August 24, 2010

Football Team Earns Another Preseason Ranking

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross football team has been ranked 25th in the nation by the FCS coaches in their 2010 preseason poll for the football championship subdivision. The Crusaders were previously ranked 25th in the Sports Network / Fathead.com preseason poll, which was released last week.

Holy Cross received 66 total points in the poll, to tie for 25th place with Cal Poly. The only Crusader opponent in the rankings was Colgate, which received 98 points to rank 22nd. Other Holy Cross opponents to receive votes were Massachusetts (24), Harvard (10), Lehigh (8) and Lafayette (4).

The Crusaders return 12 of 24 starters from their 2009 squad which posted an overall record of 9-3, won the Patriot League title with a 5-1 mark in conference games, and advanced to the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 1983. Holy Cross is scheduled to open the 2010 season when it plays host to Howard in a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday, Sept. 4.

The complete 2010 preseason FCS coaches' poll follows.

 

 

 

 

2010 FCS Coaches Preseason Poll (August 23, 2010)

Team (No. 1 Votes)                       2009 Record           Points              2009 Final Ranking
1.      Villanova  (22)                            14-1                     667                              1
2.      Montana  (2)                              14-1                     632                              2
3.      Appalachian State  (4)                11-3                     622                              T3
4.      William & Mary                          11-3                     587                              T3
5.      Southern Illinois                         11-2                     551                               6
6.      Richmond                                  11-2                     484                              5
7.      Elon                                           9-3                      474                             10
8.      Stephen F. Austin                      10-3                     413                              9
9.      New Hampshire                          10-3                     409                              7
10.     South Dakota State                    8-4                      403                              11
11.     McNeese State                          9-3                      376                              12
12.     South Carolina State                  10-2                     341                              8
13.     Northern Iowa                             7-4                      333                              18
14.     Eastern Washington                   8-4                      327                              13
15.     James Madison                          6-5                      290                              NR
16.     Eastern Illinois                            8-4                      236                              15
17.     Jacksonville State                       8-3                      208                              16
18.     Weber State                               7-5                     186                               17
19.     Delaware                                    6-5                     185                               NR
20.     Liberty                                        8-3                     171                              21
21.     Prairie View A&M                        9-1                     135                              19
22.     Colgate                                      9-2                      98                               20
23.     Northern Arizona                         5-6                      87                               NR
24.     Montana State                            7-4                      85                               NR
T25.   Cal-Poly                                     4-7                      66                               NR
T25.   Holy Cross                                 9-3                      66                               14

Others receiving votes (points in parentheses): Penn (60), Illinois State (54), Texas State (53), Florida A&M (44), Furman (36), Eastern Kentucky (35), Wofford (35), UC Davis (32), Massachusetts (24), Georgia Southern (23), Alabama A&M (22), Jackson State (19), Maine (19), Alcorn State (17), Southeastern Louisiana (16), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (16), Southern (15), Central Arkansas (14), Morgan State (14), Hampton (12), Bethune-Cookman (11), Harvard (10), Missouri State (10), Nicholls State (10), Sam Houston State (9), Grambling (8), Alabama State (6), Lehigh (8), Youngstown State (6), Texas Southern (5), Albany (4), Lafayette (4), Butler (3), Mississippi Valley State (3), Southern Utah (3), Central Connecticut State (2), Stony Brook (2), Chattanooga (1), Gardner-Webb (1)