C-N ranked 7th in first region football rankings
JEFFERSON CITY — If the playoffs started today, Carson-Newman football would be on the outside looking in. The Eagles have been ranked seventh in the first regional poll of the season.
However, that’s not to say the Eagles can’t improve upon that standing. Carson-Newman plays the first and second ranked teams in the region in the next two weeks. Lenoir-Rhyne opened the region rankings in first; Newberry sits in the spot behind the Bears.
UNC Pembroke, Tuskegee and North Alabama round out the top six. The Eagles are in front of Delta State, Valdosta State and Wingate.
Of the top seven teams. Carson-Newman has the worst strength of schedule amongst past competition. The Eagles’ SOS ranks 151st in the nation. With the exception of North Alabama, every team in the top six has a SOS in the top 50 in the nation. North Alabama’s SOS is 92nd.
However, Carson-Newman has the ninth most difficult schedule remaining among teams in the region. The Eagles have the ninth toughest final three games nationally.
Carson-Newman’s strength of schedule for past and future competition will bring the Eagles up to 68, which would move the Eagles past West Alabama, who’s cumulative SOS is 73. UNCP has the toughest cumulative SOS in the region with the toughest schedule in the nation.
The Eagles take on the top ranked team in the region, Lenoir-Rhyne Saturday in Hickory, N.C. Kickoff for what The Sporting News ranked as the best game in the SAC in its preseason publication is slated for 2 p.m.
-From Contributed Reports