Georgia Southern soars to No. 1
Eagles receive 23 of 28 first-place votes; EWU drops to No. 10
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Georgia Southern moved into the top spot in the FCS Coaches Poll this week after beginning the 2011 season 2-0. The Eagles, who received 23 of 28 first-place votes, defeated Tusculum 62-21 Saturday night in their home opener.
Georgia Southern outscored the Pioneers 38-7 in the second half with three consecutive touchdowns after halftime. Quarterback Jaybo Shaw completed six passes for 181 yards while the Eagles’ offense rushed for 351 yards total.
Northern Iowa moved up to No. 2 this week after defeating Stephen F. Austin 34-23. Last week, the Panthers were tied with Appalachian State at No. 3. The Mountaineers remains at No. 3 following a 58-6 victory against North Carolina A&T.
Montana State and William & Mary also picked up wins this weekend earning them the No. 4 and No.5 spots, respectively.
Rounding out the top 10 are North Dakota State, Delaware, Wofford, Richmond and Eastern Washington.
Eastern Washington, the preseason favorite and last week’s No. 1 team, fell to No. 10. The Eagles trailed South Dakota 21-0 before falling 30-17.
The biggest jump in the rankings was made by Chattanooga as the Mocs surged eight spots. Chattanooga defeated Jacksonville State 38-17. The Gamecocks were ranked No. 10 in last week’s poll.
New to the poll this week are South Dakota (No. 23) and Massachusetts (No. 25). South Dakota enters the Top 25 after knocking off the former No. 1 Eastern Washington 30-17. Massachusetts defeated Holy Cros 24-16 in week one and will return to action Saturday against Rhode Island.
Falling out of the Top 25 this week are Villanova and Bethune-Cookman.
Nine conferences are represented in the poll. The Colonial Athletic Association leads the way with six teams, followed by the Southern Conference and the Big Sky with four ranked teams. The Southland and Missouri Valley both have three teams in the Top 25. The Ohio Valley, Patriot League and Big South all have one ranked team.
The 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.