Villanova Football up to #19 in FCS Rankings

Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Nova football moved up five spots in the polls after a dominating victory on the road at Georgia State.

The latest Sports Network FCS Top-25 College Football Poll has been released and Andy Talley's Villanova Squad has moved up five spots to number-19, cracking the top-20 for the first time this season after debuting at 24th last week. They have also made their debut in the FCS Coaches Poll, administered by the Southern Conference, ranked 23rd this week after being left out of the top-25 a week ago.

The 'Cats remain a spot ahead of arch rivals Delaware, who checked in at number-20 this week.

CAA football has a record seven teams ranked this week in the Sports Network Poll. The league is the only one to ever place that many teams into the poll, a feat they have accomplished 19 other times. Those teams include Old Dominion (7th), James Madison (9th), New Hampshire (12th), Delaware (20th), Towson (23rd) and Richmond (25th). Both of the league's future members, Albany (24th) and Stony Brook (10th) were also ranked this week.

Six league members were honored by the coaches poll.

The Wildcats' record improved to 6-2 (4-1, CAA) and they will next face the 23rd-ranked Towson Tigers (3-4) on Saturday for Homecoming. The Tigers gave Villanova one of their toughest games last season, catching the 'Cats by surprise at Unitas Stadium in Maryland.

The 'Cats will end the season with a home game against James Madison and a road trip to Delaware Stadium to end the season.


Rank Team (1st place votes) Rec. Points Prev.
1. Eastern Washington Eagles (125) 6-1 4014 1
2. Georgia Southern Eagles (14) 6-1 3787 3
3. North Dakota State Bison (13) 6-1 3746 4
4. Montana State Bobcats 6-1 3489 5
5. Sam Houston State Bearkats (5) 5-2 3218 6
6. Old Dominion Monarchs 6-1 3089 7
7. Wofford Terriers 6-1 3060 8
8. Lehigh Mountain Hawks (3) 8-0 2839 9
9. James Madison Dukes 5-2 2779 2
10. Stony Brook Seawolves (1) 7-1 2704 10
11. Cal Poly Mustangs (3) 7-0 2437 14
12. New Hampshire Wildcats 6-2 2434 12
13. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 6-1 2083 16
14. Central Arkansas Bears 6-2 1654 19
15. Indiana State Sycamores 6-2 1416 21
16. Appalachian State Mountaineers 5-3 1404 13
17. Illinois State Redbirds 6-2 1394 11
18. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 6-2 1152 23
19. Villanova Wildcats 6-2 1135 24
20. Delaware Blue Hens 5-2 837 25
21. Tennessee State Tigers 7-1 786 17
22. Youngstown State Penguins 4-3 686 15
23. Towson Tigers 3-4 515 15
24. Albany Great Danes 6-1 483 NR
25. Richmond Spiders 5-3 456 NR
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