UMaine's big win over New Hampshire on opening night has jumped the Black Bears into 22nd place in the national poll. Meanwhile, senior linebacker Sterling Sheffield has been named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

Maine dominated UNH 35-7 last Thursday night and pollsters took notice. While the Black Bears went from unranked to #22 in the STATS/FCS Poll, the Wildcats dropped from #7 down to #20.

Sheffield was a major factor on defense with two tackles for losses, two sacks and one pass breakup. UNH had just 108 total yards of offense and a -15 trying to run the ball.

UMaine travels to FBS Western Kentucky for a game Saturday night.

STATS FCS Poll
Rankings as of 9/3/2018
Rank School Votes Prev
1 North Dakota State (1-0) 3997 (157) 1
2 James Madison (0-1) 3700 (1) 2
3 South Dakota State (0-0) 3619 3
4 Sam Houston State (0-0) 3410 4
5 North Carolina A&T (2-0) 3103 (2) 14
6 Eastern Washington (1-0) 2930 9
7 Kennesaw State (0-1) 2807 5
8 Wofford (1-0) 2637 10
9 Samford (1-0) 2398 11
10 Weber State (0-1) 2388 8
11 Nicholls (1-0) 2297 18
12 Villanova (1-0) 2169 19
13 Jacksonville State (0-1) 2116 6
14 Montana (1-0) 1716 24
15 Elon (0-1) 1586 12
16 McNeese (1-0) 1493 17
17 Central Arkansas (0-1) 1253 16
18 Northern Arizona (1-0) 1142 NR
19 Illinois State (1-0) 974 21
20 New Hampshire (0-1) 964 7
21 UNI (0-1) 921 13
22 Maine (1-0) 568 NR
23 South Dakota (0-1) 538 NR
24 Stony Brook (0-1) 433 20
25 Furman (0-1) 432 23