Cullowhee, N.C. - Following last Saturday’s road win over the defending Southern Conference football champion, The Citadel, the Western Carolina Catamounts resurfaced in the FCS Coaches Poll while advancing in the STATS FCS polling this week. WCU is ranked 25th in the latest poll of the coaches while climbing to 22nd in the media tabulations.
WCU moved back into the Top 25 in the tabulations of the coaches’, jumping two spots from 27th in the “others receiving votes” category a week ago. The Catamounts have appeared in the polling for seven-consecutive weeks, returning to the Top 25 for fourth-time and having risen as high as 20th in the coaches’ balloting.
WCU is among three SoCon teams in the FCS Coaches Poll, headlined by No. 8 Wofford, up one spot from a week ago. Samford moved up a spot to No. 15, with WCU rounding out the poll in 25th. Furman (37) remained just outside the national rankings in the “others receiving votes” category at 28th nationally while The Citadel (9) continues to receive votes and is listed 32nd overall.
The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS and is administered by the Southern Conference.
In the STATS FCS poll, WCU again advanced two spots from 24th a week ago into 22nd. WCU has appeared in the media voting for 10-consecutive weeks, riding a string of six-straight weeks inside the Top 25 that included a season-high of 18th back on Oct. 22.
Wofford leads four SoCon teams in the media poll at No. 8, with Samford at No. 16, followed by Furman at No. 21 and WCU at No. 22.
A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the STATS FCS Top 25. A first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.
Western Carolina (7-3, 5-2 SoCon) returns home this Saturday for its final regular season home game, hosting the Mercer Bears (4-5, 3-4 SoCon) at E.J. Whitmire Stadium Bob Waters Field as the 21 senior members of the Catamount football team will be honored in a special pregame ceremony. WCU will also recognize all of the senior members of the WCU Dance Team, the Catamount cheerleaders, and the "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band, with the latter following the band’s halftime performance. In addition, WCU will recognize its newest inductee into the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame, former Catamount football player and coach, Don Powers, during the first quarter break.
Saturday’s game is also “Military Appreciation Day” with former and active members of the military receiving free admission in addition to a $15 ticket for their families, with the same deal extended to all first-responders including active and retired police, fire, and emergency services personnel. WCU Faculty & Staff will also have the option at receiving a free ticket with their valid WCU employee ID.
Tickets for Saturday's regular season home finale are on sale online at CatamountSports.com, as well as weekdays through the WCU Athletics Ticket Office on the first floor of the Ramsey Center and by phone at (828) 227-2401. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 pm.