FCS Football Coaches Poll

Final - January 12, 2015

FCS National Champion North Dakota State Claims No. 1 Spot in Final Poll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – North Dakota State won its fourth straight Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Championship on Saturday with a 29-27 victory over Illinois State. The Bison garnered all 25 first-place votes to claim the top spot in the final FCS Coaches Poll of the season.

NDSU totaled 625 points this week, after winning its final six games of the 2014 season to finish with a 15-1 record. In the National Championship game, the Bison scored with 37 seconds remaining, on a Carson Wentz touchdown run, to go ahead for good. With the win, North Dakota State became the first Division I football program to win four straight national titles.

Illinois State came in second in the final top 25 rankings of the season, totaling 600 points. The Red Birds pulled upsets of Eastern Washington and New Hampshire en route to the national title game to finish 13-2 on the year.

New Hampshire dropped two spots from the previous poll to finish third in the top 25. Eastern Washington came in fourth with an 11-3 record, while Coastal Carolina finished the season at 12-2 and earned 516 points to round out the top five.

Sam Houston State made a huge leap in the top 25, moving up 13 spots to finish sixth after a run in the FCS Playoffs. The Bearkats upset Southeastern Louisiana, Jacksonville State and Villanova before falling to eventual National Champion North Dakota State in the semifinals.

Villanova and Chattanooga finished the season ranked seventh and eighth, respectively. Both the Wildcats and the Mocs picked up a win in the second round of the playoffs before falling in the quarterfinals. Villanova compiled an 11-3 record in 2014 while Chattanooga put together a 10-4 season.

Jacksonville State and Northern Iowa rounded out the top 10, coming in ninth and 10th, respectively. Northern Iowa won its opening round game over Stephen F. Austin before falling to Illinois State in the second round to finish with a 9-5 record.

Montana came in 11th with Southeastern Louisiana finishing 12th and South Dakota State earning a 13th-place ranking. Fordham finished the season with an 11-3 record and claimed a No. 14 ranking, followed by Harvard in 15th.

Eleven different conferences were represented among the 25 teams. The Missouri Valley Football Conference led all conferences with six teams in the top 25, including No. 1 North Dakota State and No. 2 Illinois State. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) placed five teams in the top 25 with the Big Sky adding three teams to the top 25.

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 - January 12, 2015

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 (25) 15-1 625 3 11. Montana 9-5 356 11 21. Eastern Kentucky 9-4 139 18
2. Illinois State 13-2 600 7 12. Southeastern La. 9-4 348 9 22. Bethune-Cookman 9-3 96 20
3. New Hampshire 12-2 568 1 13. South Dakota State 9-5 335 13 23. Sacred Heart 9-3 64 22
4. Eastern Washington 11-3 527 4 14. Fordham 11-3 312 12 24. William & Mary 7-5 58 24
5. Coastal Carolina 12-2 516 6 15. Harvard 10-0 251 14 25. Youngstown State 7-5 44 25
6. Sam Houston State 11-5 463 19 16. Richmond 9-5 237 16

Others Receiving Votes: Stephen F. Austin 20, Idaho State 15, Alcorn State 14, Cal Poly 13, Charleston Southern 12, Morgan State 8, San Diego 6, Northern Arizona 3, McNeese State 3, Yale 1

7. Villanova 11-3 458 5 17. Liberty 9-5 214 23
8. Chattanooga 10-4 434 8 18. Indiana State 8-6 213 21
9. Jacksonville State 10-2 414 2 19. James Madison 9-3 202 15
10. Northern Iowa 9-5 389 10 20. Montana State 8-5 167 17

Contact Information: Davis Simpson, Media Relations Assistant, Southern Conference, 864.591.5100, dsimpson@socon.org

 

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North Dakota State earns the No. 1 ranking after winning its fourth straight FCS National Championship.
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1. North Dakota State 6. Sam Houston State 11. Montana 16. Richmond 21. Eastern Kentucky
2. Illinois State 7. Villanova 12. Southeastern Louisiana 17. Liberty 22. Bethune-Cookman
3. New Hampshire 8. Chattanooga 13. South Dakota State 18. Indiana State 23. Sacred Heart
4. Eastern Washington 9. Jacksonville State 14. Fordham 19. James Madison 24. William & Mary
5. Coastal Carolina 10. Northern Iowa 15. Harvard 20. Montana State 25. Youngstown State