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.
|Team (No. 1 Votes)||Record||Points||
|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|
|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|