SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University football team has dropped to No. 21 in the latest American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) top 25 and No. 16 in the D3football.com poll, the organizations announced.
Salisbury (6-2, 4-1 Empire 8) fell for the first time ever in Empire 8 Athletic Conference play, 21-14, at Ithaca College on Saturday.
The Sea Gulls earned 216 points in the AFCA poll, 38 ahead of Concordia (Ill.) University. The top-five teams remained the same with the University of Mount Union (1,049 points, 41 first-place votes) and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (1,006, one first-place vote) again sharing first-place votes.
In the D3football.com poll, SU received 230 points to finish ahead of Concordia College-Moorhead and Heidelberg University (186), which were tied for No. 17. The top-six teams stayed the same from last week. Mount Union (24 first-place votes, 624 points) and Mary Hardin-Baylor (one first-place vote, 597 points) claimed Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.
Salisbury hosts Utica College this Saturday at noon for Senior Day. A Sea Gulls' win would ensure their second straight Empire 8 title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.