After three weeks of the 2017 college football season, Ashland University's football team is back where it started – just outside of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coaches' Top 25 poll.
For the fourth consecutive AFCA poll, the latest of which was released on Monday (Sept. 18) afternoon, the Eagles (2-1 overall, 1-0 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) are among teams receiving votes. For the first time since the 2017 preseason poll, Ashland is the top team on the outside looking in of the Top 25.
In Monday's poll, the Eagles received 47 votes. No. 25 Catawba, N.C., received 54.
Since 2000, when the AFCA took over the official coaches' poll, Ashland has been in the Top 25 on 59 occasions. The 2017 preseason poll snapped a streak of 25 consecutive times the Eagles landed in the Top 25.
Ashland will bring an 18-game regular-season home winning streak into its matchup on Saturday (Sept. 23) at 7 p.m. at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field against No. 2-ranked Ferris State (2-0, 1-0). The game will be streamed nationally on ESPN3 as part of the 2017 Division II Football Showcase.