Eagles Finish With No. 13 Ranking in FCS

Despite first-round playoff loss, Eagles remain 13th in the final Sports Network NCAA Football Championship Subdivision poll of the 2009 season

The Eastern Washington University football team began the postseason ranked 13th, and that's the way the Eagles finished as the final NCAA Football Championship Subdivision poll for the 2009 season was announced by the Sports Network on Monday (Dec. 21).

Eastern finished the season 8-4, and also finished the year ranked 13th in the FCS Coaches poll.

Villanova was crowned the No. 1 team in the Sports Network poll after winning the FCS title last Friday (Dec. 18) with a 23-21 victory over Montana in Chattanooga, Tenn.  Villanova (14-1) was the No. 2 ranked team in the final regular season poll.

 Montana (14-1), which saw its dreams of a perfect season ruined by Villanova, moved up one place to No. 2 in the final poll.  Weber State, which also advanced to the playoffs, finished at No. 17, and Montana State received enough votes to rank 27th.

Stephen F. Austin (10-3), which knocked off the Eagles 44-33 in the playoffs on Nov. 28, finished the season ranked 10th after ranking 12th entering the postseason.

 

Final 2009 Sports Network's FCS College Football Poll

Team (First-place votes)

Record

Points

Previous Rank

1. Villanova Wildcats (101)

14-1

2,525

2

2. Montana Grizzlies

14-1

2,415

3

3. Appalachian State Mountaineers

11-3

2,385

5

4. William & Mary Tribe

11-3

2,225

6

5. Richmond Spiders

11-2

2,092

4

6. Southern Illinois Salukis

11-2

2,037

1

7. New Hampshire Wildcats

10-3

1,815

10

8. South Carolina State Bulldogs

10-2

1,685

7

9. Elon Phoenix

9-3

1,672

9

10. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

10-3

1,577

12

11. South Dakota State Jackrabbits

8-4

1,431

11

12. McNeese State Cowboys

9-3

1,391

8

13. Eastern Washington Eagles

8-4

1,150

13

14. Holy Cross Crusaders

9-3

1,111

17

15. Prairie View A&M Panthers

9-1

976

18

16. Jacksonville State Gamecocks

8-3

931

14

17. Weber State Wildcats

7-5

914

15

18. Northern Iowa Panthers

7-4

854

16

19. Eastern Illinois Panthers

8-4

736

19

20. Penn Quakers

8-2

590

21

21. Colgate Raiders

9-2

524

20

22. Liberty Flames

8-3

482

22

23. Florida A&M Rattlers

8-3

366

23

24. Lafayette Leopards

8-3

223

24

25. Texas State Bobcats

7-4

155

25

Others receiving votes: James Madison 129, Montana State 112, Delaware 89, Harvard 64, Butler 49, Eastern Kentucky 34, Central Connecticut State 29, UC Davis 28, Furman 26, Illinois State 24, Northern Arizona 21, Grambling 11, Youngstown State 8, Norfolk State 7, Stony Brook 4, Alabama A&M 3, Old Dominion 3, Central Arkansas 2, Chattanooga 1.

 

 

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