PHILADELPHIA – The University of New Hampshire football team has jumped four spots to No. 6 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 poll released Monday. The Wildcats (1-0), who defeated Central Connecticut State, 33-3, in their season-opening game Saturday, received two first-place votes and are one of three CAA teams in the top 10 and six conference members in the poll.
Montana supplants Villanova as the new No. 1 team in the rankings after the Grizzlies routed Western State, 73-2, while now second-ranked 'Nova fell to FBS opponent Temple, 31-24. Appalachian State remains No. 3, followed by Southern Illinois and Jacksonville State, which leaped 12 spots after stunning Mississippi, 49-48, in double overtime. Richmond follows UNH at No. 7, with Elon, South Dakota State and Stephen F. Austin rounding out the top 10.
William & Mary dropped seven spots to No. 11 after dropping a 27-23 decision at UMass, which broke into the poll at No. 18 this week. The other ranked CAA schools are James Madison (No. 12) and Delaware (No. 16).
The Top 25 will be released every Monday afternoon during the regular season, apart from the final weekend when it will be released on Sunday, Nov. 21, due to its use as an official tool by the NCAA Division I Football Committee in selecting the 20-team playoff field.
The Sports Network and Fathead.com will release a final Top 25 following the FCS championship game, which will be held Jan. 7 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.
The next UNH home football game is Saturday, Sept. 25, against Lehigh at 12 p.m. For tickets to all home football games, CLICK HERE, visit the Whittemore Center box office weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or call 1-800-745-3000.