Football Bowl Subdivision
Sacred Heart ranked for first time
RJ Noel
Sacred Heat quarterback RJ Noel is averaging
277.7 total yards per game with 16 total touchdowns.
Philadelphia, PA ( - Those who downplay national rankings because the games on the field ultimately decide a season should consider North Dakota State.

The Bison are thrilled to have the No. 1 ranking in the FCS and be able to defend it every week.

Better yet, consider Sacred Heart. The first-place team in the Northeast Conference race moved into The Sports Network FCS Top 25 for the first time in program history on Monday, turning an important win over Duquesne into the No. 24 national ranking.

Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, Sacred Heart is a small school whose athletic director - former major league player and manager Bobby Valentine - is more well-known than the football coach.   Full Story | Freshmen lead FCS players of the week

Four linebackers join Buchanan Award Watch List
By Craig Haley, FCS Executive Director
Philadelphia, PA ( - The most decorated position in the history of the Buck Buchanan Award is linebacker.

Tuesday's addition of four more linebackers to the Watch List for the outstanding defensive player in the FCS is a perfect fit. There's no denying the dominance of Villanova's Don Cherry, Southeastern Louisiana's Isiah Corbett, Cal Poly's Nick Dzubnar and Sacramento State's Darnell Sankey this season.

The Buchanan, presented by The Sports Network, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season.  Full Story