Sept. 16, 2013
Sports Network Top 25 | FCS Coaches Poll
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After beating a top-10 and FBS opponent in the last two weeks, Fordham saw its hard work rewarded Monday when the Rams came in at No. 21 in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches Poll national rankings.
Fordham cracked the polls for the first time since 2007, when the Rams won the Patriot League and advanced to the FCS playoffs. The Patriot League has two teams in both polls for the first time since Lehigh and Colgate were ranked at the end of the 2012 regular season.
The Rams have earned recognition the hard way in the past two weeks with a pair of big victories. Fordham knocked off No. 8/11 Villanova 27-24 at home on Sept. 7, and improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1988 with a 30-29 upset at Temple on Saturday. The victory over the Owls was the sixth this season for an FCS school against an FBS team from a BCS automatic-qualification conference.
Meanwhile, Lehigh held steady in the rankings as it inched up to No. 18 in the FCS Coaches Poll and remained at No. 22 in The Sports Network. Lehigh was ranked in the FCS top 25 polls for the 35th consecutive week, the sixth-longest streak in the nation.
Both teams will put their rankings on the line against Ivy League opponents on Saturday. Fordham plays host to Columbia at 1 p.m. on Patriot League Network, while Lehigh visits Princeton at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
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