Villanova football finishes 15th in final poll

Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

After of the playoffs, Villanova football finished the season ranked 15th in the TSN FCS Top-25 poll.

After starting the season unranked with low expectations, the CAA Champion Villanova Wildcats landed finished the 2012 season ranked 15th in the Sports Network's final poll. The Wildcats went from 2 wins in 2011 to eight wins, a share of the CAA title and a playoff berth in 2012.

Six CAA football members were ranked. Old Dominion led the way at number-6 and New Hampshire also finished ahead of Villanova at number-13. Also ranked were Towson (No. 17), Richmond (No. 18) and James Madison (No. 19); future member Stony Brook finished at number-11.

The Sports Network FCS Top-25 College Football Poll

Rank Team 2012 Record Points Previous Rank
1 North Dakota State Bison (142) 14-1 3550 1
2 Sam Houston State Bearkats 11-4 3386 5
3 Georgia Southern Eagles 10-4 3183 6
4 Eastern Washington Eagles 11-3 3143 4
5 Montana State Bobcats 11-2 2949 2
6 Old Dominion Monarchs 11-2 2859 3
7 Wofford Terriers 9-4 2673 9
8 Illinois State Redbirds 9-4 2289 16
9 Appalachian State Mountaineers 8-4 2229 7
10 Central Arkansas Bears 9-3 2166 8
11 Stony Brook Seawolves 10-3 2158 10
12 Cal Poly Mustangs 9-3 1930 12
13 New Hampshire Wildcats 8-4 1839 11
14 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 9-4 1537 19
15 Villanova Wildcats 8-4 1354 14
16 Lehigh Mountain Hawks 10-1 1346 13
17 Towson Tigers 7-4 1147 15
18 Richmond Spiders 8-3 938 18
19 James Madison Dukes 7-4 894 17
20 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 8-3 736 20
21 Wagner Seahawks 9-4 603 NR
22 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 9-3 523 22
23 Eastern Kentucky Colonels 8-3 515 21
24 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 8-5 495 NR
25 Colgate Raiders 8-4 383 24
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