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App State Approaching Top 25 in Coaches, AP Polls (2018-10-08 02:00:51)

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State continued to climb closer to a top-25 football ranking, as the Mountaineers are unofficially No. 29 in this week's Amway Coaches Poll and No. 31 in the AP Top 25.

App State, which faces Arkansas State on ESPN2 in a Sun Belt Conference game Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET, has a program-best 38 voting points in the coaches poll and 11 voting points in the AP poll.
 
Appalachian State (3-1, 1-0) ranks No. 2 nationally in scoring offense (51.8 points) and 15th nationally in scoring defense (17.0 points), making the Mountaineers the second-place team nationally in point differential per game at 34.8.
 
According to historical data from the College Poll Archive site, ­­­App State is receiving votes in the AP poll for the 11th time, starting with a pair of vote-getting appearances outside the top 20 in 1948. The Mountaineers returned to the "others receiving votes" category in 2007, after their season-opening upset of Michigan as an FCS program led the AP to make lower-division schools eligible for the poll and prompted Appalachian to tally 19 voting points with a 2-0 start.
 
App State received votes in the AP poll three times that season and three times during an 11-2 season in 2015. Coming off a 10-3 season in 2016, App State received votes in the 2017 preseason poll, and it has received votes each of the last two weeks in this year's AP poll.

Photo Courtesy: Anthony Flory, App State Sports



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