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A&T climbs one spot to program-best No. 4 in FCS Top 25 rankings
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A&T climbs one spot to program-best No. 4 in FCS Top 25 rankings

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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.

The Aggies are well behind consensus No. 3 South Dakota State (1-0) in both polls.

A&T finished No. 6 in both final polls last year after going 12-0 and winning the Celebration Bowl.

Contact Jeff Mills at (336) 373-7024, and follow @JeffMillsNR on Twitter.

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