PHILADELPHIA - Continuing to win, the University of Pennsylvania football team continues to climb the in national polls. Penn moved up to No. 16 in both the coaches and media Top 25 polls released on Monday. Penn remains at No. 3 in the ECAC Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll.
This marks the highest ranking for Penn since the program finished the 2003 campaign at No. 12. The Quakers are the only Ivy League team to be ranked in either poll at any time this season and they have now been in the rankings for six straight weeks - the longest stretch since the last seven weeks of 2004.
No. 16/16 Penn (8-1, 6-0 Ivy) has won 14 Ivy League games in a row and has already clinched at least a share of its second straight Ivy title. A win on Saturday at Cornell and Penn would become just the third team to repeat as Ivy champions with back-to-back 7-0 records. Penn is also responsible for the other two occasions in 1993 and 1994, and 2002 and 2003.
Penn earned 264 points in the FCS Coaches poll, which is an additional 56 points from last week and trail No. 15 Villanova by 50 points. The Quakers moved up three spots and passed Liberty (7-3), Massachusetts (6-4) and Cal Poly (7-4), who each lost last week. Delaware (9-1) is the top-ranked team among the FCS coaches. They earned 26 of the 28 first-place votes and 698 points.
In The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Media poll, Penn earned a season-best 1,557 points which was an increase from the 1,230 points a week ago. The Quakers surpassed Liberty and Massachusetts and are just 57 points behind No. 15 Villanova. Delaware was also No. 1 among the media. The Blue Hens received 116 first-place votes and 3,927 points to reach the top spot.
The Top 25 polls are released every Monday afternoon during the regular season. On the final weekend, the TSN media poll is used as an official tool by the NCAA Division I Football Committee in selecting the 20-team playoff field. The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS.
The ECAC will release the weekly Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll poll in each of the four divisions (Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II and Division III) and the final poll in January will determine the trophy winners. The first place teams in the final poll will be presented with their Lambert Meadowlands Awards during the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet at the New Meadowlands Stadium in February. For more information and a full release of the polls, click here.The Quakers will look to clinch their Ivy League record 12th outright league title on Saturday at Cornell's Schoellkopf Field. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m.