The steady climb up the national polls continues for UMaine football. The (9-1) Black Bears are #6 in the national FCS poll conducted by the Sports Network. Maine is one of five CAA teams ranked in the top-25.

When Maine defeated Albany Saturday, the Bears set school history for best start ever. The opponent this week is Rhode Island - a home game. A win gives Maine the CAA title.

Here's a look at the new SPORTS NETWORK POLL...

The Sports Network FCS Top 25

College Football Poll

Team (First-place votes)

2013 Record

Points

Previous Rank

1. North Dakota State Bison (156)

9-0

3900

1

2. Eastern Illinois Panthers

9-1

3686

2

3. Eastern Washington Eagles

8-2

3579

3

4. Sam Houston State Bearkats

8-2

3332

6

5. Fordham Rams

10-0

3178

7

6. Maine Black Bears

9-1

3049

8

7. Montana Grizzlies

8-2

2624

10

8. Montana State Bobcats

7-3

2598

4

9. McNeese State Cowboys

8-2

2523

11

10. Towson Tigers

8-2

2328

13

11. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

9-1

2257

5

12. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

7-2

2208

14

13. Charleston Southern Buccaneers

10-1

2108

18

14. Southeastern Louisiana Lions

8-2

2035

16

15. Youngstown State Penguins

8-2

1697

9

16. William & Mary Tribe

7-3

1428

23

17. Chattanooga Mocs

8-2

1208

24

18. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

8-2

1089

12

19. South Dakota State Jackrabbits

6-4

1087

19

20. Lehigh Mountain Hawks

7-2

982

21

21. Delaware Blue Hens

7-3

969

15

22. Jacksonville State Gamecocks

8-2

592

NR

23. New Hampshire Wildcats

5-4

513

25

24. Wofford Terriers

5-4

453

17

25. Princeton Tigers

7-1

267

NR

Others receiving votes: Samford 180, Tennessee State 142, James Madison 140, Southern Utah 133, Villanova 93, South Carolina State 75, Harvard 52, Northern Iowa 35, Central Arkansas 25, Jackson State 20, Eastern Kentucky 19, Georgia Southern 18, Furman 15, Cal Poly 14, Illinois State 14, Sacred Heart 10, Missouri State 7, UT Martin 6, Liberty 4, Southern Illinois 3, Jacksonville 2, San Diego 1, Florida A&M 1, Alcorn State 1.