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Football Finishes Season Ranked No. 25

January 9, 2012
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Following the conclusion of the FCS season after this past weekend's FCS national championship game in Frisco, Texas, the final national rankings were released earlier today with Liberty grabbing a No. 25 ranking in both listings.

Both the Sports Network and the FCS Coaches poll listed Liberty at No. 25, marking the fourth straight season the Flames have finished the year with a Top 25 ranking.

Following a program record setting season in 2008 with a 10-2 mark, Liberty finished the year ranked No. 14 in the Sports Network poll and No. 15 in the FCS Coaches listing. The following season, Liberty was ranked No. 22/21 in the respective polls and No. 21/19 in 2010 in the final national polls.

North Dakota State upended previously unbeaten Sam Houston State, 17-6, in the FCS national championship game this past weekend. The Bison, who finished the year with a 14-1 record, were the unanimous No. 1 selection in both national rankings.

Sam Houston State ranked No. 2 in both rankings, rounding out the similarities in the final national rankings.
Montana was ranked No. 3 in the Sports Network poll, followed by Georgia Southern at No. 4 and Lehigh at No. 5.

According to the FCS Coaches listing, the No. 3 spot went to Georgia Southern, followed by Montana at No. 4 and Northern Iowa at No. 5.

Liberty extended its record setting run by posting its fifth straight winning season, recording a 7-4 record in 2011. Outside of its season-opening setback to the ACC's N.C. State, all three of Liberty's three remaining losses came to teams ranked higher than them in the final national FCS rankings.

Lehigh was ranked No. 5 in the final Sports Network poll and No. 6 in the FCS listing, followed by No. 15/14 James Madison and No. 18/16 Stony Brook.

All three teams advanced to at least the second round of the FCS Playoffs, with Lehigh making the furthest run where they lost 24-0 to eventual national champion North Dakota State in the quarterfinals.