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|
|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|
|16||Lehigh Mountain Hawks||10-1||1346||13|
|19||James Madison Dukes||7-4||894||17|
|20||Northern Arizona Lumberjacks||8-3||736||20|
|23||Eastern Kentucky Colonels||8-3||515||21|
|24||Coastal Carolina Chanticleers||8-5||495||NR|