FCS Football Coaches Poll

Final Poll - January 6, 2014

North Dakota State No. 1 Following Third-Straight Title

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – North Dakota State capped the season as the wire-to-wire top-ranked team after winning its third straight FCS Football Championship on Saturday.

The Bison dropped Towson 35-7 in the FCS National Championship in Frisco, Texas, to end a perfect 15-0 season and score their 24th consecutive win. NDSU was the unanimous No. 1 selection for the 12th time this season.

Towson ends the year at No. 2, followed by Eastern Washington and Eastern Illinois, respectively. New Hampshire finished fifth after making a run to the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs and Southeastern Louisiana ends the season ranked sixth. Coastal Carolina, Montana, McNeese State and Fordham round out the top 10.

Maine and Jacksonville State close the year in the No. 11 and No. 12 slots, respectively, with Sam Houston State, South Dakota State and Northern Arizona making up the rest of the top 15.

Bethune-Cookman is No. 16, followed by Tennessee State and Samford. Youngstown State and Montana State are 19th and 20th, respectively.

Furman is the only team to enter the poll after being unranked all season, sliding into the No. 21 spot. Charleston Southern and Harvard are No. 22 and No. 23, while Southern Utah and Chattanooga round out the rankings.

The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.

Full Poll Results - Final Poll- January 6, 2014

Team (No. 1 Votes) Record Points

Previous Rank

  Team (No. 1 Votes) Record Points Previous Rank   Team (No. 1 Votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State (20) 15-0 500 1 11. Maine 10-3 297 8 21. Furman 8-6 82 NR
2. Towson 13-3 478 4 12. Jacksonville State 12-2 266 21 22. Charleston Southern 10-3 80 20
3. Eastern Wahington 12-3 453 3 13. Sam Houston State 9-5 258 14 23. Harvard 9-1 63 22
4. Eastern Illinois 12-2 417 2 14. South Dakota State 9-5 252 13 24. Southern Utah 8-5 58 25
5. New Hampshire 10-5 409 15 15. Northern Arizona 9-3 238 9 25. Chattanooga 8-4 56 23
6. Southeastern Louisiana 11-3 369 7 16. Bethune-Cookman 10-3 183 12

Dropped from rankings: No. 24 Lehigh

Others receiving votes: South Carolina State 51, Lehigh 31, Princeton 29, Sacred Heart 26, Northern Iowa 19, Central Arkansas 14, Butler 11, Southern Illinois 8, Liberty 7, Villanova 7, Cal Poly 6, Lafayette 6, William & Mary 3, Alcorn State 3, Illinois State 1

7. Coastal Carolina 12-3 361 11 17. Tennessee State 10-4 181 17
8. Montana 10-3 309 5 18. Samford 8-5 135 16
9. McNeese State 10-3 307 6 19. Youngstown State 8-4 117 19
10. Fordham 12-2 299 10 20. Montana State 7-5 99 18

 

Contact Information: Sean Jones, Media Relations Assistant, Southern Conference, 864.591.5100, sjones@socon.org

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1. North Dakota State 6. Southeastern Louisiana 11. Maine 16. Bethune-Cookman 21. Furman
2. Towson 7. Coastal Carolina 12. Jacksonville State 17. Tennessee State 22. Charleston Southern
3. Eastern Washington 8. Montana 13. Sam Houston State 18. Samford 23. Harvard
4. Eastern Illinois 9. McNeese State 14. South Dakota State 19. Youngstown State 24. Southern Utah
5. New Hampshire 10. Fordham 15. Northern Arizona 20. Montana State 25. Chattanooga