Football Moves Into Top 20 in Media and Coaches Polls

TSN/Fathead.com Media Poll

FCS Coaches Poll

PHILADELPHIA - Another impressive win has moved the University of Pennsylvania football team into the top 20 of the FCS Coaches poll and The Sports Network/Fathead.com media poll. The media have the Quakers slotted at No. 18 and the coaches recognized the Red and Blue at No. 19. Penn also remained at No. 5 in the ECAC Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll.

No. 18/19 Penn (6-1, 4-0 Ivy), which won its 12th straight league game with a 24-7 victory over Brown (4-3, 3-1 Ivy), has now earned its highest ranking in both polls since Nov. 13, 2004 - a span of 65 polling weeks. The Red and Blue were ranked No. 17 in both polls heading into a matchup with Harvard.

The Quakers moved up two spots in the FCS Coaches poll for the third consecutive week. The Quakers were at No. 21 a week ago, but jumped ahead of both No. 22 Richmond (4-4) and No. 23 James Madison (4-4) after each lost last week. Penn earned 187 points, 52 more than its total last week and five behind No. 18 Cal Poly (6-3). Appalachian State (8-0) remains the top-ranked team with 27 of the 28 first-place votes and 699 points.

In the media poll, Penn moved ahead of No. 20 Richmond and No. 22 James Madison as well as Chattanooga, who fell out of the polls. The Quakers cracked 1,000 points for the first time in 2010 at 1,058 (149 more than last week). Appalachian State is also No. 1 in the media poll with 134 first-place votes and 3,847 points.

The Quakers are the only Ivy League team to be ranked in either poll at any time this season.

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 are on national television this week against arch rival Princeton. Kickoff at Princeton Stadium is set for 3 p.m. on VERSUS.