DURHAM, N.H.-- If the "AnyGivenSaturday.com" I-AA College Football Poll is any indication as to what University of New Hampshire football fans can expect during the 2006 football season, now may be a good time to snap up season tickets as the Wildcats were picked to finish second in the nation in the web site poll.

The Wildcats, who set a school record with 11 victories last season and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinal round for the second consecutive season, finished only behind national champion Appalachian State in the poll.UNH also earned a share of he Atlantic 10 title.

Following the Mountaineers in the top 10 were (in order): New Hampshire, Northern Iowa, Montana, Furman, Cal Poly, Youngstown State, James Madison, Illinois State and Delaware. The full results are listed below.

Six other teams received first place votes including New Hampshire (31), Northern Iowa (7), Montana (2), Furman (2), James Madison (2), and North Dakota State received a single No. 1vote.

A total of 25 squads received more than the five points required to receive mention outside of the top 25.

The Atlantic 10 Conference, I-AA's largest league, led the way with five teams in the Top 25; the Gateway Football Conference had four; the Big Sky Conference, the Great West Football Conference, the Southern Conference and the Southland Conference had three each; the Ohio Valley Conference had two; and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Big South Conference were each represented with one.

The pollsters also named Illinois State as the biggest rising team from 2005 and Texas State as the biggest falling team.

AGS is the world's largest online community devoted to all of the NCAA Division I playoff football. The AGS Poll was created in 2004 to give distinguished members of the AGS community a place to voice their opinion, vote for the top 25 I-AA programs in the nation, and provide the media and coaches of I-AA a valuable resource to gauge general sentiment..

Any Given Saturday Poll Preseason Top 25
1. Appalachian State (45)
2. New Hampshire (31)
3. Northern Iowa (7)
4. Montana (2)
5. Furman (2)
6. Cal Poly
7. Youngstown State
8. James Madison (2)
9. Illinois State
10. Delaware
11. McNeese State
12. North Dakota State (1)
13. Georgia Southern
14. Massachusetts
15. Eastern Illinois
16. Hampton
17. Southern Illinois
18. Coastal Carolina
19. Montana State
20. UC Davis
21. Texas State
22. Nicholls State
23. Eastern Washington
24. Eastern Kentucky
25. Richmond

Others receiving votes (minimum of 5 votes): Lafayette (56), Western Kentucky (47), Colgate (46), Lehigh (45), Grambling (44), Idaho State (43), South Carolina State (43), Harvard (29), Portland State (24), Northwestern State (22), William & Mary (21), Hofstra (17), Jacksonville State (17), Weber State (17), Western Carolina (14), Maine (10), Sam Houston State (10), Brown (9), Southern University (9), South Dakota State (8), Wofford (7), Penn (6), Missouri State (5), Towson (5), Villanova (5).

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