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UNI Climbs to No. 2 Spot in Polls
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Monday 09/12/2011

In each of the national rankings announced on Monday, the University of Northern Iowa football team has climbed to the No. 2 spot in the country.

The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Poll has the Panthers at No. 2 behind Georgia Southern, the nation's new No. 1 team. UNI received 16 first-place votes to move up from the No. 4 spot it held last week.

In the FCS Coaches Poll, UNI moved up to No. 2 after being tied with Appalachian State at No. 3 last week. The Panthers received four of a possible 28 first-place votes. Georgia Southern also earned the No. 1 billing in the FCS Coaches Poll.

The rankings are the highest for UNI since it reached No. 2 in The Sports Network poll on Oct. 12, 2009. The Panthers have now been ranked in the top-25 in 83 consecutive polls - a streak that dates back to the 2004 season.

UNI will return to action with its home opener on Sept. 24 against Western Illinois. Kickoff is slated for 4:05 p.m.

The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top-25 Poll

Team (First-place votes)                       Record Points   Previous Rank

1. Georgia Southern Eagles (102)         2-0       3,622   2

2. Northern Iowa Panthers (16)               1-1       3,329   4

3. Appalachian St. Mountaineers(10)     1-1       3,282   3

4. William & Mary Tribe (5)                  1-1       3,048   5

5. Montana State Bobcats (2)               1-1       2,985   6

6. Richmond Spiders (9)                       2-0       2,874   9

7. Delaware Blue Hens (1)                    1-1       2,688   8

8. North Dakota State Bison (1)            2-0       2,553   11

9. Wofford Terriers                              1-1       2,489   7

10. Eastern Washington Eagles (2)        0-2       2,218   1

11. New Hampshire Wildcats                 1-1       2,202   13

12. Montana Grizzlies                           1-1       1,913   15

13. James Madison Dukes                    1-1       1,373   19

14. Chattanooga Mocs                         1-1       1,349   23

15. Southern Illinois Salukis                  1-1       1,289   17

16. Lehigh Mountain Hawks                  1-1       1,222   14

17. Jacksonville State Gamecocks         1-1       1,147   10

18. Central Arkansas Bears                  1-1       1,096   18

19. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks       1-1       971      16

20. Sacramento State Hornets              1-1       959      11

21. Massachusetts Minutemen              1-0       897      21

22. Liberty Flames                               1-1       714      24

23. McNeese State Cowboys                  0-1       614      22

24. South Dakota Coyotes                   1-1       603      NR

25. South Carolina State Bulldogs         1-1       555      NR

Others receiving votes: Southern Utah 289, Eastern Kentucky 224, Penn 199, Murray State 180, Sam Houston State 158, Villanova 128, Towson 116, Jackson State 106, Hampton 100, Youngstown State 98, Bethune-Cookman 62, Western Illinois 50, South Dakota State 45, Harvard 43, Old Dominion 34, Rhode Island 34, Grambling State 26, Maine 22, Morehead State 21, Stony Brook 19, Elon 16, Holy Cross 14, Brown 12, Yale 12, Coastal Carolina 11, Duquesne 10, Delaware State 10, Eastern Illinois 7, Indiana State 7, Georgetown 7, UC Davis 6, Portland State 6, The Citadel 6, Northern Arizona 5, Weber State 4, UT Martin 4, Central Connecticut State 4, Bucknell 3, Furman 3, Florida A&M 2, San Diego 2, Jacksonville 1, Dayton 1, Samford 1. 

2011 FCS Coaches Week 2 Poll (September 12, 2011)

Team (No. 1 Votes)                 Record Points   Last Week

1. Georgia Southern (23)           2-0       695      2

2. Northern Iowa (4)                       1-1       631      T3

3. Appalachian State                 1-1       621      T3

4. Montana State                      1-1       588      6

5. William & Mary                      1-1       582      5

6. North Dakota State                2-0       532      8

7. Delaware                              1-1       510      7

8. Wofford                               1-1       486      9

9. Richmond                             1-1       482      11

10. Eastern Washington (1)        0-2       457      1

11. Montana                             1-1       398      13

12. New Hampshire                   1-1       353      16

13. Stephen F. Austin                1-1       272      12

14. James Madison                    1-1       272      17

15. Southern Illinois                  1-1       268      15

16. Jacksonville State                1-1       243      10

17. Chattanooga                       1-1       221      25

18. Central Arkansas                 1-1       207      20

19. Lehigh                               1-1       200      14

20. Liberty                               1-1       181      21

21. South Carolina State           1-1       160      23

22. McNeese State                    0-1       120      22

23. South Dakota                     1-1       96        NR

24. Sacramento State               1-1       92        18

25. Massachusetts                    1-0       68        NR

Others receiving votes: Pennsylvania (41), Murray State (29), Youngstown State (29), Villanova (22), Southern Utah (22), Eastern Kentucky (28), Bethune-Cookman (18), Eastern Illinois (18), Indiana State (18), Jackson State (14), Sam Houston State (14), Harvard (9), Coastal Carolina (9), Western Illinois (9), Illinois State (7), UC Davis (6), Butler (6), Towson (6), South Dakota State (5), Dayton (5), Cal Poly (4), Hampton (2), Jacksonville (2), Weber State (2), Furman (1), Central Connecticut State (1).


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