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. Eastern Washington (6)
3. Montana State
4. Towson University
5. Sam Houston State
6. South Dakota State
7. Northern Iowa
8. Central Arkansas
9. Eastern Illinois
10. Georgia Southern
12. New Hampshire
13. McNeese State
14. Cal Poly
17. Stony Brook
18. Illinois State
20. James Madison
21. Coastal Carolina
24. Youngstown State
25. Northern Arizona
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