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Business as usual for top-ranked Eagles


Georgia Southern may have topped the Football Championship Subdivision polls with a No. 1 ranking after its 62-21 win over Tusculum Saturday, but the polls aren't even on the Eagles' radar.

"The No. 1 ranking doesn't mean anything to us, and I'm not going to make a big deal out of it or address it," said GSU coach Jeff Monken. "Our guys will see enough things on the films from this past week that we'll need to improve on to realize that we don't deserve a No. 1 ranking right now. There's a lot of 2-0 teams in the country, very good football teams. We're 2-0 just like they are, and I don't know what necessarily makes us the No. 1 team at this point."

That doesn't make the top ranking completely meaningless.

"It's nice for our fans," Monken added. "They can boast to their friends who are at rival schools. Really, it doesn't mean anything more than that. We have nine more regular-season games to go, and we haven't played a great football game yet."

There is one poll that matters, but it won't come out for a while.

"The rankings don't mean anything until it's all over in January," Monken said.


The 200-win club

With No. 3 Appalachian State's 58-6 win in the home-opener Saturday against North Carolina A&T, Jerry Moore became only the 16th coach in NCAA history to win 200 games at one NCAA program.

Moore was more concerned with shaking off the season-opening, 66-13 loss at Virginia Tech.

"It's kind of hard to get the Virginia Tech thing out of your mind," Moore said. "That [A&T win] helped erase some of it, anyway."

Next Saturday at 6 p.m., the Mountaineers (2-0) will host another struggling FCS program in Savannah State (0-2). Scheduling top-tier FCS competition has been tough on an ASU program with six Southern Conference titles and three national championships in the last six years.

"Well, we've been pretty good for a while," said Moore. "Take another team in our division that's a good football team. We're trying to get home games, and most of those guys are wanting to win eight ballgames and have at least have a shot at getting in the playoffs. It's been hard to schedule teams like that."


A feel-good win

Chattanooga (1-1) got revenge for a 2010, 21-17 loss to Jacksonville State by knocking off the No. 10 Gamecocks 38-17 Saturday in the home opener.

The Mocs held Georgia transfer Washaun Ealey to 49 yards on 10 carries.

"I think maybe people around town are pretty excited about the win," said UTC coach Russ Huesman. "Our players feel good because they know they beat a pretty good team. As far as feeling too full of themselves, I hope they're not. They didn't seem like they thought they were the greatest thing going, and that's good."


A feel-good loss

Though No. 9 Wofford (1-1) lost a road game, the back-and-fourth, 35-27 loss at Clemson left the Terriers with plenty to build on.

"The final score wasn't to our liking, but we really played hard," said Wofford coach Mike Ayers, "played really well for the majority of the game, against some great athletes."


Plenty of down time

The only SoCon teams in action Saturday are Appalachian State, Chattanooga and Elon, which faces North Carolina Central on Saturday.

Everybody else gets the weekend off, which most coaches agree can be a good thing early in the season with the conference schedule getting ready to kick into full swing..

"We had a three-week camp and we practice in the heat, and I worry about out guys getting leg weary," said Monken. I think this last weekend was nice for them, taking Sunday and [Monday] off. To be able to take this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, off completely, will be good for us in terms of getting some rest. I think it's coming at a good point for us, at least for our team."

"I kind of concur with him," added Samford coach Pat Sullivan, whose Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1 SoCon) defeated Concord 48-10 on Saturday. "We had such a long, hot camp, and we had to practice on turf. Of course opening with a team like Georgia Southern, we put a lot into it. Having Wofford [up next in two weeks], we can certainly use the extra preparation time."


Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.