Golden Eagle football ranked 21st in FCS poll

The Golden Eagles (4-1, 3-0) received national recognition this week as they cracked the top 25 in the polls for Football Championship Subdivision.

Tech is ranked 21 in the FCS Coaches poll and 23 in the Sports Network/ poll after a 34-31 victory over the UT-Martin Skyhawks (1-2, 1-1) last Saturday.

“It doesn’t mean a lot but yet it’s nice,” Head Coach Watson Brown said on Tuesday. “It’s still early in the year but it’s definitely better than the alternative.”

This marks the first time that the Golden Eagles have been ranked since the 2002 preseason polls. It is the first time they’ve held the honor during the regular season since November 2001.

Tech and #12 Jacksonville State (4-1, 3-0) are the only two Ohio Valley Conference teams in the top 25 and are currently tied atop the conference.

“Anytime [you are ranked] you are getting two things, recognition for your school and recognition for your league,” Brown said. “Those make it pretty neat.

“Other than that, you can’t really use these. You’ve just got to get ready for the next game.”

The team has an off week this week, then they have a conference matchup as they host the Tennessee State Tigers (1-4, 0-2) Oct. 15 at Tucker Stadium at 7 p.m.

This will be the second of three Sgt. York Trophy games this season.

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