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HAMMOND – After opening the season with a dominant 44-3 victory over Jacksonville, the Southeastern Louisiana football team remained No. 3 in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches' polls, which were released on Monday.
Southeastern was dominant in all facets in the win over the Dolphins. Senior quarterback and Walter Payton Award candidate Bryan Bennett (311 yards passing, two touchdowns; 93 yards rushing, TD) led a Lion attack that racked up 564 yards of total offense. The SLU defense held JU, which returned eight starters from one of the nation's most prolific offenses, to just 222 total yards.
In the Sports Network poll, Southeastern trails only three-time defending national champion North Dakota State and Eastern Washington. NDSU overtook EWU for the top spot after winning 34-14 at Iowa State.
Southeastern is joined in the TSN poll by Southland Conference rivals McNeese State (No. 7) and Sam Houston State (No. 15). 2014 opponents Central Arkansas (Oct. 18), Southern Utah (Sept. 6), Stephen F. Austin (Oct. 25) and Southeast Missouri (Sept. 20) are among teams receiving votes.
The top three order is the same in the FCS Coaches' poll. Southeastern, McNeese State (No. 6) and Sam Houston State (No. 13) represent the Southland Conference. UCA and Southern Utah are also receiving votes in the coaches' poll.
Southeastern will be back in action next Saturday, hosting Southern Utah at 7 p.m in a battle of 2013 NCAA FCS playoff participants. The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on the flagship station of Southeastern Football, KSLU-FM (90.9), as well as affiliates and Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM (WHMD) and The Highway 104.7 FM (WJSH). LionVision subscribers will also access a live video stream at LionSports.net.
The Southeastern Channel will also air the game on tape delay. The first 200 students will receive free t-shirts and fans are encouraged to wear white. Former American Idol contestant and Ponchatoula native Lindsay Cardinale, who had her scheduled performance rained out on Saturday, will provide pre-game entertainment from 4-6 p.m. in Friendship Circle. Single-game tickets for the contest are available by contacting the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visiting LionSports.net and LionUp.com.