SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Teams ranked in this week’s Football Championships Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll went a combined 19-0 last week, while six teams were not in action. The poll remained rather stagnant as a whole with just one new team entering the top 25 and only two changes among the top 15.
North Dakota State was the unanimous No. 1 team for second straight week after totaling a perfect 650 points and receiving all 26 first-place votes. The Bison were not in action last week following their win over then No. 3 Montana two weeks ago. NDSU returns to the gridiron this week when they travel to Western Illinois on Saturday.
Eastern Washington remained second in the poll, earning 623 points. The Eagles improved to 4-1 on the season after a 37-14 win at UC Davis. Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. led the team, passing for 298 yards and two touchdowns. He now has 95 career touchdown passes and is just one shy of the school record.
Coastal Carolina held steady at No. 3 as the top five all remained the same this week. The Chanticleers took down Elon, 31-3, to improve to 5-0 on the season. McNeese State was fourth after 61-7 win over Arkansas Tech and Villanova stayed fifth with a 41-7 win at Penn.
The only change in the top 10 came as New Hampshire moved up to sixth while Montana dropped one spot to seventh. New Hampshire recorded a convincing, 52-19 win over Dartmouth to improve their record to 3-1. Jacksonville State remained eighth with a 52-28 win at Murray State. South Dakota State and Northern Iowa stayed ninth and 10th, respectively, to round out the top 10.
The lone addition to the top 25 this week was Northern Arizona, who entered at No. 25. It is Northern Arizona’s third appearance in the top 25 this season and their first since a No. 23 ranking on September 15. The Lumberjacks defeated Cal Poly, 38-35, to improve to 3-2 on the year.
Nine conferences were represented among the 25 teams. The Missouri Valley Football Conference led all conferences with seven teams in the top 25. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and the Big Sky were second with four schools each Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) placed three.
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||Previous Rank||Team (No. 1 Votes)||Record||Points||Previous Rank||Team (No. 1 Votes)||Record||Points||Previous Rank|
|1. North Dakota State (26)||4-0||650||1||11. Southeastern La.||3-2||390||11||21. Richmond||2-2||137||21|
|2. Eastern Washington||4-1||623||2||12. Youngstown State||3-1||331||12||22. Illinois State||3-0||121||22|
|3. Coastal Carolina||5-0||582||3||13. William & Mary||4-1||326||13||23. Missouri State||3-1||71||24|
|4. McNeese State||2-1||558||4||14. Chattanooga||2-2||269||15||24. Charleston Southern||5-0||60||25|
|5. Villanova||3-1||541||5||15. Montana State||3-2||267||17||25. Northern Arizona||3-2||19||NR|
|6. New Hampshire||3-1||504||7||16. Southern Illinois||3-1||250||16||
Others Receiving Votes: Alcorn State 17, Stephen F. Austin 17, Albany 15, Harvard 15, Indiana State 14, Sam Houston State 14, South Dakota 11, Yale 9, Delaware 5, Southeast Missouri State 4, North Carolina A&T 3, Alabama State 2, Bucknell 1, Liberty 1, Samford 1, San Diego 1, Towson 1, Western Carolina 1
|7. Montana||3-2||502||6||17. Bethune-Cookman||3-1||230||14|
|8. Jacksonville State||3-1||454||8||18. Eastern Kentucky||4-0||224||18|
|9. South Dakota State||3-1||439||9||19. Fordham||4-1||198||19|
|10. Northern Iowa||2-2||411||10||20. Tennessee State||4-1||161||20|
|1. North Dakota State||6. New Hampshire||11. Southeastern Louisiana||16. Southern Illinois||21. Richmond|
|2. Eastern Washington||7. Montana||12. Youngstown State||17. Bethune-Cookman||22. Illinois State|
|3. Coastal Carolina||8. Jacksonville State||13. William & Mary||18. Eastern Kentucky||23. Missouri State|
|4. McNeese State||9. South Dakota State||14. Chattanooga||19. Fordham||24. Charleston Southern|
|5. Villanova||10. Northern Iowa||15. Montana State||20. Tennessee State||25. Northern Arizona|