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Season Finale Win Moves LU Up in Polls

November 22, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Season Finale Win Moves LU Up in Polls

Sports Network/ FCS Top 25 poll

FCS Coaches Top 25 poll

Following a 54-28 season-finale victory over Stony Brook on Saturday at Williams Stadium, Liberty moved up several spots in each of the final regular-season national polls.

The Flames moved up four spots in the Sports Network/ FCS Top 25 poll to No. 17 and up three spots in the FCS Coaches Top 25 poll to No. 15.

Liberty was one of four programs to see a significant jump in the polls following action during the final week of the regular season.

Villanova moved up five spots in the Sports Network poll (No. 10) and four notches in the FCS Coaches listing (No. 11) after defeating No. 1 Delaware, marking the third-straight week the nation's top ranked team fell.

Additionally, both Georgia Southern and Western Illinois catapulted itself into the Top 25 listings with wins. Georgia Southern is now ranked No. 20/22 after a comeback road win over Furman and Western Illinois is ranked No. 21/24 following 30-14 victory over previous No. 13/16 Northern Iowa.

The teams that fell the most in the polls were Bethune-Cookman, Delaware and North Dakota State. Bethune-Cookman had its 10-game winning streak snapped by a 38-27 setback to Florida A&M and dropped to No. 13/13.

As previously mentioned, Delaware fell to Villanova in overtime and dropped to No. 5 in both listings. North Dakota State moved eight spots down in the Sports Network poll (No. 25) and seven spots lower in the FCS Coaches listing (No. 21) after a 3-0 road loss at Missouri State.

The nation's new No. 1 team heading into the NCAA FCS Playoffs is Eastern Washington, who moved to 9-2 on Saturday after a 34-7 victory over Idaho State.

Eastern Washington (No. 5 seed) is one of five national seeds in the 2010 NCAA FCS Playoffs. The Redhawks are joined by Appalachian State (No. 1 seed), William & Mary (No. 2 seed), Delaware (No. 3 seed) and Montana State (No. 4 seed).

The NCAA FCS Playoffs kicks off this weekend with four opening round games, which includes the Big South automatic qualifier Coastal Carolina, who will be hosting Western Illinois.

This is the second to last ranking for the Flames this season. Both organizations will release one additional listing following the FCS national championship game on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas.