Skyhawks Football continues climb up national polls sitting as high as 16th

 Skyhawks Football continues climb up national polls sitting as high as 16th

The UT Martin football team climbed a handful of spots in both national polls this week, ranking No. 16 in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 while sitting No. 17 in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25.

The Skyhawks were previously ranked 21st in both the AFCA Coaches’ Poll and the Stats Perform Poll. UT Martin is the only OVC program to be ranked or receive votes in either poll.

The Skyhawks (4-1, 1-0 OVC) have won four straight contests dating back to September 11 – including a decisive 48-24 home victory over conference rival Murray State to open league play last week. UT Martin scored 35 unanswered points in the contests while tallying six offensive touchdowns – including five on the ground – and one defensive score on a pick-six return of 47 yards.

UT Martin currently ranks in the top-25 in 15 different team categories and 11 individual categories. The squad also sits amongst the nation’s top 15 teams in blocked punts allowed (zero, 1st), sacks allowed (0.8, 7th), time of possession (33:44, 10th), rushing offense (227.6, 11th), winning percentage (80.0%, 12th), third down conversion percentage (46.6%, 13th), tackles for loss allowed (4.4, 15th).

Additionally, the Skyhawks lead the OVC in 12 statistical categories including scoring offense (34.2 ppg), total offense (432.0), rushing offense (227.6), rushing defense (227.6), interceptions (seven), third-down conversions (46.6%), opponent fourth-down conversions (30.0%), red zone defense (72.7%), punting (40.2), PAT kicking (100%), sacks allowed (four) and time of possession (33:44).

Stats Perform FCS Top 25
1.   Sam Houston (39)                  5-0       1,229         1
2.   Eastern Washington (9)       6-0       1,186         4
3.   North Dakota State (2)         5-0       1,174         5
4.   Southern Illinois                     5-1       1,081         8
5.   Montana                                  4-1       996            6
6.   Villanova                                  4-1       977            11
7.   South Dakota State               4-1       972            2
8.   James Madison                       4-1       906            3
9.   Montana State                       5-1       881            10
10.  East Tennessee State            6-0       796            12
11.  Southeastern Louisiana        4-1       741            14
12.  Rhode Island                           5-0       694            18
13.  UC Davis                                   5-1       564            7
14.  Delaware                                 3-2       559            9
15.  Kennesaw State                     4-1       543            17
16.  Northern Iowa                       3-2       410            16
17.  UT Martin                         4-1       409            21
18.  UIW                                           4-1       344            20
19.  Weber State                            2-3       330            19
20.  Missouri State                        3-2       285            15
21.  South Dakota                          4-2       229            NR
22.  North Dakota                          2-3       216            13
23.  New Hampshire                      3-2       124            22
24.  Jacksonville State                  3-3       122            24
25.  Princeton                                 4-0       88              NR

FCS Coaches’ Poll
1.   Sam Houston (27)                  5-0       698            1
2.   Eastern Washington (1)       6-0       664            4
3.   North Dakota State               5-0       639            5
4.   Southern Illinois                     5-1       588            7
5.   Villanova                                  4-1       566            9
6.   Montana                                  4-1       562            6
7.   James Madison                       4-1       508            2
8.   South Dakota State               4-1       483            3
9.   Montana State                       5-1       475            11
10.  East Tennessee State            6-0       467            13
11.  Southeastern Louisiana        4-1       413            14
12.  UC Davis                                   5-1       346            8
13.  Kennesaw State                     4-1       336            17
14.  Rhode Island                           5-0       334            20
15.  Delaware                                 3-2       261            10
16.  UT Martin                         4-1       253            21
17.  Northern Iowa                       3-2       244            12
18.  Weber State                            2-3       207            18
19.  Harvard                                    4-0       142            22
20.  Princeton                                 4-0       125            24
21.  South Dakota                          4-2       104            NR
22.  Jacksonville State                  3-3       102            23
23.  Missouri State                        3-2       95              16
24.  North Dakota                          2-3       94              15
25.  Jackson State                          4-1       73              NR