UMaine football made its historic playoff run to the national semi-finals and now the pollsters hand out the final rankings for the year. Depending on which poll you look at, the Black Bears finish #4 or #5.

That is the highest ranking for Maine in the playoff era.

The Coaches Poll put (11-2) Kennesaw State ahead of Maine in the #4 spot. The STATS poll has Maine ranked #4

The Bears won the CAA title and then eventually lost in the semis to Eastern Washington.

James Madison University was the next highest CAA team at #9/#10.

AFCA COACHES FINAL POLL

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Post-seasonHead Coach
1.North Dakota St. (26)15-06501D. No. 3 Eastern Washington, 38-24, in championshipChris Klieman
2.Eastern Washington12-36233Lost to No. 1 North Dakota St., 38-24, in championshipAaron Best
3.South Dakota St.10-35905Lost to No. 1 North Dakota St., 44-21, in semifinalsJohn Stiegelmeier
4.Kennesaw St.11-25582Lost to No. 5 South Dakota St., 27-17, in quarterfinalsBrian Bohannon
5.Maine10-452114Lost to No. 3 Eastern Washington, 50-19, in semifinalsJoe Harasymiak
6.Weber St.10-35024Lost to No. 14 Maine, 23-18, in quarterfinalsJay Hill
7.Colgate10-24927Lost to No. 1 North Dakota St., 35-0, in quarterfinalsDan Hunt
8.UC Davis10-346810Lost to No. 3 Eastern Washington, 34-29, in quarterfinalsDan Hawkins
9.Princeton10-04328Nov. 17, D. Penn, 42-14Bob Surace
10.James Madison9-44056Lost to No. 7 Colgate, 23-20, in second roundMike Houston
11.North Carolina A&T10-238811D. Alcorn St., 24-22, in Celebration BowlSam Washington
12.Wofford9-436412Lost to No. 2 Kennesaw St., 13-10, in second roundJosh Conklin
13.Jacksonville St.9-43479Lost to No. 14 Maine, 55-27, in second roundJohn Grass
14.Nicholls9-432813Lost to No. 3 Eastern Washington, 42-21, in second roundTim Rebowe
15.Dartmouth9-127515Nov. 17, D. Brown, 49-7Buddy Teevens
16.Southeast Missouri St.9-423520Lost to No. 4 Weber St., 48-23, in second roundTom Matukewicz
17.Montana St.8-519324Lost to No. 1 North Dakota St., 52-10, in second roundJeff Choate
18.Stony Brook7-516116Lost to No. 20 Southeast Missouri St., 28-14, in first roundChuck Priore
19.Elon6-515317Lost to No. 12 Wofford, 19-7, in first roundCurt Cignetti
20.San Diego9-313318Lost to No. 13 Nicholls, 49-30, in first roundDale Lindsey
21.East Tennessee St.8-412821Lost to No. 9 Jacksonville St., 34-27, in first roundRandy Sanders
22.Towson7-59219Lost to Duquesne, 31-10, in first roundRob Ambrose
23.Delaware7-58923Lost to No. 6 James Madison, 20-6, in first roundDanny Rocco
24.Duquesne9-483NRLost to No. 5 South Dakota St., 51-6, in second roundJerry Schmitt
25.Indiana St.7-47722DNQ PlayoffsCurt Mallory

 

STATS FCS FINAL TOP 25

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1North Dakota State (15-0)3900 (156)1
2Eastern Washington (12-3)37414
3South Dakota State (10-3)35635
4Maine (10-4)329912
5Kennesaw State (11-2)32242
6Weber State (10-3)30963
7UC Davis (10-3)29397
8Colgate (10-2)28369
9James Madison (9-4)25326
10Jacksonville State (9-4)23608
11Princeton (10-0)218910
12North Carolina A&T (10-2)213611
13Wofford (9-4)213513
14Nicholls (9-4)195114
15Southeast Missouri State (9-4)158720
16Stony Brook (7-5)116315
17Montana State (8-5)115723
18Dartmouth (9-1)98118
19Elon (6-5)90917
20Towson (7-5)80316
21Duquesne (9-4)699NR
22ETSU (8-4)68622
23UNI (7-6)676NR
24Delaware (7-5)67021
25San Diego (9-3)63519