Delaware Moves Up to No. 13 in The Sports Network National Poll; Improves to No. 14 in Coaches Survey
September 12, 2012
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- Thanks to an overpowering 39-14 victory over in-state rival Delaware State in the annual Route One Rivalry Saturday at Delaware Stadium, the University of Delaware football team has moved up in both The Sports Network and AFCA Coaches FCS polls.
The Blue Hens (2-0), who continue their season-opening three-game home stand vs. Bucknell this Saturday, Sept. 15, at 3:30 p.m., moved up two spots to No. 13 in The Sports Network media poll and one spot to No. 14 in the FCS coaches poll. Both polls are announced each Monday during the season.
Defending national champion North Dakota State held the top spot in both polls, earning 94 of the 161 first place votes in the TSN poll and 24 of the 26 first place votes in the coaches poll. Sam Houston State was number two in both polls, earning 61 first place votes in the TSN poll and two first place nods in the coaches poll.
In The Sports Network poll, Montana State was third followed by James Madison, Youngstown State, Old Dominion, Northern Iowa, Appalachian State, Wofford, and Eastern Washington in the top 10. Montana State and James Madison each earned one first place vote while Youngstown State hauled in four.
Georgia Southern was 11th followed by Towson, Delaware, Montana, Illinois State, Lehigh, Stony Brook, New Hampshire, McNeese State, and Eastern Kentucky in the top 20. The Citadel was at No. 21 followed by Indiana State, Stephen F. Austin, Jacksonville State, and Maine.
Delaware will face No. 17 New Hampshire on Sept. 29, No. 25 Maine on Oct. 6, No. 6 Old Dominion on Oct. 27, and No. 12 Towson on Nov. 3 this season.
In the FCS coaches poll, North Dakota State and Sam Houston were followed by Montana State, Old Dominion, James Madison, Northern Iowa, Appalachian State, Youngstown State, Wofford, and Georgia Southern in the top 10. Eastern Washington was at No. 11 followed by Montana, Lehigh, Delaware, Towson, Stony Brook, Illinois State, New Hampshire, McNeese State, Central Arkansas, Maine, Norfolk State, The Citadel, Harvard, and Eastern Kentucky.