UMaine football is guaranteed at least a share of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship and yet today's national polls have the  Black Bears ranked as the 5th best team in the CAA and 8th best in another poll.

Lack of respect perhaps?

Below is the STATS FCS weekly poll which keeps UMaine #16 while James Madison, Stony Brook, Elon and Towson all are ranked higher. The Bears have beaten Towson and can win the CAA outright with a victory over Elon this week.

The AFCA Coaches poll has Maine #19 and the 6th best CAA team.

Rank School Votes Prev
1 North Dakota State (10-0) 3875 (155) 1
2 Kennesaw State (9-1) 3677 2
3 Weber State (8-2) 3502 3
4 Eastern Washington (8-2) 3415 5
5 South Dakota State (7-2) 3262 6
6 Jacksonville State (8-2) 2822 8
7 James Madison (7-3) 2806 9
8 Colgate (9-0) 2691 10
9 UC Davis (8-2) 2635 4
10 Stony Brook (7-3) 2379 12
11 Princeton (9-0) 2099 13
12 North Carolina A&T (8-2) 1989 14
13 Wofford (7-3) 1838 15
14 Elon (6-3) 1794 7
15 Towson (7-3) 1784 20
16 Maine (7-3) 1728 16
17 Delaware (7-3) 1572 11
18 Nicholls (7-3) 1528 17
19 ETSU (8-2) 1315 19
20 Dartmouth (8-1) 776 25
21 San Diego (8-2) 495 NR
22 McNeese (6-4) 447 18
23 Southeast Missouri State(7-3) 412 21
24 UIW (6-4) 378 NR
25 Montana State (6-4) 152 NR
Others: Indiana State (124) , Idaho State (112) , Lamar (99) ,Alcorn State (90) , Montana (89) , UNI (81) , Furman (74) ,North Dakota (72) , Monmouth (56) , Abilene Christian (47) ,Illinois State (37) , Duquesne (34) , Chattanooga (25) , Western Illinois (16) , Sam Houston State (13) , Rhode Island (12) ,Central Arkansas (10) , Murray State (6) , Southern University(4) , Florida A&M (3)
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NOTE: UMaine Joe Harasymiak said during the weekly CAA coaches teleconference that QB Chris Ferguson will be monitored and is day-to-day after injuring his shoulder again during the second half of the win over Richmond on Saturday.