UAlbany Football Tied For 22nd In FCS Coaches Poll

Photo: Drew Smith ranks first in the nation at the FCS level for scoring.

ALBANY, N.Y. – For the second straight week, the University at Albany football team is nationally ranked, moving from 24th to 22nd in the FCS Coaches Poll, sharing the slot with Delaware.

The Great Danes moved up two spots after overcoming conference foe Saint Francis, 36-13, in front of UAlbany’s Homecoming crowd Saturday. The Danes’ league-leading offense has been especially potent this fall with an arsenal of weapons to use, including the nation’s top scorer, Drew Smith. The tailback has recorded 15 touchdowns (14 rushing) this season, rushing for three in each of the last three games.

In the program’s FCS era, the No. 22 rank marks UAlbany’s highest position in the Coaches Poll and the first time the Great Danes have been in the Top-25 for consecutive weeks.

UAlbany enters its bye week with a 6-1 overall record and 4-0 mark in the Northeast Conference.

Team (No. 1 Votes)2012 RecordPointsPrevious Ranking
1. Eastern Washington (11) 5-1 615 6
2. James Madison (7) 5-1 608 5
3. Georgia Southern (2) 5-1 573 7
4. North Dakota State (4) 5-1 556 1
5. Montana State (1) 6-1 514 2
6. Sam Houston State (1) 4-2 510 8
7. Lehigh 7-0 462 10
8. Old Dominion 5-1 447 3
9. Wofford 5-1 439 4
10. Stony Brook 6-1 422 11
11. Appalachian State 5-2 390 12
12. Cal Poly 6-0 356 14
13. Illinois State 6-1 348 16
14. New Hampshire 5-2 329 13
15. Northern Arizona 5-1 262 18
16. Youngstown State 4-2 252 9
17. Central Arkansas 5-2 237 17
18. Tennessee State 7-0 221 20
19. Towson 3-3 184 19
20. Harvard 5-0 152 21
21. McNeese State 4-2 106 15
T-22. Delaware 4-2 100 22
T-22. Albany 6-1 100 24
24. Eastern Kentucky 5-2 93 23
25. Indiana State 5-2 56 NR

Others Receiving Votes: South Dakota State (48), Villanova (25), Sacramento State (12), Alabama A&M (7), Bethune-Cookman (7), UT Martin (7), The Citadel (4), Samford (4), Eastern Illinois (4).