After a 47-7 Homecoming victory over Nicholls State, Sam Houston State has jumped to No. 7 in the Sports Network NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national poll.
The Bearkats and No. 1 Georgia Southern stand as the only two unbeaten FCS teams this season. Sam Houston is off to a 6-0 season start for the first since since 1964 and only the third time in the university’s 97 years of college football.
Sam Houston stands atop the Southland Conference with a 3-0 league record that includes victories over Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin and Nicholls.
Sam Houston’s non-conference victories this year came against Western Illinois (an NCAA FCS playoff quarterfinalist in 2010), FBS Mountain West Conference member New Mexico, and FCS independent UTSA.
Sam Houston stands now as the only Southland team in the Sports Network FCS Top 25 after McNeese State dropped out of the poll following a 21-18 loss to Central Arkansas.
The Bearkats and the Cowboys meet this Saturday at Lake Charles, La., in a 7 p.m. contest.
Sam Houston cracked the Top 25 for the first time this year after the win over No. 18 Central Arkansas Sept. 17.
Before the UCA win, Sam Houston had gone 55 weeks out of the poll, the longest drought since the Bearkats went from Oct. 16, 1994 to Sept. 4, 2000. Ironically, it was a 35-14 loss to Central Arkansas that knocked Sam Houston out of the polls in 2007. Sam Houston’s highest national ranking ever was 3rd on Nov. 8 and Dec. 20 in 2004.