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

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Ferlando Jordan

HAMMOND, La. – 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 State 1-1 751 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 State 2-0 601 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
11. Jacksonville State 1-1 397 17
12. UC Davis 2-0 383 12
13. Montana State 1-1 361 13
14. North Dakota 1-1 356 7
15. Northern Iowa 1-1 330 15
16. Southeastern 1-1 298 14
17. East Tennessee State 2-0 269 19
18. Richmond 2-0 183 22
19. Missouri State 1-1 180 25
20. Monmouth 1-1 170 21
21. Austin Peay 1-1 131 18
22. Chattanooga 1-1 103 24
23. New Hampshire 2-0 71 NR
24. Central Arkansas 0-2 64 16
25. 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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