Rising in the Missouri Valley, Youngstown State is No. 6 - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Sports Network Press Release

Rising in the Missouri Valley, Youngstown State is No. 6

Updated:

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - The ranked teams in the Missouri Valley Football Conference performed so well this past weekend that Northern Iowa lost its game but still rose in The Sports Network FCS Top 25 on Monday.

It didn't hurt that the Panthers put a scare into reigning Big Ten champion Wisconsin during the opening weekend of college football.

And the biggest move in the Top 25 belonged to Youngstown State, which moved up seven spots to No. 6 on the heels of its 31-17 triumph at Pittsburgh - the Missouri Valley's first win against a Big East school.

Along with No. 2 North Dakota State, which opened defense of its 2011 FCS national title with a 52-0 rout of Robert Morris, and No. 8 Northern Iowa, which fell at Wisconsin, 26-21, the Missouri Valley has three teams among the top eight in the poll.

Overall, the Missouri Valley has five teams in the Top 25 - one fewer than CAA Football. Illinois State moved up one spot to No. 18 after beating Dayton, 56-14, while Indiana State remained at No. 23 following a 24-17 loss at Big Ten member Indiana.

The top five teams in the poll were unchanged from the preseason poll, each representing a different conference.

No. 1 Sam Houston State was the lone team in that group to have a bye in Week 1. The Bearkats, who lost to North Dakota State in the national championship game last season, received 87 of 164 first-place votes and 3,985 points to hold onto the top spot.

The defending Southland Conference champions will open their season on Saturday by hosting Incarnate Word.

After North Dakota State (1-0) remained at No. 2, Georgia Southern (1-0) was at No. 3 following a 58-0 victory over Jacksonville. Then it was No. 4 Montana State (1-0), which beat Chadron State, 33-6, and No. 5 James Madison (1-0), which handled St. Francis (Pa.), 55-7.

No. 6 Youngstown State (1-0), which received seven first-place votes in Monday's poll, never trailed in its win over Pittsburgh. Kurt Hess threw for two touchdowns and Andre Stubbs rushed for one and caught one.

The Penguins won four FCS (then Division I-AA) national championship during the 1990s, and Monday's ranking was their highest since they were No. 6 in the Sept. 10, 2007 poll.

"We've got to move on. We've got bigger fish to fry. And that's what we're measured by," coach Eric Wolford said after the win over Pittsburgh.

Old Dominion (1-0) was ranked No. 7, followed by No. 8 Northern Iowa (0-1); No. 9 Eastern Washington (1-0), which impressed with a 20-3 win at Western Athletic Conference member Idaho; and No. 10 Wofford (1-0).

Next up were No. 11 Appalachian State (0-1) and No. 12 Montana (1-0), two perennial national powers who will meet in the regular season for the first time Saturday in Boone, N.C.

They were followed by No. 13 Towson (0-1), No. 14 New Hampshire (1-0), No. 15 Delaware (1-0), No. 16 Lehigh (1-0), No. 17 Stony Brook (1-0), No. 18 Illinois State (1-0), No. 19 Stephen F. Austin (1-0) and No. 20 Maine, which will begin its season Saturday at Boston College.

Rounding out the Top 25 were No. 21 Eastern Kentucky (0-1); No. 22 McNeese State (1-0), which moved into the ranking after posting a 27-21 win at Sun Belt Conference member Middle Tennessee; No. 23 Indiana State (0-1); No. 24 Jacksonville State (0-1); and No. 25 Central Arkansas (0-1).

UT Martin, the fourth and final FCS team to beat an FBS school this past weekend - 20-17 over Conference USA member Memphis - collected the third-most votes outside the Top 25.

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the Top 25. A first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.

During the regular season, the Top 25 will be released every Monday afternoon, except for the final weekend of the regular season, when it will be released Sunday morning, Nov. 18, prior to the selection of the FCS playoff field.

The Sports Network will release a final Top 25 following the FCS championship game, which will be held Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek

    Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:09:34 GMT
    Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek.More >>
    Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek.More >>
  • Ohio police: Wedding guest tries to steal gifts

    Ohio police: Wedding guest tries to steal gifts

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds. Officers were called to the wedding reception late Saturday night after workers noticed that a safe had been emptied out. Police say about $6,800 was found in unopened wedding cards inside a tuxedo garment bag belonging to one of the guests. A police report says surveillance video showed a man entering the office and later walking out with the garment bag. The man told police he...More >>
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds. Officers were called to the wedding reception late Saturday night after workers noticed that a safe had been emptied out. Police say about $6,800 was found in unopened wedding cards inside a tuxedo garment bag belonging to one of the guests. A police report says surveillance video showed a man entering the office and later walking out with the garment bag. The man told police he...More >>
  • Flying club remembers 4 killed in Ohio plane crash

    Flying club remembers 4 killed in Ohio plane crash

    CLEVELAND (AP) - Members of a flying club held a candlelight vigil to remember four Ohio college students killed a week ago when a small plane crashed just after taking off near Cleveland. Friends and family members were among the 80 people who gathered Sunday night near the crash site in Willoughby Hills. Federal officials say the pilot of the plane reported he was having trouble climbing just after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. All four people aboard the plane were stude...More >>
    CLEVELAND (AP) - Members of a flying club held a candlelight vigil to remember four Ohio college students killed a week ago when a small plane crashed just after taking off near Cleveland. Friends and family members were among the 80 people who gathered Sunday night near the crash site in Willoughby Hills. Federal officials say the pilot of the plane reported he was having trouble climbing just after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. All four people aboard the plane were stude...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms