Mocs Football Team Ranked 18th in Latest FCS Top 25 Poll

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(gomocs.com) The Chattanooga Mocs cracked the Stats Perform FCS Top 25 this week.  Coming off a 24-13 win over No. 11 Wofford, UTC checks in at No. 18 for the first time this season.

The Mocs are ranked for the first time under head coach Rusty Wright.  The last time UTC was in the top 25 was Week 5 of the 2018 season.  Coming off a 27-20 win over No. 17 Samford, UTC took a No. 20 national ranking to ETSU where they fell to the Buccaneers 17-14 on Sept. 29.

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UTC held the Wofford triple-option attack to less than 200 yards (199 = 148 rush + 51 pass) of total offense for the first time since 177 yards at North Dakota State on Dec. 9, 2017.  It was the Mocs’ first win over Wofford since a 20-17 win on Oct. 24, 2015, snapping a four-game losing streak in the series.

It was also the Mocs’ first win over a ranked team since a 23-21 win at No. 8 Samford on Oct. 28, 2017, and the highest ranked home win since a 38-17 win over No. 10 Jacksonville State on Sept. 10, 2011.

Other notables in the rankings include James Madison, who takes over the top spot after Southern Illinois ended North Dakota State’s 39-game winning streak with a 38-14 win in Carbondale, Ill., on Saturday.  Furman drops from 10th to No. 17 after a 14-13 loss to VMI.  Wofford is No. 20, while the Keydets are receiving votes.

Up next for Chattanooga is a trip to The Citadel. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) on Saturday, March 6, at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, S.C.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.