The Northeast Conference will have TWO top-25 teams in action on Saturday, October 25.
For the first time in the league’s 19-plus year history of football, there are multiple NEC teams in a major Top 25 poll during the same week.
Two years removed from a 2-9 season, Sacred Heart has finally broken into the Top 25 after this past week’s last-second road win at Duquesne. The 6-1 Pioneers earned the No. 24 spot in the Sports Network Poll and are No. 22 in the Coaches’ edition. Their top-25 candidacy really gained steam following a Week 6 road win over Delaware.
“Being nationally ranked for the first time is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes,” said third-year SHU head coach Mark Nofri, who was a finalist for the 2013 Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award. “Their efforts over the past year-and-a-half have put us in position to be recognized on the national level, and I could not be prouder of them, or happier for the program and Sacred Heart University.”
SHU becomes the first NEC team to simultaneously appear in both Sports Network Poll and Coaches’ Poll since Wagner in 2012.
Bryant (5-1, 1-0) joined the Pioneers in the FCS Coaches’ Top 25. The Bulldogs, who enjoyed a short stay in the poll earlier this season, are back in the No. 25 slot.
Both nationally-ranked teams will host NEC opponents in Week 9.
Sacred Heart welcomes Saint Francis to Campus Field for the #NECFB Game of the Week on ESPN3. Bryant clashes against Robert Morris, which is riding high after last week’s emotional come-from-behind win over Central Connecticut.
— Craig Haley (@CraigHaley) October 20, 2014
— FCS Insider (@FCS_Insider) October 21, 2014