Idle Lions enter Southland play ranked 14th, 15th in FCS National Polls

Published 1:59 pm Monday, September 27, 2021

The Southeastern Louisiana University football team moved up in both the Stats Perform FCS Top 25 and the AFCA FCS Coaches Top 25, which were released on Monday.

The idle Lions (2-1) moved up two spots in the Stats Perform poll from 16th to 14th. In the coaches’ poll, SLU climbed from 16th to 15th.

Southeastern enters the week ranked among the FCS top 10 nationally in third-down percentage (57.1, 2nd), completion percentage (74.3, 2nd), first downs (92, 9th), passing offense (411.7 ypg, 3rd), red zone offense (100.0, 1st), scoring offense (49.0 ppg, 3rd), tackles for loss allowed (2.0 per game, 1st), team passing efficiency (8th, 107.40) and total offense (554.7 ypg, 3rd). The Lions have scored 40 or more points in seven straight contests.

Senior quarterback and reigning Walter Payton Award winner Cole Kelley ranks in the top 10 nationally in every passing category. Playing behind a dominant offensive line and spreading the ball to a plethora of talented weapons, Kelley has thrown for 1,202 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions on 99-for-133 passing (74.4 completion percentage).

SLU is one of two Southland schools ranked in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25, as UIW made its 2021 debut in the poll at No. 24. Nicholls is receiving votes. UIW and Nicholls are both among those receiving votes in the AFCA Coaches Top 24.

Southeastern opens Southland Conference play on Saturday with a noon game at McNeese. The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television and ESPN+, while also being heard in the Hammond area on Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and The Boss 103.7 FM/WFPR 1400 AM, as well as online at www.kajun107.net.

Stats Perform FCS Top 25

Team (First-place votes)                   Record            Points  Prv.

  1. Sam Houston (32)3-0                   1,208   1
  2. South Dakota State (10)3-0                   1,195   2
  3. James Madison (5)3-0                   1,162   3
  4. Montana (3) 3-0                   1,089   4
  5. North Dakota State 3-0                   1,070   5
  6. Eastern Washington 4-0                   964      6
  7. Southern Illinois 3-1                   909      7
  8. UC Davis 4-0                   859      12
  9. Delaware 2-1                   842      8
  10. North Dakota 2-1                   785      10
  11. Montana State 3-1                   757      13
  12. Villanova 3-1                   692      11
  13. ETSU 4-0                   637      15
  14. Southeastern 2-1                   574      16
  15. Northern Iowa 2-1                   528      17
  16. Missouri State 2-1                   527      18
  17. Jacksonville State2-2                   352      9
  18. VMI               3-1                   338      22
  19. Weber State 1-3                   319      14
  20. Kennesaw State 2-1                   225      23
  21. Rhode Island 3-0                   184      NR
  22. Richmond 2-2                   130      24
  23. UT Martin 3-1                   124      NR
  24. UIW 3-1                   120      NR
  25. New Hampshire 3-1                   116      21

Others Receiving Votes: Austin Peay 86, Alabama A&M 85, Holy Cross 74, Stephen F. Austin 71, Monmouth 35, Central Arkansas 33, Nicholls 33, Murray State 26, Jackson State 22, Chattanooga 20, Duquesne 13, Mercer 11, Princeton 11, Samford 7, South Dakota 6, Eastern Kentucky 4.

AFCS FCS Coaches Top 25

Team (First-place votes)                   Record            Points  Prv.

  1. Sam Houston (26)3-0                   698      1
  2. James Madison (1)3-0                   658      2
  3. South Dakota State (1)3-0                   652      3
  4. Montana 3-0                   614      4
  5. North Dakota State3-0                   589      5
  6. Eastern Washington 4-0                   567      6
  7. Southern Illinois 3-1                   494      8
  8. UC Davis 4-0                   479      10
  9. Villanova 3-1                   426      7
  10. Delaware 2-1                   425      11
  11. North Dakota 2-1                   400      13
  12. Montana State 3-1                   387      12
  13. Northern Iowa 2-1                   365      14
  14. ETSU 4-0                   354      17
  15. Southeastern 2-1                   317      16
  16. Missouri State 2-1                   275      18
  17. Jacksonville State2-2                   224      9
  18. Weber State 1-3                   158      15
  19. Chattanooga 1-2                   143      23
  20. Kennesaw State 2-1                   127      T24

21 Richmond                                      2-2                   115      21

  1. VMI 3-1                   102      NR
  2. Rhode Island 3-0                   87        NR

T24. Holy Cross                                  3-1                   67        NR

T24. UT Martin                                   3-1                   67        NR

Others receiving votes: Central Arkansas 47, New Hampshire 44, Alabama A&M 41, Stephen F. Austin 36, Austin Peay 20, Eastern Kentucky 18, Mercer 17, Nicholls 15, Harvard 12, Monmouth 12, UIW 10, Gardner-Webb 9, Jackson State 8, Charleston Southern 5, Duquesne 5, Illinois State 5, Murray State 5, North Carolina A&T 4, Northern Arizona 3, Northern Colorado 3, Florida A&M 1.

2021 opponents in bold italics

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