LIBERTY, Mo. - The Newberry College football team makes its first appearance in the Top 25 of a national poll this season, as the D2Football.com Media Poll has ranked the scarlet and gray 20th nationally. The poll was released today.
Newberry (1-0) received votes in the preseason poll and jumped into the Top 25 following last weekend's 31-24 road upset of Valdosta State University. VSU was ranked No. 8 in the preseason poll and dropped to No. 15 this week.
Two other South Atlantic Conference teams are ranked in the Top 25, with Catawba College (1-0) just one spot ahead of Newberry in 19th following a 25-7 road win at Saint Augustine's. Carson-Newman (0-1) dropped 15 spots to No. 25 following last week's 17-12 loss at Winona State.
Newberry is ranked in the D2Football.com Top 25 for the first time since October 7, 2008, following the Homecoming win over Catawba. The scarlet and gray's brutal road schedule is put into perspective with this week's poll. Four out of this year's first five games are on the road, and three of those teams are in the Top 25 nationally (Valdosta State, Carson-Newman, Catawba).
The road continues this weekend in Clarksville, Tenn., as Newberry faces off with Division I-FCS opponent Austin Peay State University. Kickoff Saturday is set for 6 p.m. Central Time at Governors Stadium.
D2Football.com Media Poll
September 1, 2009
|1.||Grand Valley State University||1-0|
|2.||Abilene Christian University||1-0|
|3.||University of Minnesota - Duluth||1-0|
|4.||University of North Alabama||1-0|
|5.||Pittsburg State University||1-0|
|6.||Bloomsburg (Pa.) University||1-0|
|7.||Northwest Missouri State University||0-1|
|8.||Chadron State College||1-0|
|9.||Central Washington University||1-0|
|10.||Minnesota State University - Mankato||1-0|
|11.||Texas A&M University - Kingsville||1-0|
|12.||Delta State University||0-1|
|13.||West Texas A&M University||0-1|
|15.||Valdosta State University||0-1|
|16.||Edinboro (Pa.) University||1-0|
|17.||West Chester (Pa.) University||1-0|
|18.||California (Pa.) University||0-1|
|21.||Indiana (Pa.) University||1-0|
|22.||University of Nebraska - Omaha||1-0|
|24.||Saginaw Valley State University||1-0|