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Coach Viator on Lamar, & McNeese in the polls

This week McNeese is on the road to Beaumont, TX where they take on rival Lamar for the last game of the regular season.

Last year the Pokes shut them out 35-0 in Cowboy Stadium. This year the Cardinals have star freshman running back Kade Harrington, who is 1 yard short of 800. The team has compiled 14 team/individual records this season, as well as 4 players named to the 2013 pre-season all SLC team.

 

"When you look at them, they are 5-6 on the season. They're a lot better football team than they've been the last few seasons, no question. I just think the league's tougher, and they are doing really good in a lot of areas. Caleb Perry threw for.. hit the 3000 yards mark for passing. The Begelton kid leads the conference in receptions. I've never seen somebody catch 18 balls in one game. I thought that was a misprint when I was looking at the stats Saturday night, but its not." - Coach Viator

 

 

McNeese in the Polls:

-by Matthew Bonnette

McNeese State jumped three spots in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches' Top 25 polls this week, moving to from ninth No. 6 in the Sports Network and ranked jumping from 11th to No. 8 in the coaches' poll.

 

It's the highest ranking for the Cowboys (9-2, 5-1 SLC) this season since being ranked No. 4 and 7 in the two polls during the week of Oct. 28.

 

Two other Southland Conference teams are also ranked in the top 10 – Southeastern Louisiana (9-2, 6-0) at Nos. 8 and 10 while Sam Houston State (8-3, 4-2) is ranked ninth in both polls.

 

This is the first time since the final poll of the 1988 football season where three Southland teams have been ranked in the top 10.  In that poll, Northwestern State ranked No. 8, Stephen F. Austin No. 9 and North Texas 10th.

 

North Dakota State (10-0) continues to rank atop both polls followed by Eastern Illinois (10-1), Eastern Washington (9-2) and Maine (10-1).  Montana (9-2) is ranked No. 5 in the Sports Network poll followed by McNeese while Towson (9-2) comes in at No. 5 in the coaches' poll followed by Montana, Coastal Carolina and McNeese.

 

McNeese will close out the regular season on Saturday at Lamar. 

 

Sports Network Top-25 Poll (Nov. 18, 2013)

        Team (No. 1 Votes)    Rec.  Pts.  Prev.

1.    North Dakota State(155) 10-0  3,875 1

2.    Eastern Illinois  10-1  3,686 2

3.    Eastern Washington      9-2   3,579 3

4.    Maine                 10-1    3,335 6

5.    Montana                     9-2     3,022 7

6.    McNeese State             9-2 2,882 9

7.    Towson                      9-2     2,795 10

8.    Southeastern Louisiana  9-2   2,781 14

9.    Sam Houston State 8-3   2,527 4

10.   Northern Arizona  8-2   2,513 12

11.   Coastal Carolina  10-1  2,509 11

12.   Fordham                     10-1    2,163 5

13.   Montana State             7-4 1,675 8

14.   Bethune-Cookman           9-2 1,568 18

15.   Youngstown State  8-3   1,487 15

16.   South Dakota State      7-4   1,415 19

17.   Lehigh                      8-2     1,324 20

18.   Charleston Southern     10-2  1,181 13

19.   William & Mary            7-4 1,051 16

20.   Southern Utah             8-3 878   NR

21.   New Hampshire             6-4 759   23

22.   Princeton           8-1 704   25

23.   Chattanooga         8-3 578   17

24.   Samford                     7-4     506   NR

25.   Tennessee State           9-3 402   NR

Others receiving votes: Jacksonville State 262, Delaware 253, South Carolina State 158, Harvard 113, Villanova 56, Northern Iowa 55, Wofford 43, UT Martin 38, Sacred Heart 30, Alcorn State 28, Furman 25, James Madison 24, Southern Illinois 19, Illinois State 15, Central Arkansas 15, Jackson State 13, Gardner-Webb 12, Liberty 9, Georgia Southern 4, Eastern Kentucky 4, Richmond 3, San Diego 1.

 

 

FCS Coaches Top 25 (Nov. 18, 2013)

        Team (No. 1 Votes)    Rec.  Pts.  Prev.

1.    North Dakota State (26) 10-0  650   1

2.    Eastern Illinois  10-1  623   2

3.    Eastern Washington      9-2   599   3

4.    Maine                 10-1    563   6

5.    Towson                      9-2     536   7

6.    Montana                     9-2     486   8

7.    Coastal Carolina  10-1  435   9

8.    McNeese State             9-2 418   11

9.    Sam Houston State 8-3   404   4

10.   Southeastern Louisiana  9-2   391   14

11.   Fordham                     10-1    374   5

12.   Northern Arizona  8-2   329   13

13.   Montana State             7-4 304   10

14.   Bethune-Cookman           9-2 276   16

15.   Lehigh                      8-2     233   9

16.   Charleston Southern     10-2  230   12

17.   South Dakota State      7-4   215   19

18.   Youngstown State  8-3   147   15

19.   Princeton           8-1 111   24

20.   William and Mary  7-4   104   20

21.   Chattanooga         8-3 90    18

22.   Southern Utah             8-3 63    NR

23.   Samford                     7-4     62    NR

24.   New Hampshire             6-4 61    NR

25.   Tennessee State           9-3 50    NR

Others receiving votes: Harvard 50, Jacksonville State 41, Delaware 31, South Carolina State 31, Wofford 30, Sacred Heart 22, Alcorn State 10, Central Arkansas 5, James Madison 3, Jackson State 2

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