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JSU Football Climbs to No. 12 in FCS Top 25 Football Polls

Jacksonville State continues to climb in both major Football Championship Subdivision Football Top 25 polls following its 38-30 road win at Murray State last Saturday to remain undefeated in Ohio Valley Conference play.

The Gamecocks, 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the OVC, are No. 12 in both The Sports Network/Fathead.com Poll and the FCS Coaches Poll released on Monday. JSU moved up two spots in The Sports Network/Fathead.com poll and one spot in the FCS Coaches Poll.

Georgia Southern remained the No. 1 team in both polls, followed by Northern Iowa second and Montana State third in both polls.

Jax State has now been ranked for 36 straight weeks in the Top 25 polls, which is the longest such stretch in the school's 108-year history and is now 51-15 against OVC competition to post the best conference winning percentage among active schools of any team in the FCS.

JSU posted its third straight game with 400-or more yards of total offense after finishing with 486 yards at Murray State last week. It was the 56th times (out of 68 games) the Gamecocks have rolled up at least 300 yards against OVC foes.

The Gamecock defense also had it's best-ever rush defense against the Racers last week, allowing just 11 rushing yards. It was the 31st time Jax State has held an opponent to 100 rushing yards or less since joining the OVC in 2003.

The Gamecocks have an open date on Saturday and return to action on Oct. 15 at Austin Peay, the second of three straight road games. JSU returns to Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium on Oct. 29 against Tennessee Tech for Homecoming and kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

FCS COACHES POLL
(October 3, 2011)
Team (No. 1 Votes) Record Points Last Week
1. Georgia Southern (26) 4-0 698 1
2. Northern Iowa (2) 3-1 666 2
3. Montana State 4-1 638 4
4. Wofford 3-1 611 T6
5. North Dakota State 4-0 597 T6
6. James Madison 4-1 549 8
7. New Hampshire 3-1 516 9
8. Appalachian State 3-2 495 3
9. William & Mary 3-2 471 T10
10. Leigh 4-1 407 14
11. Delaware 3-2 396 5
12. Jacksonville State 4-1 382 13
13. McNeese State 3-1 339 15
14. Montana 3-2 323 16
15. Sam Houston State 4-0 312 18
16. Richmond 3-2 278 T10
17. Southern Illinois 2-2 211 12
18. South Dakota 3-2 205 21
19. Indiana State 4-1 204 23
20. North Dakota 3-2 124 24
21. Tennessee Tech 4-1 84 NR
22. Southern Utah 3-2 83 19
23.Chattanooga 2-3 81 17
24. Coastal Carolina 3-1 64 NR
25. Jackson State 4-1 49 NR
Others receiving votes: Maine (42); Old Dominion (39); Massachusetts (31); Harvard (24); South Dakota State (17); Jacksonville (16); Sacramento State (16); Liberty (14); Towson (14); Duquesne (12); Stephen F. Austin (12); Norfolk State (10); Illinois State (9); Butler (6); UC Davis (6); Holy Cross (6); Cal Poly (5); South Carolina State (4); Youngstown State (4); Eastern Washington (3); Alabama State (2); Florida A&M (2); Brown (1); Bucknell (1); Elon (1).

THE SPORTS NETWORK/FATHEAD.COM POLL
(October 3, 2011)
1. Georgia Southern Eagles (128)  4-0 3,878 1
2. Northern Iowa Panthers (19)  3-1 3,722 2
3. Montana State Bobcats (3)  4-1 3,521 4
4. North Dakota State Bison (7)  4-0 3,418 5
5. Wofford Terriers  3-1 3,293 8
6. New Hampshire Wildcats  3-1 3,060 7
7. James Madison Dukes  4-1 3,014 9
8. Appalachian State Mountaineers  3-2 2,648 3
9. William & Mary Tribe  3-2 2,372 11
10. Lehigh Mountain Hawks  4-1 2,322 13
11. Sam Houston State Bearkats  4-0 2,136 16
12. Jacksonville State Gamecocks  4-1 2,135 14
13. Delaware Blue Hens  3-2 2,033 6
14. Richmond Spiders  3-2 1,667 10
15. McNeese State Cowboys  3-1 1,632 18
16. Montana Grizzlies  3-2 1,446 19
17. Indiana State Sycamores  4-1 1,127 24
18. South Dakota Coyotes  3-2 1,096 21
19. Maine Black Bears  3-1 1,041 NR
20. Southern Illinois Salukis  2-2 985 12
21. Old Dominion Monarchs  4-1 658 NR
22. Southern Utah Thunderbirds  3-2 540 17
23. Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles  4-1 524 NR
24. Chattanooga Mocs  2-3 469 15
25. Towson Tigers  3-1 464 23
Others receiving votes: North Dakota 334, Alabama State 262, Massachusetts 203, Jackson State 181, Norfolk State 153, Sacramento State 112, Portland State 89, Holy Cross 47, South Carolina State 39, Central Arkansas 34, Coastal Carolina 33, Youngstown State 30, Liberty 30, South Dakota State 24, Bethune-Cookman 21, Furman 21, Weber State 20, Elon 19, Duquesne 17, Harvard 15, The Citadel 13, San Diego 12, Hampton 10, Eastern Washington 10, Yale 9, Northwestern State 9, Western Illinois 8, Albany 8, Illinois State 8, Eastern Kentucky 7, Bucknell 7, Jacksonville 7, Cal Poly 6, UC Davis 6, Cornell 4, Stony Brook 4, Lamar 3, Rhode Island 2, Robert Morris 2, Penn 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, Murray State 1, Austin Peay 1, UT Martin 1.

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