Cullowhee, N.C. - After battling fifth-ranked Wofford into overtime last weekend in Spartanburg, Western Carolina football advanced in both of the national polls released on Monday afternoon. The Catamounts moved up one spot in both of the national polls this week, climbing to 21st in the STATS FCS media poll while debuting at No. 25 in the latest FCS Coaches Poll.
Additionally, in the latest FCS Power Rankings published by national FCS pundit, Craig Haley, in Athlon Sports (athlonsports.com), the Catamounts ranked out at No. 19 for a second-consecutive week.
Western Carolina (4-2, 2-1 SoCon) moved into the national rankings a week ago at No. 22 in the STATS FCS poll, the first time the Catamounts had graced a Top 25 poll since 2006 when it held the same ranking by the media vote. After sitting just outside of the Top 25 last week as the first team in the "others receiving votes" category in 26th overall, WCU moved into the coaches' tabulations for the first time since ranking 23rd, also coming back in 2006.
WCU is one of four Southern Conference teams to grace this week's FCS Coaches poll. League-leader, Wofford (5-0, 3-0 SoCon) remained fifth while Samford (4-2, 2-1 SoCon) jumped up to No. 18 this week. The Citadel (3-2, 1-2 SoCon) slipped to No. 22 in the rankings, just ahead of WCU, which was one of two teams to move from the "others receiving votes" category into the national rankings.
In the STATS FCS media polling, Wofford remained fifth while Samford came in at 19th. WCU jumped over The Citadel to 21st, while the Bulldogs are ranked 23rd this week. Two additional league teams were in the "others receiving votes" category in Mercer (7) and Furman (3).
Western Carolina (4-2, 2-1 SoCon) returns home to the friendly confines of E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field in Cullowhee this Saturday to host Southern Conference mountain rival, ETSU (3-3, 1-2 SoCon). Kickoff of the Blue Ridge Border Battle between the Catamounts and the Bucs is set for 3:30 pm.
Individual game tickets for Saturday, as well as special mini-plans for the remaining three home dates that also includes the Oct. 28 Homecoming date with Furman, are on sale now through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Ramsey Center, by phone at (800) 34-GOWCU or (828) 227-2401, or online at CatamountSports.com.
Saturday's game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with a 2:30 pm air time. Fans can also catch the game live on WCU's production on ESPN3.