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Football Up To No. 7 In Poll
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Release: 10/17/2011
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After a 47-7 Homecoming victory over Nicholls State, Sam Houston State has jumped to No. 7 in the Sports Network NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national poll.

The Bearkats and No. 1 Georgia Southern stand as the only two unbeaten FCS teams this season. Sam Houston is off to a 6-0 season start for the first since since 1964 and only the third time in the university's 97 years of college football.

Sam Houston stands atop the Southland Conference with a 3-0 league record that includes victories over Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin and Nicholls.

Sam Houston's non-conference victories this year came against Western Illinois (an NCAA FCS playoff quarterfinalist in 2010), FBS Mountain West Conference member New Mexico, and FCS independent UTSA.

Sam Houston stands now as the only Southland team in the Sports Network FCS Top 25 after McNeese State dropped out of the poll following a 21-18 loss to Central Arkansas.

The Bearkats and the Cowboys meet this Saturday at Lake Charles, La., in a 7 p.m. contest.

Sam Houston cracked the Top 25 for the first time this year after the win over No. 18 Central Arkansas Sept. 17.

Before the UCA win, Sam Houston had gone 55 weeks out of the poll, the longest drought since the Bearkats went from Oct. 16, 1994 to Sept. 4, 2000. Ironically, it was a 35-14 loss to Central Arkansas that knocked Sam Houston out of the polls in 2007. Sam Houston's highest national ranking ever was 3rd on Nov. 8 and Dec. 20 in 2004.

The Bearkats stood No. 20 after the UCA win, No. 16 after defeating New Mexico and No. 10 following the victory over Stephen F. Austin at Reliant Stadium.

2011 FCS Sports Network Week 7 Poll (October 17, 2011)

Team (No. 1 Votes) 

Record 

Points

Last Week

1. Ga Southern (125)

6-0

3,871

1

2. No Iowa (18)

5-1

3,732

2

3. No Dakota St (9) 

6-0

3,509

4

4. Montana State (2)

6-1

3,502

3

5. Wofford (3)

5-1

3,354

3

6. Appalachian State 

4-2

2,957

6

7. Sam Houston State

6-0

2,808

10

8. Lehigh

6-1

2,795

8

9. Maine

 5-1

2,481

12

10. Jacksonville State 

 5-1

2,480

11

11. James Madison

5-2

2,275

12

12. Montana

5-2

2,083

14

13. New Hampshire

4-2

2,062

6

14. William & Mary

4-3

1,882

16

15. Towson

5-1

1,795

17

16. Delaware

4-3

1,371

9

17. Indiana State

5-2

1,235

21

18. Richmond

3-3

 843

20

19. Alabama State

6-1

 768

24

20. North Dakota

4-2

 747

 

21. Old Dominion

5-2

 671

18

22. Massachusetts

4-2

 668

NR

23. Jackson State

6-1

 529

25

24. Norfolk State

6-1

 511

NR

25. South Dakota

4-3

 477

15

Others receiving votes: Texas State 217, Tennessee Tech 211, Liberty 150, Chattanooga 135, Sacramento State 111, Central Arkansas 109, San Diego 104, Harvard 98, Samford 93, McNeese Sate 79, Illinois State 41, Weber State 36, South Carolina State 30, Eastern Washington 30, Brown 23, Cal Poly 22, Albany 19, Coastal Carolina 17, Furman 16, Tennessee State 13, Elon 10, Alabama A&M 9, Jacksonville 8, Stony Brook 8, Portland State 6, South Alabama 4, North Carolina A&T 4, Southern Utah 3, Southern Illinois 3, Penn 3, Sacred Heart 2, Northwestern State 2, Murray State 1, Alcorn State 1, UT Martin 1

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