KINGSTON, R.I. – It was another jump for Rhode Island this week in both national polls, as the Rams moved up two spots in both the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll and the AFCA FCS Coaches Poll Monday. Rhody is now No. 16 in the STATS poll and No. 15 in the AFCA Coaches poll.
With a dominant 48-0 victory over in-state rival Brown Saturday, Rhode Island reached four victories in a season for the first time since 2010, when the Rams finished 5-6 overall.
The Rams received 1,499 points in the STATS FCS poll, another significant jump from last week when Rhody got 1,012 points. Rhody remained tethered to Sam Houston State, finishing one spot behind the Bearkats for the third consecutive week. However, URI is closing the gap, finishing just 75 points behind the No. 15 spots, compared to 279 points a week ago.
In the AFCA FCS Coaches Top 25, Rhode Island moved up to No. 15, again one spot behind Sam Houston State. Rhody had 283 points, compared to 303 for the Bearkats.
There were seven CAA Football teams ranked this week, with six appearing in both national polls this week. Elon (5/6) and James Madison (6/8), remained in front of the Rams. Towson (17/18), Stony Brook (19/20) and Maine (21/22) are all right behind Rhode Island in both polls. Villanova came in No. 25 in the AFCA Coaches Poll, but dropped out of the STATS polls.
Rhode Island has a chance to pick up its second win over a ranked opponent this weekend when it hosts No. 21/22 Maine Saturday. The game has significant implications, as the Rams and Black Bears are two of four CAA Football teams tied for first place in the league standings. Game time is 12 p.m.