KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island moved up in both national polls this week, landing at No. 23 in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll and the AFCA FCS Coaches Poll. The two polls were released Monday.
The Rams climbed two spots to No. 23 following the wild 56-49 loss at FBS level Connecticut Saturday. Rhody received 531 points in the poll, up from 358 the week before. The Rams were sandwiched between North Dakota (677 points) and Austin Peay (404 points). This is the second straight week the Rams have been ranked in the STATS Top 25.
Rhode Island was one of six CAA Football teams in both the STATS Top 25 and the AFCA FCS Coaches Top 25, the most of any conference in the nation. James Madison (2/2), Elon (12/12), Maine (13/16), Villanova (15/14) and Stony Brook (20/19) also were in the top 25, while Towson (26/31) and Delaware (30/26) were just outside.
After finishing No. 27 in last week's AFCA Coaches Poll, Rhode Island jumped four spots to No. 23 to crack the top 25 in the poll for the first time. The Rams got 83 points in the coaches poll, one spot behind Northern Iowa (88) and one spot in front of Colgate (64).
Rhode Island is off this week for its bye before heading to Harvard on Friday, Sept. 21. Despite not playing a game yet, Harvard received 30 points in the STATS FCS poll and 10 points in the AFCA Coaches poll.