PHILADELPHIA - In the final FCS national rankings released on Monday, the University of
Pennsylvania football team finished within the Top 20 in both the media and coaches polls. The Quakers finished at No. 18 in The Sports Network/Fathead.com media poll and at No. 16 in the FCS Coaches poll. Penn also finished No. 5 in the final ECAC
Lambert Meadowlands Poll.
This marks the highest final rankings for Penn since the program finished the 2003 campaign at No. 12 in both polls. The Quakers were the only Ivy League team to be ranked in either poll at any time during 2010 and they have now been in the rankings for eight straight weeks - the longest stretch since an 18-week streak between 2002-03.
No. 16/18 Penn (9-1, 7-0 Ivy) has won 15 Ivy League
games in a row and clinched its second outright unbeaten
Ivy title in as many years with a 31-7 win over Cornell on the final Saturday of the 2010 season. Only two other times in the 55-year history
of the league has a team finished 7-0 in Ivy play in back-to-back seasons. Both occasions were Penn teams coached by Al
1993 and 1994 Quakers accomplished the feat as well as the 2002
and 2003 teams.
Penn earned 220 points in the FCS Coaches poll. The Quakers were tied at No. 13 with Bethune-Cookman in the final regular season poll. Eastern Washington (13-2) finished as the No. 1 team in the nation following its 20-19 win in the FCS National Championship game against Delaware. The Eagles received all 25 first-place votes and 625 points. Delaware finished at No. 2 and Villanova, the only team to defeat Penn in 2010, finished at No. 3.
In the media poll, Penn earned 1,003 points. The Quakers finished at No. 14 in the final regular season media poll. Eastern
Washington was also No. 1 among the media in the final poll. The Eagles received 121
first-place votes and 3,049 points to claim the top spot. Delaware was again No. 2 and Villanova at No. 3.
The Top 25 polls were 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.