Football Receives Highest Top 25 Ranking since 2004

TSN/Fathead.com Media Poll

FCS Coaches Poll

PHILADELPHIA - This Saturday at Yale, for the first time in six seasons, the University of Pennsylvania football team will play as a Top 20 team. The Sports Network(TSN)/Fathead.com Media poll ranks the Quakers No. 20 this week, while the Red and Blue are in the FCS Coaches Poll at No. 23. Penn is also ranked No. 6 in the ECAC Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll.

Penn is ranked in the Top 25 in back-to-back weeks for the first time since the final two games of the 2004 season. The Quakers jumped five spots in the media poll after re-entering the rankings at No. 25 last week. The No. 20 ranking matches the Red and Blue's spot in the final postseason poll in 2009, but is the highest in-season ranking since the program was slotted at No. 17 on Nov. 8, 2004. Penn received 625 points, up from 309 a week ago. Appalachian State remains the No. 1 team in the nation with 111 first-place votes and 3,718 points.

In the FCS Coaches Poll, the Quakers moved up two spots from No. 25. This is the first time since 2004 that Penn has been ranked in the coaches poll in back-to-back weeks. At that time, it was known as the ESPN/USA Today I-AA Coaches Poll. The No. 23 spot also matches the program's highest ranking in the poll since the 2009 postseason rankings. Penn gained 54 points from last week and now has 107 this week. Appalachian State received 25 of the 27 first-place votes and are ranked atop the nation with 672 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.

Penn heads to Yale this weekend for its first Ivy League road contest of the 2010 season. The Quakers are riding a three-game winning streak into their noon matchup with the Bulldogs. The game will be televised on YES and is available nationally via satellite on the Dish Network or DirecTV.