Newberry ranked 20th nationally in Poll

Newberry ranked 20th nationally in Poll
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 | by Media poll recognizes program for upset win over VSU

LIBERTY, Mo. - The Newberry College football team makes its first appearance in the Top 25 of a national poll this season, as the 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 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. Media Poll
September 1, 2009

1.Grand Valley State University1-0
2.Abilene Christian University1-0
3.University of Minnesota - Duluth1-0
4.University of North Alabama1-0
5.Pittsburg State University1-0
6.Bloomsburg (Pa.) University1-0
7.Northwest Missouri State University0-1
8.Chadron State College1-0
9.Central Washington University1-0
10.Minnesota State University - Mankato1-0
11.Texas A&M University - Kingsville1-0
12.Delta State University0-1
13.West Texas A&M University0-1
14.Tuskegee University1-0
15.Valdosta State University0-1
16.Edinboro (Pa.) University1-0
17.West Chester (Pa.) University1-0
18.California (Pa.) University0-1
19.Catawba College1-0
21.Indiana (Pa.) University1-0
22.University of Nebraska - Omaha1-0
23.Ashland University0-1
24.Saginaw Valley State University1-0
25.Carson-Newman College0-1