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.

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1North Dakota State (10-0)3875 (155)1
2Kennesaw State (9-1)36772
3Weber State (8-2)35023
4Eastern Washington (8-2)34155
5South Dakota State (7-2)32626
6Jacksonville State (8-2)28228
7James Madison (7-3)28069
8Colgate (9-0)269110
9UC Davis (8-2)26354
10Stony Brook (7-3)237912
11Princeton (9-0)209913
12North Carolina A&T (8-2)198914
13Wofford (7-3)183815
14Elon (6-3)17947
15Towson (7-3)178420
16Maine (7-3)172816
17Delaware (7-3)157211
18Nicholls (7-3)152817
19ETSU (8-2)131519
20Dartmouth (8-1)77625
21San Diego (8-2)495NR
22McNeese (6-4)44718
23Southeast Missouri State(7-3)41221
24UIW (6-4)378NR
25Montana State (6-4)152NR
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.