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.
Saturday, August 30 - September 1, 2007
Listed conference teams in red
Jeff Sagarin rating in parenthesis
|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
|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
|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
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
September 4, 2007
- Offensive Player of the Week: Dane Samuels, Iona, Sr. RB
- Defensive Player of the Week: Adam Lipski, Iona, SR, LB
- Rookie of the Week: Caesar Sanchez, Iona, RS FR, RB
For more information: MAAC press release