Coastal claims record-high No. 2 FCS national ranking

ccufoot-31cutbackThe 8-0 Coastal Carolina football program moved to a program-best #2 in the FCS Coaches poll while moving one spot to #3 in The Sports Network media poll.

The #2 national ranking is the highest by any Chanticleer program. In addition to the football team holding down the #3 spot for the previous five weeks, the Coastal Carolina baseball program climbed to as high as #3 in 2010. The men’s soccer program has additionally cracked the nation’s top five, coming in at a program-best #5 last season.

Coastal Carolina, one of seven NCAA Division I teams to remain undefeated (four in the FCS and three in the FBS), is the first Big South program to open the season 8-0 in consecutive seasons. The Chanticleers additionally extended their home winning streak to 12 games – the longest active streak in the Big South and tying the longest home win streak in school history. Coastal’s current eight-game win streak is third-best in the FCS, trailing North Dakota State (32 consecutive wins) and Harvard (10 consecutive wins), while its 12-game home win streak is the second-best active streak is the FCS’s behind North Dakota State (18 consecutive home wins).

Coastal Carolina opponents that also appear in this week’s polls include Liberty (#29/#31), North Carolina A&T (#32/#32), South Carolina State (#34/#38-t), Charleston Southern (#38-t/#42) and Presbyterian (#35/#43).

The Chanticleers return to action this Saturday (Nov. 1) at Gardner-Webb. Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm and the game will be telecast on the American Sports Network.

Coastal Carolina is the only FCS program – and one of just two in the whole of the NCAA joining Division II’s Henderson State – to be 5-0 in road games this season. The Chants have tied the Big South record for longest road win streak, matching the feat accomplished by Liberty (Oct. 20, 2007 – Oct. 4, 2008) and equaled by Charleston Southern last year from Aug. 31 – Oct. 12,2013.

Photo by Bill Grammer

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