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DAVIS, Calif. –
Following a year no football fan will ever forget, UC Davis added another two program firsts to its list of accomplishments when the Aggies earned a No. 7 ranking in the last STATS FCS Top 25 poll of the season, and finished No. 8 in the American Football Coaches Association's final national listing.
Monday's announcements marked the first time that football earned national rankings in the final edition of either national poll; the Aggies were ranked among the nation's elite in the last 12 consecutive STATS FCS and 11 AFCA Top 25 polls.
Throughout the 100th season of Aggie football, the program won 10 overall and seven league games, both program highs, which led to its inaugural Big Sky Conference championship.
By finishing tied for first place in the conference standings, combined with the strength of its schedule and overall results, UC Davis was ranked No. 6 by the NCAA Playoff Committee and earned the right to host a playoff game in its inaugural FCS postseason appearance.
In this historic first for the program, UC Davis defeated Northern Iowa by a 23-16 score, which led the its inaugural undefeated home record as a Division I program and first since the 2002 season.
Another program record took place this past year when the Aggies were ranked No. 4 in STATS' poll, the highest in program history. Prior to the 2018 season, UC Davis never held an in-season ranking in this, or the AFCA's poll.
Established during the 2017-18 academic year, the Aggie EVO System is UC Davis Athletics' investment in the primary mission of preparing student-athletes for a successful "launch" after graduation.
Thanks to a collaboration of alumni, university resources, corporate partners, coaches and Student-Athlete Outcomes staff, all Aggies are guided over four years to acquire the skills, knowledge, opportunities and tools to better know and navigate the "World of Work" after graduating from UC Davis. Follow the Aggie EVO system on Twitter and Instagram at @AggieEVO.
ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley.
The No. 5-ranked public university in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.