SHSU Moves Up In Both FCS National Polls

By: SHSU Sports Information
By: SHSU Sports Information

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Sam Houston State moved up in both FCS polls following the Bearkats’ 51-20 victory over Alabama State Saturday.

The Bearkats climbed from No. 14 to No. 13 in the NCAA Coaches Poll and from No. 17 to No. 15 in The Sports Network rankings.

Sam Houston now has been rated among the top 25 in the FCS for 40 consecutive polls since moving into the rankings in September, 2010.
The Kats’ victory over the Hornets Saturday upped SHSU’s home winning streak at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium to 23 games, the longest current home winning streak in FCS football.

“I told the players after the game that, while I wasn’t part of the first 22 wins, I sure was proud to be part of the 23rd Saturday,” Sam Houston head coach K. C. Keeler said. “It was an exciting win against a good football team.”
The Bearkats set school records for most total offense (685 yards) and most total plays (105).

North Dakota State took over the No. 1 ranking in The Sports Network FCS poll. Eastern Washington, preseason No. 1 for The Sports Network, dropped to No.2 The national champion Bison were voted No. 1 in the NCAA Coaches’ preseason poll

Two Southland Conference teams are rated in the top 10.

Defending league champion Southeastern Louisiana remains No. 3 in both rankings. McNeese State is rated No. 6 by the coaches and No. 7 by The Sports Network.

Sam Houston, Southeastern Louisiana and McNeese all three earned FCS national playoff berths last year.

Two other Southland members, Central Arkansas and Abilene Christian received votes.

Sam Houston State takes on LSU at the enlarged 102,000 seat Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. The game will be telecast on the new SEC-TV Network. Kickoff is at 6:39 p.m.

THE SPORTS NETWORK
1 North Dakota St. 1-0 3830
2 Eastern Washington 2-0 3804
3 SOUTHEASTERN LA 1-0 3553
4 Montana 0-1 3064
5 Coastal Carolina 1-0 3028
6 New Hampshire 0-1 2998
7 McNEESE STATE 0-0 2661
8 Northern Iowa 0-1 2634
9 Jacksonville St. 0-1 2580
10 Villanova 0-1 2488
11 Fordham 1-0 2423
12 South Dakota St 0-1 2242
13 Chattanooga 0-1 1793
14 Tennessee St 1-0 1702
15 SAM HOUSTON 1-1 1484
16 Eastern Illinois 0-1 1402
17 Richmond 1-0 1323
18 Bethune-Cookman 1-0 1109
19 Furman 1-0 1004
20 Montana State 0-1 965
21 William & Mary 0-1 945
22 Towson 0-1 829
23 Youngstown St. 0-1 540
24 Maine 1-0 469
25 Northern Arizona 0-1 352

NCAA COACHES POLL
1 North Dakota St. 1-0 636
2 Eastern Washington 2-0 615
3 SOUTHEASTERN LA 1-0 542
4 Coastal Carolina 1-0 510
5 Montana 0-1 505
6 McNEESE STATE 0-0 452
7 Villanova 0-1 445
8 New Hampshire 0-1 426
9 Jacksonville St. 0-1 413
10 Fordham 1-0 360
11 South Dakota St. 0-1 341
12 Northern Iowa 0-1 327
13 SAM HOUSTON 1-1 323
14 Eastern Illinois 0-1 289
15 Chattanooga 0-1 278
16 Tennessee St 1-0 234
17 Furman 1-0 229
18 Bethune-Cookman 1-0 216
19 Towson 0-1 193
20 Richmond 1-0 174
21 Youngstown St. 0-1 147
22 Maine 1-0 144
23 Montana St. 0-1 128
24 William & Mary 0-1 80
24 Southern Illinois 1-0 49


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