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JSU frms grip on No. 1 in STATS poll, climbs in coaches

The Jacksonville State football team tightened its grip on the No. 1 spot in the STATS FCS Poll on Monday and moved up one sport to third in the FCS Coaches Poll.

Fresh off a 48-13 win over Tennessee State in the home opener for the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-0 Ohio Valley Conference) and the OVC opener for both teams, JSU improved its position in both polls. The Gamecocks made their debut at No. 1 in last week's STATS Poll and did nothing to discredit that ranking in Saturday's win.

Last week was the first time JSU had ever been ranked at the top of a poll, when it reached the top of the STATS Poll with 39 first-place votes and 3,491 total points. The Gamecocks were fourth in the Coaches Poll last week with five first-place votes and 553 points.

JSU improved its position in both, grabbing 93 first-place votes and 3,834 points in the STATS Poll, turning a 30-point lead over second place Coastal Carolina last week into a 158-point gap on Monday. The Gamecocks received three first-place votes from the coaches this week but got 591 points to jump Villanova for the third spot. Coastal Carolina is atop the Coaches Poll, just ahead of North Dakota State.

Monday marked the 20th-straight week the Gamecocks have been in the Top 10 of at least one of the FCS' two major polls. They will travel to Martin, Tenn., on Saturday for their first OVC road game of the year against UT Martin.

STATS FCS Poll (Sept. 21, 2015)
School (Record), Votes (First-Place Votes), Last
1. Jacksonville State (2-1), 3834 (93), 1
2. Coastal Carolina (3-0), 3676 (36), 2
3. North Dakota State (2-1), 3555 (17), 4
4. Illinois State (2-1), 3353 (2), 5
5. Villanova (2-1), 3346 (4), 6
6. South Dakota State (2-0), 3049 (6), 7
7. UNI (2-1), 3029, 9
8. Chattanooga (2-1), 2585, 10
9. James Madison (3-0), 2522, 12
10. Liberty (2-1), 2460, 15
11. Eastern Washington (1-2), 2358, 14
12. Sam Houston State (0-2), 1905, 3
13. Youngstown State (2-1), 1861, 16
14. Montana (1-2), 1675, 8
15. Montana State (1-1), 1612, 11
16. Fordham (2-1), 1601, 18
17. Portland State (2-0), 1446, 19
18. Eastern Kentucky (1-1), 1013, 21
19. Richmond (2-1), 993, 22
20. Cal Poly (1-2), 758, 17
21. New Hampshire (1-2), 753, 13
22. Indiana State (2-1), 723, 23
23. Southeastern Louisiana (2-1), 702, 20
24. Harvard (1-0), 549, 25
25. McNeese State (2-0), 502, NR
Others: Stony Brook (335) , William & Mary (263) , Lamar (257) , Northern Arizona (171) , North Dakota (79) , Samford (73) , South Dakota (64) , North Carolina A&T (42) , Alcorn State (41) , Western Illinois (36) , Furman (35) , Bryant (32) , Idaho State (19) , South Carolina State (8) , Towson (8) , Southern University (6) , Dartmouth (4) , Bethune-Cookman (4) , Tennessee State (4) , Southeast Missouri State (3) , Princeton (2) , Jacksonville (2) , Charleston Southern (1) , Sacred Heart (1)

FCS Coaches Poll (Sept. 21, 2015)
Team (First-Place Votes) (Record), Points, Last
1. Coastal Carolina (18) (3-0), 631, 1
2. North Dakota State (4) (2-1), 617, 2
3. Jacksonville State (3) (2-1), 591, 4
4. Villanova (2-1), 579, 3
5. Illinois State (2-1), 531, 6
6. Northern Iowa (2-1), 483, 11
7. South Dakota State (1) (2-0), 481, 8
8. James Madison (3-0), 477, 10
9. Chattanooga (2-1), 438, 12
10. Liberty (2-1), 410, 14
11. Eastern Washington (1-2), 349, 15
12. Youngstown State (2-1), 328, 16
13. Montana State (1-1), 296, 9
14. Sam Houston State (0-2), 277, 5
15. Montana (1-2), 260, 7
16. Fordham (2-1), 239, 19
17. McNeese State (2-0), 231, 21
18. Portland State (2-0), 220, 20
19. Southeastern Louisiana (2-1), 164, 17
20. Richmond (2-1), 147, 23
21. Eastern Kentucky (1-1), 126, 22
22. Cal Poly (1-2), 114, 18
23. Indiana State (2-1), 112, 25
24. New Hampshire (1-2), 78, 13
25. William & Mary, 1-1, 45, NR
Others receiving votes: Harvard (42), Northern Arizona (34), Samford (28), South Carolina State (23), Charleston Southern (21), Stony Brook (20), Towson (20), North Carolina A&T (14), Alcorn State (8), Furman (7), Lamar (5), Western Illinois (3), Jacksonville (1).
Dropped from rankings: Northern Arizona

 

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