GREENSBORO — Another week. Another victory. Another jump in a national poll.
This time into uncharted territory.
N.C. A&T clobbered fellow FCS team Gardner-Webb 45-6 in the Aggies’ non-conference home opener Saturday night to run the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games in a row.
And now A&T (3-0) is ranked a program-best No. 4 in one national poll, while remaining No. 6 in the other for the Football Championship Subdivision.
A&T received three first-place votes and moved up one spot to No. 4, jumping over Sam Houston State (1-0), in the STATS FCS Top 25, a national poll of 160 conference, school and media officials. Sam Houston beat Prairie View 41-32 in its opener Saturday.
This is the best ranking in the A&T’s history. The Aggies were No. 5 twice: last week and on Oct. 20, 1993 (one week before a loss to Howard that dropped them back to No. 14).
A&T remained at No. 6 in the FCS Coaches Poll, which compiles rankings based on 26 voters’ ballots.
North Dakota State (1-0) is the overwhelming No. 1 in both polls, getting 154 first-place votes in the STATS poll and 25 first-place votes among the coaches. No. 2 James Madison (1-1) got two first-place votes in the STATS poll and one from a voting coach.