It's nice to begin the season ranked high in the polls. It excites your players and fans; but it's much better to be ranked high at the end of the season. The McNeese Cowboys are experiencing a mid season rise through the Top Ten in both FCS polls.

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The Cowboys have been ranked in the top ten every week this season except one. This week the FCS Coashes and Sports Network Poll place the Cowboys at number six. That is very important for the pokes due to their loss at Sam Houston. Should McNeese and Sam Houston both finish with one loss (a very likely scenario) Sam Houston would get the division winner play off berth. That would mean the Pokes would need an at large bid to enter the playoffs. Being ranked high at the end of the season would help the process of getting that at large bid.