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NAU Ranked No. 23 in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 College Football Poll

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Northern Arizona football team is ranked 23rd in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 College Football Poll released today. The Lumberjacks finished second in the Big Sky Conference last year, and earned an at-large bid to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs. The Lumberjacks finished the 2013 season ranked 15th in The Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls.

NAU was ranked as high as No. 8 in The Sports Network poll and No. 9 in the FCS Coaches poll, respectively during last season. The Lumberjacks were a solid force at home, finishing the regular season undefeated at the Walkup Skydome.

Head coach Jerome Souers and the Lumberjack football team snapped a 10-year drought from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs, as they earned an at-large bid versus South Dakota State in the first round. The Lumberjacks finished the regular season 9-2 for the first time since 1996.

The Lumberjacks closed out their season with an FCS-best eight defensive touchdowns, and had 19 players earn a total of 21 All-Big Sky honors, in addition to eight All-American honors.

The Lumberjacks were voted No. 25 in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll that was released this past Monday.

 

The Sports Network FCS Top 25

 

College Football Poll

 

Team (First-place votes)

2013 Record

Points

Previous Rank

1.

Eastern Washington Eagles (82)

12-3

3589

3

2.

North Dakota State Bison (62)

15-0

3540

1

3.

Southeastern Louisiana Lions (2)

11-3

3300

6

4.

New Hampshire Wildcats (1)

10-5

3090

5

5.

Montana Grizzlies

10-3

2817

8

6.

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

11-4

2634

10

7.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

12-3

2461

7

8.

McNeese State Cowboys

10-3

2277

11

9.

Northern Iowa Panthers

7-5

2197

NR

10.

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

9-5

2154

13

11.

Fordham Rams

12-2

2139

9

12.

Villanova Wildcats

6-5

2072

NR

13.

Towson Tigers

13-3

1999

2

14.

Chattanooga Mocs

8-4

1647

23

15.

Tennessee State Tigers

10-4

1448

17

16.

Eastern Illinois Panthers

12-2

1375

4

17.

Sam Houston State Bearkats

9-5

1345

14

18.

Montana State Bobcats

7-5

1170

20

19.

William & Mary Tribe

7-5

1151

NR

20.

Richmond Spiders

6-6

963

NR

21.

Furman Paladins

8-6

802

22

22.

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

10-3

475

16

23.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

9-3

429

15

24.

Youngstown State Penguins

8-4

405

18

25.

Maine Black Bears

10-3

330

12

 
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