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CSU moves to 18th in Coaches' Poll; Highest in School History

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Charleston Southern jumped six spots to No. 18 – the highest ranking in school history - in this week's FCS Coaches Poll, released on Monday afternoon.

The Buccaneers are among the largest movers in the poll, bouncing up to No. 18 after holding the 24th spot last week. CSU beat Charlotte, 36-14, on Saturday to improve to 8-1 overall. This is also the third-straight week the Bucs have been ranked, also a school record.

CSU received 175 points and is 13 points behind No. 17 New Hampshire. Southern Conference leader-Samford is No. 19 and received 138 total points.

The Bucs are 1-0 in Big South play and close out their season with four-straight Big South games beginning with a road trip to Clinton, S.C. to face Presbyterian on Saturday. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. at Bailey Memorial Stadium.  

CSU also jumped into the Sports Network Poll for the second time in the history of the poll (Nov. 2006). The Bucs are ranked 24th.

The top nine teams remain the same in the FCS Coaches poll after all nine squads posted wins over the weekend, while Youngstown State takes over the No. 10 spot.

North Dakota State still sits at No.1, taking all 26 first-place votes for the sixth time in 2013. Eastern Illinois (618), Coastal Carolina (580), Eastern Washington (574) and Montana State (533) keep their spots in the top five, with each team increasing its point total from last week.

Towson (518), McNeese State (494), Fordham (473) and Sam Houston State (452) also hold their 6-9 spots from last week, and Youngstown State enters the top 10 for the first time this season after earning 394 points from the coaches.

Maine jumps two spots to No. 11 with 371 points, followed by Bethune-Cookman at No. 12 with 362 points. Montana drops three spots to No. 10 after dropping a 42-37 contest to No. 4 Eastern Washington on Saturday.

Northern Arizona (283) and Central Arkansas (5-3) both jump four spots to round out the top 15. Wofford fell five spots to No. 16, earning 235 points from the coaches. New Hampshire (188) and Charleston Southern (175) break into the top 20, while Samford (138) makes this week's biggest leap, jumping to No. 19 after being unranked.

South Dakota State (112) and Lehigh (110) are No. 20 and No. 21, followed by Villanova at No. 22 with 105 points. James Madison earned 99 points to take No. 23 and Tennessee State (94) drops three spots to No. 24.  Southeastern Louisiana enters the poll in the final slot after receiving 67 points from the coaches.

Northern Iowa and Harvard dropped from the rankings after being ranked No. 18 and No. 23, respectively, last week.

The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.

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