Following a 45-10 victory over No. 21 ranked McNeese State, Sam Houston State moved up to No. 5 in both the Sports Network and NCAA Coaches polls for Division I Football Championship Subdivision play.

The Kats stood No. 6 in last week's rankings.

Sam Houston takes a four-game winning streak and a 5-2 overall record to Beaumont to take on the Lamar Cardinals Saturday at 3 p.m. in a contest to be televised on the Southland Conference TV network.

The Bearkats have now been ranked among the nation's top 25 FCS teams for 20 consecutive weeks, a program record. SHSU has stood among the top 10 teams in the poll 17 of those weeks.

During an 11-0 regular season in 2011, the Bearkats rose all the way to No. 1 going into the NCAA Division I playoffs. Sam Houston reached the national championship finals last year, ending the season at No. 2 with a 14-1 record.

Sports Network W-L Pts   NCAA Coaches Poll W-L Pts
1 Eastern Washington 6-1 4014   1 Eastern Washington 6-1 642
2 Georgia Southern 6-1 3787   2 Georgia Southern 6-1 614
3 North Dakota St. 6-1 3746   3 North Dakota St. 6-1 593
4 Montana St. 6-1 3489   4 Montana St. 6-1 552
5 SAM HOUSTON 5-2 3218   5 SAM HOUSTON 5-2 548
6 Old Dominion 6-1 3089   6 Lehigh 8-0 494
7 Wofford 6-1 3060   7 Old Dominion 6-1 493
8 Lehigh 8-0 2839   8 Wofford 6-1 473
9 James Madison 5-2 2779   9 Stony Brook 7-1 439
10 Stony Brook 7-1 2704   10 James Madison 5-2 413
11 Cal Poly 7-0 2437   11 Cal Poly 7-0 398
12 New Hampshire 6-2 2434   12 New Hampshire 6-2 370
13 Northern Arizona 6-1 2083   13 Northern Arizona 6-1 327
14 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 6-2 1654   14 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 6-2 275
15 Indiana St. 6-2 1416   15 Appalachian St. 5-3 240
16 Appalachian St. 5-3 1404   16 Delaware 5-2 228
17 Illinois St. 6-2 1394   17 Illinois St. 6-2 225
18 Eastern Kentucky 6-2 1152   18 Eastern Kentucky 6-2 172
19 Villanova 6-2 1135   19 Indiana St. 6-2 171
20 Delaware 5-2 837   20 Albany 6-1 153
21 Tennessee St. 7-1 786   21 Tennessee St. 7-1 116
22 Youngstown St. 4-3 686   22 Youngstown St. 4-3 115
23 Towson 3-4 515   23 Villanova 6-2 111
24 Albany 6-1 483   24 Harvard 5-1 56
25 Richmond 5-3 456   25 Towson 3-4 53