Towson moves up to school-best 4th in FCS rankings

September 09, 2013 | WNST Staff

TIGERS MOVE UP TO 4th IN FCS RANKINGS

Unbeaten Tigers Attain Highest FCS Ranking Ever

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Coming off a 49-7 victory over Holy Cross, the undefeated Towson University football team is ranked fourth in the weekly FCS poll which was announced by The Sports Network.

For the Tigers, who were fifth in the nation last week, this is 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. The 49-7 win over Holy Cross enabled the Tigers to move up to fourth, ahead of Sam Houston State.

Defending national champion North Dakota State (2-0) received 146 of a possible 152 first place votes to remain first in the nation. Eastern Washington (2-0) got the other six first place votes and is ranked second. Montana State (1-1) 1s ranked third despite a heart-breaking 31-30 loss to Southern Methodist.

Towson is only one point behind No. 3 Montana State.

The Tigers moved ahead of Sam Houston State (1-1) into fourth in the nation when the Bearkats fell at Texas A & M, 65-28.

Towson is one of six Colonial Athletic Association teams ranked in the FCS Top 25. New Hampshire (0-1) is ranked 12th while Richmond (1-1) is 15th  in the nation after dropping a 23-21 decision at North Carolina State. Stony Brook (1-0) is ranked 17th for the second straight week while CAA pre-season favorite Villanova (0-2) fell to 19th after a loss to Fordham. James Madison (1-1) remained as the 20th-ranked team after losing at Akron.

The Tigers, who own the second-longest winning streak in FCS football, will be seeking their seventh win in a row when they open their home schedule on Sunday, September 14 against Delaware State at 7:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

2013 FCS FOOTBALL RANKINGS – The Sports Network

1.       North Dakota State (146)                                 2-0                3,769                   1

2.      Eastern Washington (6)                                   2-0                3,639                   2

3.      Montana State                                                1-1                  3,234                   3

4.      Towson University                                          2-0                3,233                   5

5.      Sam Houston State                                         2-0                3,033                   4

6.      South Dakota State                                         1-1                  2,941                   6

7.      Northern Iowa                                                2-0                2,855                  9

8.      Central Arkansas                                            2-2                2,461                   7

9.      Eastern Illinois                                               2-0                2,218                   14

10.     Georgia Southern                                            2-0                2,203                  10

11.      Montana                                                         1-0                 2,073                   13

12.     New Hampshire                                              0-1                 1,944                   11

13.     McNeese State                                               1-1                  1,789                    18

14.     Cal Poly                                                         1-1                  1,663                    12

15.     Richmond                                                       1-1                  1,645                   15

16.     Wofford                                                          1-1                  1,573                    16

17.     Stony Brook                                                   1-0                 1,482                   17

18.     Illinois State                                                  0-1                 1,100                    19

19.     Villanova                                                       0-2                978                     8

20.    James Madison                                               1-1                  944                    20

21.     Coastal Carolina                                             2-0                712                     24

22.    Lehigh                                                           1-0                 603                     23

23.    Bethune-Cookman                                          2-0                580                    25

24.    Youngstown State                                           2-0                551                     NR

25.    Northern Arizona                                            0-1                 523                    22

Others receiving votes: Delaware 269, Samford 206, Southern Utah 185, Eastern Kentucky 159, Fordham 122, William & Mary 101, North Carolina A&T 81, Maine 66, UT Martin 64, Jacksonville State 62, Chattanooga 43, Appalachian State 40, Penn 38, Southern Illinois 29, Southeastern Louisiana 28, North Dakota 24, South Dakota 19, Harvard 18, Albany 15, Western Illinois 14, Northwestern State 14, Tennessee State 14, Liberty 10, Nicholls 9, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8, Indiana State 6, Gardner-Webb 4, Murray State 2, The Citadel 1, South Carolina State 1, Sacramento State 1, Portland State 1

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