McNeese State No. 1; Western Illinois 7th in I-AA poll

Updated: October 20, 2003, 3:47 PM ET

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey - McNeese State remained at the top and Western Illinois dropped five spots to seventh in the latest ESPN/USA Today Division I-AA coaches poll released Monday.

McNeese State (5-1) defeated Southern Utah, 33-20, and received 37 first-place votes and 1,108 points in a nationwide panel of Division I-AA coaches.

Western Illinois (5-2) was surprised by Southern Illinois, 37-32, and took the most notable fall in the poll this week. Southern Illinois, off to its first 7-0 start since 1983, rose three spots to fourth this week and received four first-place votes.

Villanova (7-0), which was idle last week, moved up one spot to second and received the other four first-place votes. Delaware (7-0) beat Rhode Island, 55-10, and inched up one spot to third.

Massachusetts (6-1), which faces Villanova this week, is fifth, followed by Wofford (6-1), Western Illinois, Western Kentucky (5-2), Northern Iowa (6-1) and Northern Arizona (6-1).

Bethune Cookman (6-1) is 11th, followed by Montana (5-2), Southern (7-0), Pennsylvania (5-0), Idaho State (5-2), Grambling (5-2), Colgate (7-0), Northwestern State (6-2), Florida Atlantic (6-2) and Georgia Southern (4-3).

Harvard (5-0), Furman (4-3), North Carolina A&T (6-1), Hampton (5-1) and Fordham (5-2) complete the poll.

Maine (3-3) was 20th last week and dropped out after a 20-14 loss to Northeastern.

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