WVU Leads Lambert Trophy Voting

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), in conjuction with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, has announced the first ECAC/Lambert Football Poll for the 2006 season – and the Big East holds the top four spots.

No. 5 West Virginia (6-0, 1-0) is first, followed by No. 7 Louisville (6-0, 1-0), No. 19 Rutgers (6-0, 1-0) and unranked Pitt (6-1, 2-0). The ACC's Boston College and the Big Ten's Penn State are fifth and sixth, respectively.

The poll will be weekly thoughout the season with the final poll released the first week of January. The ECAC will conduct the weekly poll in each of the four divisions (Division I-A, I-AA, II and III) and the final poll distributed in early January will determine the trophy winners. The teams will be presented with their awards at the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet at the Pegasus Restaurant at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

Established in 1936 as the "Lambert Trophy" to recognize supremacy in eastern college football, the award has since grown to recognize the best team in the East in Divisions I-A. The Lambert Cup will be awarded to Divisions I-AA, II and III teams. To be eligible for the Lambert Meadowlands Award, a school must be located in the East or play half of its schedule against eligible Lambert teams. The territory includes New York, New Jersey, New England and Pennsylvania while teams in the bordering states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the District of Columbia qualify if half of their schedule features eligible teams.

ECAC/Lambert Division I-A Football Poll, with overall record, first-place votes and points: 1. West Virginia, 6-0, (7), 70; 2. Louisville, 6-0, 63; 3. Rutgers, 6-0, 50; 4. Pittsburgh, 6-1, 49; 5. Boston College, 5-1, 37.

Six. Penn State, 4-3, 36; 7. Navy, 5-2, 31; 8. South Florida, 5-2, 23; 9. Cincinnati, 3-4, 10; 10. Syracuse, 3-4, 7. Umass leads in the I-AA poll, while Bloomsburg and Cortland are first in Division II and III, respectively.

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