Jan. 7, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.--The end-of-season national rankings were announced earlier today by the Sports Network and Villanova has earned a ranking of No. 15 in the final poll of the season. Following an 8-4 season and a trip to the Division I Football Championship the Wildcats are one of six CAA Football teams ranked in the top 25, the most of any conference in the country.
Villanova broke into the national rankings for the first time at No. 24 on October 15 and wound up being ranked in each of the final seven polls of the season, peaking at No. 14 prior to the first round of the playoffs. Today's poll released by the Sports Network marks the third straight that the Wildcats have been ranked in the top 16.
This season Villanova bounced back from a 2-9 campaign in 2011 in a big way, winning eight games for the 19th time in team history while reaching the FCS playoffs for the 10th time. This year marked the second time in the last four seasons that the Wildcats have claimed at least a share of the CAA Football regular season title. Villanova won the league's automatic bid to the Division I Football Championship and won a conference title for the sixth time in its history.
The other CAA teams ranked in the final top 25 are Old Dominion (No. 6), New Hampshire (No. 13), Towson (No. 17), Richmond (No. 18) and James Madison (No. 19).
North Dakota State earned the No. 1 ranking in the poll after successfully defending its national championship from a year ago with a 31-13 victory over Sam Houston State in the national championship game this past weekend.