Nov. 1, 2010
Courtesy of the Southern Conference
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Jacksonville Dolphins break into this weeks top 25 to become the first team from the Pioneer league to make an appearance in the 2010 Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll this season. The debut of a team from the Pioneer League gives twelve conferences representation in this weeks poll. The Dolphins enter the poll at No. 25.
Jacksonville (8-1) has used one of the most explosive offenses in FCS football to climb into the top 25. The Dolphins lead the nation in scoring with 45.4 points per game, and they lead the nation in total offense with 512.56 yards per game. Jacksonville is the only team in FCS football to average more than 500 yards of offense per game. The Dolphins are led by junior quarterback Josh McGregor, who threw for 347 yards and seven touchdowns in the 61-17 win over Morehead State over the weekend. The Dolphins collected their seventh straight win, which tied the school record set in 2008. The lone loss for Jacksonville this season was to Appalachian State, which is No. 1 in the poll for the eighth straight week.
The Mountaineers received 27 first-place votes and 699 total points to remain No. 1. Jacksonville State claimed the other first-place vote and 668 total points, as the Gamecocks remained No. 2. Villanova and Delaware moved up two spots to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, and William & Mary dropped a spot to round out the top five.
Eastern Washington moved up to No. 6 this week, and Wofford jumped three spots to No. 7 after defeating The Citadel 35-0 over the weekend. New Hampshire is up one this week at No. 8, while Stephen F. Austin fell six spots to No. 9 after losing 27-24 to Texas State. Southeast Missouri State is the final team in this weeks top 10.
Jacksonville is the only team new to this weeks poll, while Chattanooga was the one team to drop out of the rankings.
The twelve conferences that are represented in this weeks poll is led by the Colonial Athletic Association with seven ranked teams. The Big Sky and Missouri Valley Conferences each have three ranked teams, while the Mid-Eastern Athletic, Ohio Valley and Southern Conferences have two teams each. The Ivy and Pioneer League, and the Big South, Great West, Southland and the Southwest Athletic Conferences each have one team in this weeks poll.
FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.
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