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VMI Victory Moves Flames up in Both Polls

November 7, 2011
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Liberty saw its most significant movement in the national FCS polls today, climbing to a season-high ranking in both listings following a 37-31 win over VMI.

Following Liberty's 37-31 win over in-state foe VMI on Saturday, the Flames' sixth victory in a row, Liberty is now ranked No. 15 in the latest FCS Coaches poll and No. 16 in the most recent Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 poll.

This is Liberty's highest ranking of the season in both polls and the Flames' top listing since being ranked No. 12 by the Sports Network and No. 11 in the FCS Coaches poll following a victory over Gardner-Webb last season (rankings released on Nov. 8, 2010).

The Flames jumped six spots from last week's Sports Network poll and seven places in the FCS Coaches rankings. Liberty entered its match-up with VMI ranked No. 22 in both polls.

Liberty and Harvard saw the most significant upward movement in this week's listings. Harvard, who leads the Ivy League and has won seven games in a row, is ranked No. 14 in this week's FCS Coaches poll and No. 18 in the Sports Network listing.

The only movement among the top five programs in both listings came following a loss. Appalachian State fell to No. 10 in the Sports Network poll and No. 8 in the FCS Coaches poll following a 20-10 road loss to Furman.

North Dakota State remains the top ranked team in the country in both polls, followed directly by Montana State. Sam Houston State and Georgia Southern ranks third and fourth in both polls, with Northern Iowa benefitting from Appalachian State's loss to take the No. 5 spot.

The Flames will have their first week off since opening the season against N.C. State on Sept. 3 this week. The Flames will return to the gridiron against Stony Brook on Nov. 19 on the road in a game that will decide this year's Big South champion and the league's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs.