Lehigh's Ryan Spadola
Jan. 8, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - For the first time since 2009, multiple Patriot League teams are ranked in the final Football Championship Subdivision polls as Lehigh came in the top 20 in both national rankings and Colgate was the No. 25 team in The Sports Network poll.
The Mountain Hawks earned the No. 14 ranking in the FCS Coaches Poll, and No. 16 in The Sports Network top 25. Lehigh finishes in the polls for the third straight season after going 10-1 for the year, joining FCS national champion North Dakota State as the only one-loss teams in the nation. The Mountain Hawks were left out of the postseason despite their 10-1 finish. Lehigh ends the season ranked for a 31st consecutive week, one of the longest streaks in the country. The Mountain Hawks were No. 5/6 at the conclusion of last season, and No. 14 at the end of the 2010 season. They finished a third consecutive season with at least 10 victories.
Colgate defeated Lehigh for the Patriot League title on Nov. 10, and one week later earned its first ranking since the 2009 season. The Raiders advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2008, where they fell at Wagner in a first-round contest on Nov. 24. The Raiders had finished 8-4 on the season, with a seven-game win streak heading into the playoffs. The Raiders finished just one spot out of the top 25 in the FCS Coaches Poll.
In 2009, Holy Cross finished at No. 14 in both national rankings while Colgate was at No. 20/21 and Lafayette was No. 24/25. A Patriot League team has now finished in the top 15 of at least one national poll in four consecutive seasons.
The Sports Network top 25 and FCS Coaches Poll each had North Dakota State as a unaninmous No. 1 followed by national runner-up Sam Houston State, Georgia Southern, Eastern Washington and Montana State.