PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – After posting a 48-32 victory over Richmond on Saturday, Coach Rob Ambrose and the Towson University football team is ranked seventh 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 nine weeks.
Towson actually moved up from eighth place to seventh, passing Sam Houston State this week. The top nine teams in the FCS poll remained the same while Maine (7-1) moved into 10th place, ahead of Montana, which fell to 12th.
After opening the season as the 11th-ranked team in the nation, the Tigers have fluctuated between third and eighth in the weekly poll. Towson was ranked third in the nation until dropping a 45-35 loss to Villanova on Oct. 12. However, the Tigers have bounced back with road victories at Albany and Richmond.
The Tigers, who are averaging 41.3 points per game, have won 12 of their last 13 games. Towson has gone 6-0 on the road this season and has won nine straight road games. The Tigers have not lost a road game since Oct. 3, 2012 when they fell to James Madison, 13-10.
Defending national champion North Dakota State (8-0) is ranked number one again this week while Eastern Illinois (7-1) is second. Eastern Washington (6-2) is ranked third, ahead of No. 4 McNeese State (7-1). Montana State (6-2) is ranked fifth, just ahead of Coastal Carolina (8-0). Sam Houston State (6-2) fell to eighth while No. 8 Towson (8-1), No. 9 Fordham (8-0) and No. 10 Maine (7-1) round out the Top 10.
Towson is one of five CAA teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. Maine (7-1) is ranked 10th after the Black Bears’ 37-35 win over No. 18 Villanova. New Hampshire (4-3) moved up to No. 16 after a 31-13 victory over Stony Brook. Villanova (4-4) fell to 20th in the nation after the loss to Maine. After a 35-13 win at Rhode Island, Delaware is ranked 21st in the nation.
The Tigers return to Unitas Stadium on Saturday night to host Delaware in a 7:00 p.m. game.
2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network
|FCS Weekly Rankings||Record||Points||Last Week|
|1. North Dakota State (159)||8-0||3975||1|
|2. Eastern Illinois||7-1||3709||2|
|3. Eastern Washington||6-2||3554||3|
|4. McNeese State||7-1||3346||4|
|5. Montana State||6-2||3191||5|
|6. Coastal Carolina||8-0||3102||6|
|8. Sam Houston State||6-2||2952||7|
|11. Youngstown State||7-1||2234||13|
|14. Northern Arizona||6-2||1795||16|
|16. New Hampshire||4-3||1292||20|
|18. Central Arkansas||5-3||1035||23|
|19. South Dakota State||5-4||800||25|
|23. Tennessee State||7-2||617||NR|
|24. Charleston Southern||8-1||589||NR|
|25. Southeastern Louisiana||6-2||423||NR|
Others receiving votes: Northern Iowa 360, James Madison 325, William & Mary 259, Jacksonville State 177, Chattanooga 175, Southern Illinois 81, Princeton 68, Georgia Southern 57, Harvard 37, Southern Utah 33, South Carolina State 24, Jackson State 18, UT Martin 18, Portland State 17, Illinois State 11, Sacramento State 7, Stony Brook 6, Cal Poly 6, South Dakota 4, Alabama State 4, Alcorn State 4, Eastern Kentucky 2.