Dukes Drop to 8th in Sports Network Poll

Duquesne's football team, ranked fifth in The Sports Network preseason mid-major poll, dropped three places in Tuesday's listing. Check out last week's scores and schedules for all the teams in FCS mid-major conferences. MAAC awards were also announced today. ...

Div. I-AA/FCS Appalachian State's 34-32 upset win over the Big 10's Michigan was covered but just about every news outlet.

But did you know that mid-major Drake, which will host Duquesne in a men's basketball tournament later in the fall, beat Illinois State, a regular FCS member in the Gateway Conference with Youngstown State?

Drake, at number 159, has the highest rank of any mid-major in Jeff Sagarin's football statistics. The tops in I-AA (FCS) -- yep ASU at number 38, just above Alabama.

None of the other schools "played up" this past week came away with an upset. And many others took on NAIA or Divisions II/III teams.

The number one team in TSN's mid-major poll, San Diego, grabbed a 42-32 win at Azusa Pacific (CA) of the NAIA.

Two mid-major teams, Morehead State and Saint Francis, have yet to start their seasons. Both will do so, against each other, in Loretto, Pa. this upcoming Saturday.

One school won all three MAAC awards this week. Check below for oldest college conference. -->


    Beginning this season, the NCAA has news names for Div. I football teams. Division I-A is now the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Div. I-AA is the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

    Three conferences in the FCS are treated a little differently. They are called mid-majors because their schools either don't award athletic scholarships, or, as the Northeastern Conference started last year, award a limited number of these non-academic scholarships. (Duquesne plans to issue 16 scholies in football when the program joins the NEC in 2008.)

    The top mid-major team gets The Sports Network Cup. In 2006 it was San Diego.

FCS Mid-Major Scores and Schedules
Saturday, August 30 - September 1, 2007
Listed conference teams in red
Jeff Sagarin rating in parenthesis

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Winner Opponent Score Next Up for MAAC Team
Iona (237)Delaware Valley (Div. III) 14-12 hosts Wagner
Bucknell (184)Duquesne (221) 28-19 off
Ursinus (Div. III)La Salle (242) 28-0 at Sacred Heart
Lafayette (166) Marist (233) 49-10 at San Diego

Northeast Conference

Winner Opponent Score Next Up for NEC team
Sacred Heart (228) Assumption (Div. II) 41-20 hosts La Salle
Wagner (231) W. Conn. St. (Div. III)20-7 at Iona
Colgate (173) Albany (200) 13-11 at Fordham (184)
Towson (180) Central Conn. St. (212) 20-10 hosts Merrimac (Div. II)
Dayton (204) Robert Morris (227) 23-12 at Monmouth
Maine (136) Monmouth (193)21-14 hosts Robert Morris

Pioneer League

Winner Opponent Score Next Up for PFL Team
Butler (240) *Albion (Div. III) 42-14 at Hanover (Div. III)(9/8)
Davidson (226)N.C. Pembroke (Div. II) 31-21 at Wingate (Div. II)
Dayton (204) Robert Morris (227) 23-12 hosts Urbanna (+Div. II)
Drake (159) Illinois State (171) 27-24 hosts NAIA Waldorf
San Diego (161) Azusa Pacific (NAIA) 42-32 hosts Marist
Valpariso (239) St. Francis (IL) (NAIA) 28-21 at NAIA Trinity International
Bethune-Cookman (201) Jacksonville (229) 31-17 at Gardner-Webb (196)


* Albion is a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), America's oldest collegiate athletic conference. This is MIAA's 120th year. Albion is a charter member and the only school to hold continous membership. <--
+ Transitioning from NAIA to Div. II

The Sports Network FCS Top-10 Mid-Major Poll
September 4, 2007

No. Team (First-place votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1. San Diego Toreros (15) 1-0 229 1
2. Drake Bulldogs (11) 1-0 227 2
3. Albany Great Danes 0-1 146 3
4. Dayton Flyers 1-0 136 9
5. Monmouth Hawks 0-1 129 4
6. Davidson Wildcats 1-0 95 8
7. Central Conn State Blue Devils 0-1 85 6
8. Duquesne Dukes 0-1 83 5
9. Stony Brook Seawolves 1-0 48 NR
10. Robert Morris Colonials 0-1 38 7

Others receiving votes (in order of points):

  Jacksonville   17 
  Iona           14
  Valparaiso      3
  Butler          2
  Sacred Heart    1


  • Preseason rankings - more
  • Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette has not issued a poll so far this season

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Weekly Awards
September 4, 2007

For more information: MAAC press release

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