Sam Houston State’s 38-9 victory at Southeastern Louisiana last Saturday combined with a loss by formerly No. 3 ranked Appalachian State has moved the Bearkats into the No. 3 spot in the November 7 edition of the Sports Network NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national poll.
The announcement of today’s rankings marks only the third time in Sam Houston’s 24 years at the NCAA Division I has been stood No. 3 nationally. The 2004 Bearkats were No. 3 on November 8, 2004, following a 52-47 victory over McNeese State and No. 3 in the final poll on December 20, 2004 after an NCAA playoff semifinal appearance at Montana.
North Dakota State and Montana State remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the Sports Network rankings.
Sam Houston will be aiming for their first-ever undisputed Southland Conference football championship and a record-tying 12th consecutive victory Saturday when the Bearkats play host to Northwestern State at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium.
The contest, which will be telecast to a three-state network by Southland TV, will kickoff at 3:05 p.m. (a change from the previously announced 2 p.m. start due to television).
Long-time Bearkat fans will remember that Northwestern State was the team that knocked Sam Houston out of its first No. 3 national ranking, defeating Sam Houston 45-27 in Natchitoches, La., in 2004.
Saturday’s contest with the Demons marks the final regular season home game for Sam Houston State. The Bearkats will close out the 2011 schedule in a road non-conference matchup with NCAA Division I FCS independent Texas State in San Marcos on November 19.