Sep 30, 2013 8:39 PM by Bill Halter
After getting as high as 10th in the Coaches Poll and 12th in the Sports Network Media Poll after an opening season win against San Diego, Cal Poly dropped to 19 and 18 following losses to FBS teams. Despite an impressive road win at Portland State (3-2) last Thursday the Mustangs stayed at 19 in the Coaches Poll and 18 in the Media Poll.
The voters were more impressed with Northern Arizona's 34-16 win against Montana. The Lumberjacks (3-1) jumped Cal Poly in both polls. Lehigh (4-0) moved ahead of the Mustangs in the Media Poll after a 34-27 win against New Hampshire.
Eastern Washington (2-2), South Dakota State (3-2), Montana (3-1), McNeese State (4-1) and Wofford (2-2) all stayed ahead of Cal Poly in both polls despite losses. New Hampshire (1-2) stayed ahead of the Mustangs in the Coaches Poll.
Cal Poly (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky) will host Yale (2-0, 1-0 Ivy League) at 2:05pm on Saturday. It will be the first matchup between a Big Sky school and one from the Ivy League.
Yale is averaging 38.5 points and 551.5 yards in total offense per game and has already equalled its win total from a year ago. Yale averages 270 yards per game on the ground and 281.5 yards through the air. Cal Poly and Yale are tied for first in the Football Championship Subdivision in turnovers with two.
The Bulldogs have won 14 Ivy League titles, the last coming in 2006. The program has won 868 games in 138-plus seasons of football. Yale returned 37 letter winners, including 15 starters, off a 2012 squad that finished last in the Ivy League with a 1-6 record. The school is located in New Haven, Connecticut.
After playing no home games in September for the first time since 2000, the Mustangs will play five of their next seven games at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Cal Poly will resume Big Sky play on October 12 with a home game against Weber State.
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