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Flames Among Many Who Move in FCS Polls

November 15, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Flames Among Many Who Move in FCS Polls

Sports Network/ FCS Top 25

FCS Coaches Top 25

Liberty was one of eight programs who dropped spots in both the Sports Network/ FCS Top 25 poll and the FCS Coaches listing, following an upset weekend of FCS football.

Liberty suffered a 45-31 setback at Big South rival Coastal Carolina on Saturday. Following the road loss, the Flames now rank No. 21 in the Sports Network listing and No. 18 in the FCS Coaches poll.

The Top 25 losses started right at the top last weekend, as William & Mary, who was ranked No. 1 by the Sports Network, suffered a road loss at James Madison. Following the 30-24 loss in Harrisonburg, Va., the Tribe now ranks No. 6 in both polls.

Other Top 25 programs to suffer late season losses were Wofford (now No. 9/7), Southeast Missouri State (now No. 10/10), Villanova (now No. 15/15), Massachusetts (now No. 19/19), Cal Poly (now No. 23/23) and Grambling State (now No. 25/24).

Delaware is the new No. 1 program in both listings, following a 45-27 road win at Massachusetts. The Blue Hens remained No. 1 in the FCS Coaches ranking, while taking over the top spot in the Sports Network listing.

Three Top 25 programs are guaranteed to lose this final regular season weekend of FCS competition in Top 25 match-ups, while nine other Top 25 programs will take to the road in key contests on Saturday.

The Top 25 clashes included No. 15/15 Villanova at No. 1/1 Delaware, No. 8/8 Montana State at No. 11/14 Montana and No. 18/20 Richmond at No. 6/6 William & Mary.

The Flames return home on Saturday for their final regular season contest of the year, when they host Stony Brook at Williams Stadium.

The Seawolves (6-4, 5-0 BSC) will be looking to make it two wins in a row against the Flames, while Liberty (7-3, 4-1 BSC) will be trying to keep its postseason hopes alive by posting its eighth win in a row at home.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., in a game that will determine the 2010 Big South Conference champion and the winner of the league's first-ever automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs.