois
11. New Hampshire
12. McNeese State
13. Central Arkansas
14. Georgia Southern
15. Coastal Carolina
16. Stony Brook
17. James Madison
18. Cal Poly
25. Northern Arizona
Others receiving votes: Illinois State 493, Youngstown State 370, Samford 281, Maine 255, William & Mary 155, North Carolina A&T 118, Southern Utah 114, Delaware 113, Jacksonville State 111, Gardner-Webb 100, Chattanooga 85, Eastern Kentucky 29, Appalachian State 28, Southeastern Louisiana 24, Liberty 24, South Carolina State 22, Penn 21, South Dakota 19, Tennessee State 18, Harvard 18, Southern Illinois 10, Western Illinois 10, Murray State 5, Indiana State 4, Tennessee Tech 3, Northwestern State 2, Sacred Heart 1.