UAlbany Football Ranked 24th In FCS Coaches Poll



ALBANY, N.Y. -- With a 5-1 record and 3-0 mark in Northeast Conference play this fall, the University at Albany football team cracked into the Top-25 in the FCS Coaches Poll Monday, ranking 24th in the nation, after receiving votes through the first five weeks of the season.

Undefeated in conference play and on a three-game win-streak, the Great Danes are off to their best start since 2001 and have been completely dominant in their victories. Averaging a league-best 35.8 points per game, UAlbany's five wins have been by no less than a 10-point margin and by as high as 31 points, while the only loss was by a touchdown to a top-10 ranked Youngstown State team.

Besides finishing 2011 ranked 23rd in the Coaches Poll, the last time the  Great Danes were ranked in the regular season was 2006 when UAlbany overcame No. 11 Delaware and No. 23 Central Connecticut State in weeks three and four, respectively. Heading into Week 5 of '06, UAlbany earned a No. 23 rank in both the Coaches and The Sports Network Top-25 polls.

The Great Danes, led by Head Coach Bob Ford in his 40th varsity season, are back in action Saturday, hosting Saint Francis (Pa.) for Homecoming. Kickoff at University Field is at 1:00 p.m. The game will be aired live on Time Warner in the Capital Region.

Week Six Poll - October 8, 2012

Team (No. 1 Votes) 2012 Record Points Previous Ranking
1. North Dakota State (26) 5-0 650 1
2. Montana State 6-0 622 2
3. Old Dominion 5-0 594 4
4. Wofford 5-0 558 5
5. James Madison 4-1 526 6
6. Eastern Washington 4-1 524 7
7. Georgia Southern 4-1 484 8
8. Sam Houston State 3-2 449 9
9. Youngstown State 4-1 441 3
10. Lehigh 6-0 424 10
11. Stony Brook 5-1 374 13
12. Appalachian State 4-2 340 14
13. New Hampshire 4-2 304 17
14. Cal Poly 5-0 284 19
15. McNeese State 4-1 251 18
16. Illinois State 5-1 236 11
17. Central Arkansas 4-2 201 20
18. Northern Arizona 4-1 195 21
19. Towson 2-3 193 12
20. Tennessee State 6-0 170 24
21. Harvard 4-0 144 23
22. Delaware 4-2 114 15
23. Eastern Kentucky 4-2 86 16
24. Albany 5-1 73 NR
25. Alabama A&M 6-0 40 NR

Others Receiving Votes: South Dakota State (29), Samford (28), Northern Iowa (26), The Citadel (22), Montana (19), Jacksonville State (16), Indiana State (10), Maine (9), UT Martin (6), Bethune-Cookman (2), Sacramento State (2).