Coming off a come-from-behind road win at Indiana State on Thursday night, the Eastern Illinois football team received additional votes for consideration in the FCS Top 25 polls, moving up the list of teams also receiving votes in both polls. The Panthers were the seventh team also receiving votes (32nd overall) in the FCS Coaches Top 25 poll which had just two new teams enter the rankings this week.
The Panthers will continue action on the road this week as they travel to DeKalb to face Northern Illinois at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The game will be televised on ESPN3 and the pregame show on the EIU Panther Football Radio Network will begin at 2 p.m.
After the game at NIU, Eastern Illinois will return home for two straight against Illinois State on Sept. 16 and Southeast Missouri on Sept. 23. Season and single game tickets are still available by calling 217-581-2106 or online at www.eiupanthertickets.com
James Madison remained at No. 1 in the FCS Coaches Top 25 poll after beating FBS member East Carolina in the opener. The Dukes received 25 of 26 first-place votes. North Dakota State was second, followed by Sam Houston State, South Dakota State and Jacksonville State. Sam Houston State received the other first-place vote. Youngstown State and Eastern Washington were both tied for sixth followed by Villanova, Richmond and Wofford. North Dakota was 11th with New Hampshire, The Citadel, Chattanooga, Illinois State, Central Arkansas, Samford, Charleston Southern, Lehigh and Weber State rounding out the top 20. Northern Iowa and North Carolina A&T were tied at 21st as Grambling State, Tennessee State and Colgate rounded out the poll.
In the STATS Media FCS Top 25 Poll, James Madison was first followed by North Dakota State, Sam Houston State, South Dakota State and Jacksonville State in the top five. Villanova, Eastern Washington, Youngstown State, Richmond and Wofford rounded out the top ten. North Dakota was ranked 11th followed by New Hampshire, Chattanooga, The Citadel, Central Arkansas, Charleston Southern, Samford, Illinois State, Lehigh and Liberty in the top twenty. The final five schools were Northern Iowa, Western Illinois, Tennessee State, Grambling State and Weber State.