PHILADELPHIA - Capping a second straight undefeated Ivy League championship season, the University of Pennsylvania football team moved up three spots in the FCS Coaches' Poll to No. 13 and two spots in The Sports Network/Fathead.com media poll to No. 14 on Monday. Penn remains No. 3 in the ECAC Lambert Meadowlands 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 seven straight weeks - the longest stretch since the last seven weeks of 2004.
No. 13/14 Penn (9-1, 7-0 Ivy) has won 15 Ivy League games in a row. The Red and Blue clinched their second outright unbeaten Ivy title in as many years on Saturday. That has occurred only two other times in the 55-year history of the league. Both occasions were Penn teams coached by Al Bagnoli. The 1993 and 1994 Quakers accomplished the feat as well as the 2002 and 2003 teams. The 2009 and 2010 Quakers now join those groups.
Penn earned 306 points in the FCS Coaches poll, tied with Bethune Cookman (10-1), which is an additional 44 points from last week and trail both No. 11 Villanova and South Carolina State by 77 points. The Quakers moved up three spots and passed Montana (7-4), Northern Iowa (7-4) who both lost last week. Eastern Washington (9-2) is the top-ranked team among the FCS coaches. They earned 13 first-place votes and 660 points.
In the media poll, Penn earned 1,473 points which was a decrease from the season-best 1,557 points a week ago, but only due to a limited number of voters. The Quakers surpassed Montana and Northern Iowa and are 224 points behind No. 13 Bethune-Cookman. Eastern Washington was also No. 1 among the media. The Eagles received 64 first-place votes and 3,096 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 was 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.