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Southeastern ranked 15th, 16th in current FCS National Polls

The Southeastern Louisiana University football team was once again ranked in both FCS national polls released on Monday.

The Lions dropped two spots in both top 25 listings, falling to No. 15 in the Stats Perform poll and slipping to No. 16 in the AFCA FCS Coaches poll. SLU went toe-to-toe with FBS foe Louisiana Tech last Saturday, before ultimately coming up on the wrong end of a 45-42 shootout.

Southeastern finished with 598 yards of total offense versus the host Bulldogs, but could not overcome three turnovers and 10 penalties for 100 yards. Reigning Walter Payton Award winner and Lion senior quarterback Cole Kelley threw for 495 yards, as the trio of CJ Turner (eight catches, 131 yards, one touchdown), Austin Mitchell (9-89-1 TD) and Tim Wilson Jr. (7-72-1 TD) were all top targets for the SLU signal-caller.

Alexis Ramos led SLU with 10 tackles, while Zy Alexander recorded his first collegiate interception. Punter Austin Dunlap was named the Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after posting a 50.5 punting average and extending an eventual touchdown drive with a 15-yard run on a fake punt.

Southeastern was the lone Southland Conference team ranked this week. Nicholls is receiving votes in both polls.

On Saturday, SLU travels to Central Connecticut State for an 11 a.m. (CDT) contest – the team’s third of five straight road games to open the season. The Lions’ nonconference finale will be streamed on www.ccsubluedevils.com and can also be heard in the Hammond area on Kajun 107.1 FM, Tangi 96.5 FM and WFPR 1400 AM, as well as online at kajun107.net and tangiradio.net.

Stats Perform FCS Top 25

Team (First-place votes)                   Record            Points  Prv.

  1. Sam Houston (33)2-0                   1,214   1
  2. South Dakota State (9)2-0                   1,190   2
  3. James Madison (5)2-0                   1,158   3
  4. Montana (3) 2-0                   1,110   4
  5. North Dakota State 2-0                   1,066   5
  6. Delaware 2-0                   949      6
  7. Eastern Washington 2-0                   889      7
  8. Southern Illinois 1-1                   814      8
  9. Weber State 1-1                   771      10
  10. Jacksonville State1-1                   751      16
  11. North Dakota 1-1                   710      9
  12. Villanova 2-0                   674      12
  13. Montana State 1-1                   664      11
  14. UC Davis 2-0                   661      14
  15. Southeastern 1-1                   511      13
  16. ETSU 2-0                   497      15
  17. Missouri State 1-1                   377      23
  18. Northern Iowa 1-1                   364      21
  19. Austin Peay 1-1                   336      17
  20. Monmouth 1-1                   297      20
  21. Richmond 2-0                   261      25
  22. VMI 1-1                   146      18
  23. New Hampshire 2-0                   127      NR
  24. Kennesaw State 1-1                   121      22
  25. Central Arkansas 0-2                   105      19

Others Receiving Votes: Furman 90; Chattanooga 74, Rhode Island 67, Murray State 58, Alabama A&M 56, Jackson State 48, Duquesne 32, Nicholls 29, Stephen F. Austin 11, Samford 7, Merrimack 4, Sacramento State 3, Holy Cross 2.

AFCS FCS Coaches Top 25

Team (First-place votes)                   Record            Points  Prv.

  1. Sam Houston (25)2-0                   697      1
  2. James Madison (1)2-0                   657      2
  3. South Dakota State (2)2-0                   641      3
  4. North Dakota State2-0                   601      4
  5. Montana 2-0                   599      5
  6. Eastern Washington 2-0                   522      8
  7. Delaware 2-0                   521      6
  8. Weber State 1-1                   439      10

T9. Southern Illinois                           1-1                   422      9

T9. Villanova                                      1-1                   422      11

  1. Jacksonville State1-1                   397      17
  2. UC Davis 2-0                   383      12
  3. Montana State 1-1                   361      13
  4. North Dakota 1-1                   356      7
  5. Northern Iowa 1-1                   330      15
  6. Southeastern 1-1                   298      14
  7. East Tennessee State2-0                   269      19
  8. Richmond 2-0                   183      22
  9. Missouri State 1-1                   180      25
  10. Monmouth     1-1                   170      21
  11. Austin Peay 1-1                   131      18
  12. Chattanooga 1-1                   103      24
  13. New Hampshire 2-0                   71        NR
  14. Central Arkansas 0-2                   64        16
  15. Furman 2-0                   58        NR

Others Receiving Votes: VMI 53, Kennesaw State 41, Jackson State 19, Nicholls 18, Alabama A&M 17, South Dakota 14, Duquesne 13, Rhode Island 13, Charleston Southern 11, Stephen F. Austin 8, Gardner-Webb 5, Murray State 5, Southern Utah 3, Florida A&M 2, Yale 2, Princeton 1.

2021 opponents in bold italics

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