UALBANY FOOTBALL BREAKS INTO NATIONAL TOP 25 FOR FIRST TIME ON DIVISION I-AA LEVEL
Albany, N.Y. - For the first time in the program’s history, the University at Albany football team is ranked in both The Sports Network and College Sporting News Division I-AA national polls. The Great Danes, who have posted victories over a pair of top-25 teams the last two weeks, make their debut at No. 23 in both national rankings. UAlbany (3-1) defeated 23rd-ranked Central Connecticut State, 19-14, last Saturday and knocked off 11th-ranked Delaware, 17-10, on Sept. 16.
“It’s thrilling to be on any top 25 list, but of course you would like to be there at the end of the season,” said UAlbany’s Bob Ford, who is second among active Division I-AA head coaches with 213 career victories. “You have to be proud of this group of kids and what they achieved at this point against a high level of competition. But it’s the old cliché, we have to take one play at a time and one game at a time.”
UAlbany has made its move into the national rankings with a swarming defensive unit. The Great Danes are 10th among I-AA teams in points allowed (12.3 ppg), 14th in total defense (246.0 ypg) and 15th in rushing defense (96.0 ypg). Linebacker Colin Disch is tied for first in the nation in tackles at 13.0 per game.
The Sports Network Division I-AA Top 25 Poll
1. New Hampshire, 2. Appalachian State, 3. Furman, 4. Montana, 5. Cal Poly, 6. Illinois State, 7. Richmond, 8. Youngstown State, 9. Massachusetts, 10. Southern Illinois, 11. North Dakota State, 12. Hampton, 13. Northern Iowa, 14. Portland State, 15. James Madison, 16. McNeese State, 17. Delaware, 18. UC-Davis, 19. Towson, 20. Eastern Illinois, 21. Western Illinois, 22. Harvard, 23. Albany, 24. Western Carolina, 25. Northern Arizona.
College Sporting News (CSN) Coaches Poll
1. New Hampshire, 2. Appalachian State, 3. Furman, 4. Montana, 5. Illinois State, 6. Richmond, 7. Cal Poly, 8. Youngstown State, 9. Southern Illinois, 10. Massachusetts, 11. Hampton, 12. North Dakota State, 13. Northern Iowa, 14. Portland State, 15. James Madison, 16. Delaware, 17. Eastern Illinois, 18. McNeese State, 19. Towson, 20. UC-Davis, 21. Harvard, 22. Western Illinois, 23. Albany, 24. Alabama A&M, 25. Georgia Southern.
Edited by Dane Pound, 04 October 2006 - 08:58 PM.