UNH FOOTBALL RETURNS TO NO. 1 IN SPORTS NETWORK I-AA POLL

Philadelphia, PA - After a 29-26 victory at Hofstra, the New Hampshire Wildcats moved up one spot to re-claim the No. 1 position in The Sports Network I-AA Top 25 poll. The 8-1 Wildcats held the No. 1 ranking for two weeks earlier in the season (Oct. 1 and Oct.8). New Hampshire moved into the top spot due to Furman's 27-24 loss at Georgia Southern. The Wildcats have a 6-1 record in the Atlantic 10, and go out of conference play to host Iona on Saturday. The Wildcats picked up 57 of a possible 108 first-place votes and 2,634 points to claim the No. 1 spot.

Hampton became the first team to clinch a spot in the postseason by knocking off Bethune-Cookman, 24-10, to earn the MEAC automatic bid. The 9-0 Pirates also vaulted one spot in the rankings to No. 2. Montana and Southern Illinois posted wins in conference play to move one rung to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Massachusetts vaulted three spots to No. 5.

Furman fell five positions to No. 6 after the loss to Georgia Southern. Texas State is up three slots to No. 7 after a 49-7 win against McNeese State. A 24-0 loss at LSU dropped Appalachian State one spot to No. 8, while Coastal Carolina remained put at No. 9. Georgia Southern is up four positions to No. 10 after the victory against the Paladins.

Montana State is up one spot to No.11. Western Kentucky fell six positions to No. 6 after losing in double overtime to Northern Iowa. Lehigh stays at No. 13, while UNI is up three spots to No. 14 after the win against Western Kentucky. Cal Poly moved three positions to No. 15 after knocking off Eastern Washington.

Grambling State and South Carolina State are up three spots to No. 16 and No. 17, respectively. Richmond moves five slots to No. 18, while Youngstown State fell four positions to No. 19. Brown is in at No. 20.

Eastern Washington fell 10 spots all the way to No. 21. North Dakota State is in at No. 22, with Eastern Illinois at No. 23, William & Mary at No. 24 and James Madison at No. 25. The Dukes are back in the top 25 after dropping out last week. UC Davis fell out of the rankings.

All top 25 teams are in action this weekend. There are three matchups between ranked teams, with a pair of Gateway Conference games highlighting the schedule. No. 4 Southern Illinois is at No. 14 Northern Iowa, and the winner will take the Gateway automatic bid. Also, No. 12 Western Kentucky is at No. 19 Youngstown State. In the Big Sky, No. 11 Montana State visits No. 21 Eastern Washington.

Team (First-place votes)RecordPointsPrevious Rank
1. New Hampshire Wildcats (57) 8-1 2,634 2
2. Hampton Pirates (44) 9-0 2,531 3
3. Montana Grizzlies (4) 7-2 2,458 4
4. Southern Illinois Salukis 7-2 2,327 5
5. Massachusetts Minutemen 7-2 2,074 8
6. Furman Paladins 7-2 2,058 1
7. Texas State Bobcats 7-2 1,882 10
8. Appalachian State Mountaineers (3) 6-3 1,845 7
9. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 8-1 1,800 9
10. Georgia Southern Eagles 7-3 1,694 14
11. Montana State Bobcats 6-3 1,559 12
12. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 6-3 1,430 6
13. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 7-2 1,409 13
14. Northern Iowa Panthers 6-3 1,370 17
15. Cal Poly Mustangs 6-3 1,244 18
16. Grambling State Tigers 7-1 1,002 19
17. South Carolina State Bulldogs 7-2 866 20
18. Richmond Spiders 6-3 699 23
19. Youngstown State Penguins 7-3 697 15
20. Brown Bears 7-1 643 22
21. Eastern Washington Eagles 5-4 605 11
22. North Dakota State Bison 6-3 567 24
23. Eastern Illinois Panthers 7-2 513 25
24. William & Mary Tribe 5-4 217 16
25. James Madison Dukes 5-4 168 NR

Others receiving votes: Illinois State 158, Nicholls State 157, Weber State 68, Princeton 60, Alabama A&M 57, Colgate 40, UC Davis 34, Western Carolina 32, Jacksonville State 32, San Diego 29, McNeese State 24, Hofstra 23, Idaho State 19, Lafayette 17, Stephen F. Austin 16, Towson 12, Alabama State 12, South Dakota State 9, Chattanooga 8, Northwestern State 5.

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