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Golden Eagles continue climb in national Top 25 polls

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Boasting a victory last week over a ranked opponent, the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle football team has taken another step up the ladder in both Football Championship Subdivision Top 25 national polls. Coach Watson Brown's team (5-2/4-1 OVC) is currently listed No. 15 on the FCS Coach's poll and No. 20 on The Sports Network/Fathead.com poll.

The Golden Eagles have three games remaining in the 2011 regular season, including two at home inTucker Stadium beginning this Saturday with a Homecoming contest against Murray State. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. After that, Tech visit Eastern Kentucky, another OVC team that is receiving votes in both polls, before closing with a home game against Austin Peay on Nov. 19.

Curiously, last week's victim Jacksonville State, remained ahead of Tech in one of the polls while slipped a couple spots back in the other. The Gamecocks are 18th in both polls.

For tickets to the game against the Racers, visit the Athletics Ticket Office in Eben Center or call (931) 372-3940.

The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top-25 College Football Poll

Team (First-place votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (133) 8-0 3,918 3
2. Montana State Bobcats (19) 8-1 3,671 4
3. Appalachian State Mountaineers (5) 6-2 3,567 5
4. Sam Houston State Bearkats (1) 8-0 3,416 6
5. Georgia Southern Eagles 7-1 3,193 1
6. Northern Iowa Panthers 6-2 3,065 2
7. Maine Black Bears 7-1 2,987 8
8. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 7-1 2,983 7
9. New Hampshire Wildcats 6-2 2,601 10
10. Montana Grizzlies 7-2 2,532 11
11. Wofford Terriers 6-2 2,443 12
12. Old Dominion Monarchs 7-2 2,163 15
13. James Madison Dukes 5-3 1,747 9
14. Towson Tigers 6-2 1,364 13
15. Jackson State Tigers 7-1 1,235 19
16. Delaware Blue Hens 5-4 1,076 21
17. Illinois State Redbirds 6-3 977 22
18. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 5-3 955 14
19. William & Mary Tribe 4-4 928 18
20. Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 5-2 926 25
21. Indiana State Sycamores 5-3 853 20
22. Liberty Flames 6-3 710 23
23. Harvard Crimson 6-1 653 24
24. South Dakota Coyotes 5-4 456 17
25. Central Arkansas Bears 6-3 414 NR

Others receiving votes: Cal Poly 346, Furman 346, Alabama State 341, Massachusetts 307, Norfolk State 187, Brown 154, Alabama A&M 135, Albany 109, North Dakota 105, Portland State 71, Southern Utah 50, Jacksonville 49, Samford 49, Chattanooga 45, Georgetown 41, Youngstown State 34, Eastern Kentucky 33, Stony Brook 30, Northwestern State 22, Duquesne 15, UT Martin 12, San Diego 12, Richmond 8, Tennessee State 7, Florida A&M 4, South Carolina State 2, Bethune-Cookman 1, Penn 1, The Citadel 1.

2011 FCS Coaches Poll

Rank School (First-place votes) Record Points Previous
1 North Dakota State (22) 8-0 693 3
2 Montana State (2) 8-1 654 4
3 Appalachian State 6-2 634 5
4 Georgia Southern (4) 7-1 602 1
5 Sam Houston State 8-0 571 7
6 Northern Iowa 6-2 570 2
7 Lehigh 7-1 541 6
8 Montana 7-2 493 8
9 Wofford 6-2 478 9
10 Maine 7-1 445 12
11 New Hampshire 6-2 442 11
12 Old Dominion 7-2 367 16
13 James Madison 5-3 308 10
14 Jackson State 7-1 263 17
15 Tennessee Tech 5-2 248 19
16 Indiana State 5-3 240 18
17 Towson 6-2 216 14
18 Jacksonville State 5-3 215 13
19 Delaware 5-4 201 20
20 Harvard 6-1 138 23
21 William & Mary 4-4 124 21
22 Liberty 6-3 111 24
23 South Dakota 5-4 101 15
24 Illinois State 6-3 85 NR
25 North Dakota 5-3 62 25

Others receiving votes: Cal Poly (52); Jacksonville (35); Norfolk State (34); Alabama State (24); Furman (20); Brown (19); Central Arkansas (19); Massachusetts (13); Youngstown State (11); Southern Utah (10); Northwestern State (9); Albany (6); Eastern Kentucky (5); Drake (4); Portland State (4); San Diego (3); Florida A&M (2); Pennsylvania (1).