Sam Houston No. 4 in this weeks FCS Polls

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Sam Houston moved up to No. 4 in both the Sports Network and NCAA Coaches FCCS national rankings Monday.
The Bearkats extended their FCS best consecutive home winning streak to 17 games Saturday with a 52-21 victory over Incarnate Word.
Eastern Washington, the Kats’ opponent at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium this weekend, stands No. 2 in the Sports Network polls and No. 3 in the NCAA Coaches rankings.
The match-up between EWU and SHSU has been called the FCS non-conference “Game of the Year” by Sports Network, the premier FCS national sports media outlet.
The two teams met in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs last year with Sam Houston winning a 45-42 thriller to advance to the NCAA Division I championship finals in Frisco for the second year in a row. Eastern Washington won the 2010 FCS national championship.
North Dakota State, the two-time defending FCS champion, remains No. 1 in both polls after shutting out Delaware State, 51-0, Saturday.
Two other Southland Conference teams are ranked. McNeese, now 4-0, is No. 9 in both polls while Central Arkansas (3-1) stands No. 13.
Eastern Washington’s visit to Sam Houston is not the only big FCS matchup this weekend.
No. 1 North Dakota State opens its Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule at No. 6 South Dakota State. No. 5 Northern Iowa will host No. 9 McNeese.
With Monday’s rankings, Sam Houston extends its streak of national poll appearances to 28 consecutive weeks (since Sept. 9, 2011). The Bearkats have ranked among the FCS top 10 for 24 consecutive polls.
General admission seats (priced at $15) remain for Saturday’s 2 p.m. showdown between the Bearkats and the Eagles. Tickets are available online at www.gobearkats.com and at the SHSU athletic ticket office.
The ticket office telephone is (936) 294-1729. The ticket office is located in the Ron Mafrige Field House in the south end zone of Bowers Stadium. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
On game day, the West Side ticket office at Bowers Stadium will open at 10 a.m.

Sports Network W-L Pts
1 North Dakota St. 3-0 3949
2 Eastern Washington 2-1 3669
3 Towson 4-0 3580
4 SAM HOUSTON 3-1 3415
5 Northern Iowa 3-0 3258
6 South Dakota St. 3-1 2884
7 Montana 3-0 2802
8 Eastern Illinois 3-1 2622
9 McNEESE 4-0 2529
10 New Hampshire 1-1 2428
11 Montana State 2-2 2366
12 Coastal Carolina 4-0 1809
13 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 2-2 1681
14 James Madison 3-1 1578
15 Georgia Southern* 2-1 1531
16 Fordham 4-0 1312
17 Wofford 2-2 1307
18 Cal Poly 1-2 1124
19 Villanova 1-2 966
20 Bethune-Cookman 3-1 876
21 Lehigh 3-0 821
22 Richmond 2-2 673
23 Tenn-Martin 2-1 596
24 Northern Arizona 2-1 556
25 Garder-Webb 3-1 483

NCAA Coaches Poll W-L Pts
1 North Dakota St. 3-0 650
2 Towson 4-0 616
3 Eastern Washington 2-1 598
4 SAM HOUSTON 3-1 573
5 Northern Iowa 3-0 531
6 South Dakota State 3-1 465
7 Montana 3-0 460
New Hampshire 2-1 460
9 McNEESE 4-0 409
10 Montana State 2-2 402
11 Coastal Carolina 4-0 372
12 Eastern Illinois 3-1 354
13 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 2-2 326
14 James Madison 3-1 283
15 Wofford 2-2 278
16 Fordham 4-0 217
17 Lehigh 3-0 214
18 Bethune-Cookman 3-1 179
19 Cal Poly 1-2 169
20 Richmond 2-2 156
21 Villanova 1-2 155
22 Northern Arizona 2-1 117
23 Stony Brook 1-2 107
24 Illinois State 1-2 80
25 Youngstown State 3-1 47




 
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