Holy Cross Football Holds Spot In National Polls

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross football team is ranked No. 13 in the nation in this week's Sports Network poll for the football championship subdivision. The Crusaders' held their position in the rankings, following Saturday's 24-20 victory over Lehigh. In addition, Holy Cross remained in the same position in the FCS coaches' poll, where it is still ranked at No. 14.

In the Sports Network poll, Holy Cross received 1,579 total points, to earn the 13th spot. In the coaches' poll, the Crusaders placed 14th with 334 total points. Two other Patriot League teams, Colgate and Lafayette, were also ranked in both polls. Lafayette was listed 20th by the Sports Network with 778 points and 20th by the coaches with 168 points, while Colgate was ranked 24th by the Sports Network with 392 points and 24th by the coaches with 66 points.

The Crusaders (8-1 overall, 4-0 Patriot League) return to action on Saturday, Nov. 14, when they play host to Lafayette (8-1 overall, 4-0 Patriot League) in a 12:30 p.m. game which will determine the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs.

The complete Sports Network and FCS coaches' polls follow.

 

 

 

Sports Network's FCS College Football Poll

 

Team (First-place votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1. Southern Illinois Salukis (37) 8-1 3,196 3
2. Montana Grizzlies (64) 9-0 3,172 2
3. Villanova Wildcats (32) 8-1 3,161 4
4. Richmond Spiders 8-1 2,882 1
5. William & Mary Tribe 8-1 2,814 5
6. Elon Phoenix 8-1 2,664 6
7. Appalachian State Mountaineers 7-2 2,583 7
8. New Hampshire Wildcats (1) 8-1 2,416 8
9. South Carolina State Bulldogs (1) 8-1 2,232 10
10. McNeese State Cowboys 7-2 2,027 12
11. Northern Iowa Panthers 6-3 1,970 11
12. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 7-2 1,721 9
13. Holy Cross Crusaders 8-1 1,579 13
14. Eastern Illinois Panthers 7-2 1,466 14
15. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 7-2 1,348 15
16. Liberty Flames 7-2 1,246 16
17. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 6-3 1,129 17
18. Eastern Washington Eagles 6-3 869 21
19. Weber State Wildcats 5-4 790 19
20. Lafayette Leopards 8-1 778 25
21. Prairie View A&M Panthers 6-1 741 22
22. Florida A&M Rattlers 7-2 636 24
23. Delaware Blue Hens 6-3 605 23
24. Colgate Raiders 8-2 392 18
25. Texas State Bobcats 6-3 207 NR

 

 

 

Others receiving votes: Southeastern Louisiana 168, Massachusetts 127, Penn 116, Harvard 114, Montana State 109, Northern Arizona 106, Central Arkansas 86, Eastern Kentucky 84, Butler 77, Cal Poly 42, James Madison 36, Drake 28, Tennessee Tech 27, Illinois State 19, Central Connecticut State 14, UC Davis 14, Sam Houston State 13, Grambling 11, Old Dominion 11, Jacksonville 9, Maine 9, Missouri State 8, Tennessee-Martin 5, Texas Southern 5, Brown 3, Morgan State 3, Alabama A&M 2, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1, Dayton 1, Hofstra 1, Southern 1, Stony Brook 1.

 

 

FCS Coaches Poll

Team (No. 1 Votes)                 2009 Record        Points     Previous Ranking
1. Montana (16)                              9-0                  684                     2
2. Southern Illinois (6)                     8-1                  665                     3
3. Villanova (6)                               8-1                  663                     4
T4. Richmond                                 8-1                  591                     1
T4. William & Mary                          8-1                  591                     5
6. Elon                                           8-1                  561                     6
7. New Hampshire                           8-1                  532                     7
8. Appalachian State                       7-2                  513                     8
9. South Carolina State                   8-1                  473                    10
10. McNeese State                         7-2                  436                    11   
11. Northern Iowa                            6-3                  409                    12
12. South Dakota State                   7-2                  343                     9
13. Eastern Illinois                          7-2                  336                    13
14. Holy Cross                               8-1                  334                    14
15. Jacksonville State                     6-3                  293                    15
16. Liberty                                      7-2                  258                    17
17. Stephen F. Austin                     7-2                  249                    18
18. Eastern Washington                  6-3                  223                    16
19. Prairie View A&M                      6-1                  182                    22
20. Lafayette                                  8-1                  168                    24
21. Florida A&M                             7-2                  148                    23
22. Weber State                              5-4                  113                    21
23. Delaware                                  6-3                   90                     25
24. Colgate                                    8-2                   66                     20
25. Texas State                              6-3                   46                    NR 

Others receiving votes (points in parentheses): Butler (39), Southeastern Louisiana (21), Central Arkansas (15), Montana State (13), Harvard (10), Northern Arizona (7), Drake (6), Eastern Kentucky (6), Massachusetts (5), Cal Poly (4), Pennsylvania (3), Chattanooga (2), Alabama A&M (1), UC Davis (1).