Monday, October 17, 2011 | Valley Football
Three League Teams Ranked - Oct. 17

Three MVFC Teams Ranked
 Three MVFC schools are ranked in the FCS Top 25 polls this week. UNI is the top-rated MVFC school, checking in at No. 2 in both polls (behind Georgia Southern). North Dakota State (3/5) and Indiana State (17/16), also represent the league.

Panthers’ Streak Is 3rd-Best
 UNI has been ranked in 86-consecutive regular-season polls, and that ranks as the third-longest streak in league history. Southern Illinois was in 98-straight top-25 polls from September 2003 until October 2010, and UNI’s streak of 96 (September 1990 through October 1997) is second-best.

Top-10 Teams
 Counting this week (North Dakota Sate UNI), two Valley Football schools have been ranked in the Top 10 during the same week 156 times in league history. From 2003 through 2009, the league had at least two top-10 teams in a minimum of 10 regular-season polls every year. Last year, only two weeks had two MVFC teams in the Top 10. This year, it’s already happened six times.

Sycamores in the Top 25
 Indiana State jumped into the Top 25 polls on Sept. 26 for the first time since November 1996, and ISU has been ranked four-straight weeks. Since becoming a league member in 1986, Indiana State has not been ranked in the Top 25 for more than five-consecutive weeks in any season. Although ISU attained a No. 1 ranking before joining the league, its highest rank as an MVFC school is No. 14.


The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top-25 College Football Poll
Team (First-place votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1. Georgia Southern Eagles (125) 6-0 3,871 1
2. Northern Iowa Panthers (18) 5-1 3,732 2
3. North Dakota State Bison (9) 6-0 3,509 4
4. Montana State Bobcats (2) 6-1 3,502 3
5. Wofford Terriers (3) 5-1 3,354 5
6. Appalachian State Mountaineers 4-2 2,957 6
7. Sam Houston State Bearkats 6-0 2,808 10
8. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 6-1 2,795 8
9. Maine Black Bears 5-1 2,481 12
10. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 5-1 2,480 11
11. James Madison Dukes 5-2 2,275 13
12. Montana Grizzlies 5-2 2,083 14
13. New Hampshire Wildcats 4-2 2,062 6
14. William & Mary Tribe 4-3 1,882 16
15. Towson Tigers 5-1 1,795 17
16. Delaware Blue Hens 4-3 1,371 9
17. Indiana State Sycamores 5-2 1,235 21
18. Richmond Spiders 3-3 843 20
19. Alabama State Hornets 6-1 768 24
20. North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4-2 747 23
21. Old Dominion Monarchs 5-2 671 18
22. Massachusetts Minutemen 4-2 668 NR
23. Jackson State Tigers 6-1 529 25
24. Norfolk State Spartans 6-1 511 NR
25. South Dakota Coyotes 4-3 477 15

Others receiving votes: Texas State 217, Tennessee Tech 211, Liberty 150, Chattanooga 135, Sacramento State 111, Central Arkansas 109, San Diego 104, Harvard 98, Samford 93, McNeese Sate 79, Illinois State 41, Weber State 36, South Carolina State 30, Eastern Washington 30, Brown 23, Cal Poly 22, Albany 19, Coastal Carolina 17, Furman 16, Tennessee State 13, Elon 10, Alabama A&M 9, Jacksonville 8, Stony Brook 8, Portland State 6, South Alabama 4, North Carolina A&T 4, Southern Utah 3, Southern Illinois 3, Penn 3, Sacred Heart 2, Northwestern State 2, Murray State 1, Alcorn State 1, UT Martin 1.


2011 FCS Coaches Week 7 Poll (October 17, 2011)
Team (No. 1 Votes) Record Points Last Week
1. Georgia Southern (27) 6-0 699 1
2. Northern Iowa (1) 5-1 666 2
3. Montana State 6-1 641 3
4. Wofford 5-1 612 4
5. North Dakota State 6-0 602 5
6. Appalachian State 4-2 530 7
7. Lehigh 6-1 503 9
8. Jacksonville State 5-1 479 10
9. Montana 5-2 458 11
10. Sam Houston State 6-0 457 12
11. James Madison 5-2 397 13
12. New Hampshire 4-2 377 6
13. Delaware 4-2 356 8
14. Maine 5-1 355 16
15. William & Mary 4-3 352 15
16. Indiana State 5-2 237 21
17. Towson 5-1 229 23
18. North Dakota 4-2 209 18
19. South Dakota 4-3 143 14
20. Jackson State 6-1 116 24
21. Richmond 3-3 81 25
22. Old Dominion 5-2 75 22
23. Tennessee Tech 4-2 66 19
24. McNeese State 3-3 53 17
25. Norfolk State 6-1 47 NR

Others receiving votes: Harvard (45); Alabama State (38); Massachusetts (32); Liberty (27); Alcorn State (20); Coastal Carolina (18); Chattanooga (17); Illinois State (16); Texas State (14); San Diego (13); Sacramento State (12); Jacksonville (11); South Dakota State (11); Southern Illinois (8); Eastern Washington (7); Youngstown State (7); Central Arkansas (6); Howard (6); Cal Poly (4); Albany (3); Brown (3).