Sept. 17, 2007
A 2-0 start -- including a 41-31 victory over UC Davis last Saturday (Sept. 15) -- has earned Eastern Washington its first national ranking since 2005 in The Sports Network NCAA Football Championships Subdivision top 25 poll of sportswriters, broadcasters and sports information directors.
Eastern is ranked 25th, just one point ahead of No. 26 Delaware State. Eastern hasn't been nationally ranked since it finished the 2005 season 13th in the TSN poll. That season, Eastern was fourth in the preseason poll and was fifth in the third week of the season before suffering a 34-30 loss at Idaho State. This week, like it did in 2005, Eastern plays at Idaho State in the Big Sky Conference opener for both schools.
Besides Eastern, Big Sky Conference rival Montana is ranked second, Montana State is 18th and Northern Arizona and Portland State received enough votes to rank 33rd and 36th, respectively. Appalachian State is ranked first and received all 90 first-place votes.
In the Sagarin computer ratings, Eastern is even higher with a ranking of No. 9 among FCS schools to rank one spot ahead of No. 10 Montana. Despite losing to Eastern 41-31, UC Davis is 14th and Montana State is 15th.
Eastern is 99th overall among the total of 242 schools in NCAA Division I football (116 in FCS and 126 in the Football Bowl Subdivision). Montana is right behind EWU in 100th, with Appalachian State rated 52nd overall and first among FCS schools.
Here is a listing of EWU's 2007 opponents ranked in the FCS rankings (four polls are distributed nationally on a weekly basis), in addition to the Sagarin computer ratings:
The Sports Network: 1. Appalachian State; 2. Montana; 18. Montana State; 25. Eastern Washington; 33. Northern Arizona; 36. Portland State.
Coaches: 1. Appalachian State; 2. Montana; 18. Montana State; 29. Eastern Washington; 36. UC Davis; 42. Northern Arizona.
AGS (anygivensaturday.com): 1. Appalachian State; 2. Montana; 20. Montana State; 33. Northern Arizona; 38. Eastern Washington.
Football Gazette Top 40 Rankings: 1. Appalachian State; 2. Montana; 20. Montana State; 23. Portland State; 27. Eastern Washington; 32. Northern Arizona; 34. UC Davis.
Sagarin Computer Ratings (among FCS schools): 1. Appalachian State (52nd overall); 9. Eastern Washington (99th overall); 10. Montana (100th overall); 14. UC Davis; 15. Montana State; 29. Northern Arizona; 36. Portland State; 44. Idaho State; 61. Sacramento State; 69. Weber State; 82. Northern Colorado.