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Villanova lands at number-seven in final 2014-season FCS Poll

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The Wildcats hosted two home games in the playoffs, being sidelined in the third round.

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With 10 wins in the regular season, the Wildcats set themselves up for at least one home game in the 2014 Football Championship Subdivision post-season. The Wildcats ultimately fell in the third round of the playoffs, in a close game against Sam Houston State -- that they were forced to play without star quarterback John Robertson, who had suffered a concussion in the previous round.

The Wildcats finished the regular-season ranked 5th in the Sports Network's Poll, but dropped to 7th in the final rankings with 4-time national champions North Dakota State ranked first overall with runners up Illinois State second. CAA rivals New Hampshire were the highest-ranked conference opponent for Villanova, finishing the year ranked third after being ranked as high as #1 at one point.

Fellow CAA programs at Richmond (16) and JMU (18) were also ranked in the final poll.

Final 2014 Season Sports Network FCS Poll

Team (First-place votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (152) 15-1 3,800 2
2. Illinois State Redbirds 13-2 3,630 7
3. New Hampshire Wildcats 12-2 3,475 1
4. Eastern Washington Eagles 11-3 3,161 4
5. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 12-2 3,046 6
6. Sam Houston State Bearkats 11-5 2,936 19
7. Villanova Wildcats 11-3 2,894 5
8. Chattanooga Mocs 10-4 2,701 8
9. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 10-2 2,585 3
10. Northern Iowa Panthers 9-5 2,332 10
11. Fordham Rams 11-3 2,234 9
12. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 9-5 2,033 14
13. Montana Grizzlies 9-5 1,969 12
14. Southeastern Louisiana Lions 9-4 1,729 11
15. Harvard Crimson 10-0 1,502 13
16. Richmond Spiders 9-5 1,422 18
17. Liberty Flames 9-5 1,365 20
18. James Madison Dukes 9-4 1,170 15
19. Indiana State Sycamores 8-6 1,162 25
20. Montana State Bobcats 8-5 1,144 17
21. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 9-4 992 16
22. Youngstown State Penguins 7-5 422 21
23. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 9-3 347 22
24. Sacred Heart Pioneers 9-3 325 NR
25. Idaho State Bengals 8-4 318 24
Others receiving votes: William & Mary 247,