KINGSTON, R.I. – In the wake of its season-opening victory at No. 15/16 Delaware, Rhode Island found itself knocked on the door of the STATS FCS Top 25, finishing 29th in the weekly pool. The Rams also got votes in the AFCA FCS Coaches' Top 25, finished tied for 33rd overall.
Rhode Island received 178 votes in the STATS FCS Top 25, putting the Rams one spot behind Austin Peay (343 votes) and one spot in front of Montana State (169). Delaware dropped out of the Top 25, finishing 27th in the poll with 361 votes.
The last time Rhody received votes in the poll was last season following the first week of play. The Rams got nine votes after nearly pulling off the upset at Central Michigan, falling 30-27 in triple overtime.
CAA Football had six teams in the Top 25: No. 2 James Madison, No. 12 Villanova, No. 15 Elon, No. 20 New Hampshire, No. 22 Maine and No. 24 Stony Brook. Also receiving votes were Delaware, Rhody and Richmond (No. 37, 44 votes).
Rhode Island last cracked the STATS Top 25 in 2001, when it ended the season ranked No. 21 in the country. In 2005, the Rams were ranked No. 25 in the Division I-AA Sports Network Top 25 poll after starting the season 3-0.
In the AFCA Coaches' Top 25 poll, the Rams received 11 votes this week. That tied them with Montana State for 33rd in the nation.