Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - After winning a battle of top 10 teams, New Hampshire is at the No. 1 spot in The Sports Network I-AA top 25 for the fifth straight week. The Wildcats came back in the second half to hold off Richmond, 27-17, on Saturday in Durham to move to 5-0 for the season. The Wildcats picked up 88 of a possible 109 first-place votes and 2,704 points to earn the No. 1 spot again. They will play their third consecutive game against a ranked opponent on Saturday when No. 13 James Madison visits.
    Appalachian State jumped out to a 49-0 third-quarter lead in a 56-21 victory at Chattanooga, and comes in right behind the Wildcats for the fifth week in a row. The Mountaineers, 5-1 on the season, garnered 21 first-place votes and 2,622 points to claim the No. 2 position. With Furman’s 29-27 loss at Coastal Carolina, the next three teams all moved up a spot. Montana is at No. 3 after winning at Eastern Washington, Cal Poly vaults to No. 4 after knocking off UC Davis, 23-17, and Illinois State takes the No. 5 position after holding off Western Kentucky, 28-27.
    Two more Gateway Conference teams follow Illinois State, with Youngstown State and Southern Illinois up two spots to No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, after posting conference victories. The next two teams also moved up two pegs, with Massachusetts at No. 8 and North Dakota State at No. 9 after notching wins. Richmond dropped three positions to No. 10 after losing at New Hampshire.
    Furman experienced the greatest drop in the rankings, as the Paladins are down eight spots to No. 11 with the loss to Coastal Carolina. No. 12 Hampton, No. 13 James Madison and No. 14 Northern Iowa hold their positions, while Harvard is up four spots to No. 15.
    A pair of Ohio Valley Conference teams hold down the next two spots, with Eastern Illinois jumping to No. 16 and Tennessee-Martin moving up to No. 17. UC Davis is at No. 18, with Central Connecticut State at No. 19 and Alabama A & M at No. 20.
    San Diego is at No. 21, with Towson at No. 22, Maine at No. 23, Princeton at No. 24 and Portland State at No. 25. Maine and Princeton move into the rankings this week. Maine was most recently in the poll in 2004, while Princeton is in the top 25 for the first time since 1993. Delaware and Georgia Southern dropped out of the rankings.
    23 of the 25 teams will be in action this weekend, with a pair of Atlantic 10 matchups and a Gateway Conference game pitting ranked teams. In addition to New Hampshire’s matchup with James Madison, No. 8 Massachusetts is at No. 22 Towson in the Atlantic 10, while No. 5 Illinois State host No. 7 Southern Illinois in a Gateway clash.
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