Mercer received a No. 13 ranking in the American Football Coaches Association Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll following its 45-14 win at Gardner-Webb on Sept. 24. The ranking is the highest in program history, surpassing its No. 16 ranking from the previous week.
The Bears are one of three teams from the Southern Conference ranked in the top 25 of the AFCA FCS Coaches Poll. Chattanooga is ranked No. 10 and Samford is ranked No. 19.
Mercer next will face Wofford in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Oct. 1.