SPARTANBURG, S.C. – North Dakota State was the unanimous No. 1 pick in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll this week. The Bison totaled a perfect 650 points after receiving all 26 first-place votes for the first time this season.
NDSU extended its FCS-record winning streak to 28 games after topping then No. 3 Montana, 22-10, on Saturday in a matchup of top-five teams. The Bison totaled 447 yards of offense, including 280 rushing yards, and possessed the ball for 39:08 to earn their 16th straight home win. Kicker Adam Keller kicked a school-record five field goals, including a season-long 47-yard field goal, and added one extra point to score 16 of the Bison’s 22 points in the win.
Eastern Washington remained second in the poll, earning 623 points. The Eagles earned a top-25 win on the road over then No. 16 Montana State, 52-51, in a hard-fought, back-and-forth battle. Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams led the Eagles down in the field in the final two minutes to set up a touchdown. The Eagles then converted on a two-point conversion to take a one-point lead and earn the victory.
Coastal Carolina moved up two spots to third after receiving 578 points this week. The Chanticleers improved to 4-0 on the season with a 48-3 win at Florida A&M on Saturday. They were followed by McNeese State in fourth and Villanova in fifth, both entering the top five for the first time this season.
Montana claimed sixth place this week, dropping three spots after its road loss to No. 1 North Dakota State. New Hampshire moved up to seventh, after a 29-26 road victory over then No. 18 Richmond. Jacksonville State remained eighth in the poll while South Dakota State and Northern Iowa each moved up a spot to round out the top 10.
Three new teams found their way in to the top 25 for the second straight week. Liberty entered at No. 23 after upsetting then No. 25 Bryant, 38-21, to improve to 3-1 on the season. The Flames were joined by Missouri State at No. 24 and Charleston Southern at No. 25. Charleston Southern defeated cross-town rival The Citadel, 20-18, on Saturday to remain perfect at 4-0.
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) was second with four schools while the Big Sky, Big South and Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) each 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.||2-2||368||4||21. Richmond||2-2||141||18|
|2. Eastern Washington||3-1||623||2||12. Youngstown State||3-1||303||15||22. Illinois State||2-0||101||24|
|3. Coastal Carolina||4-0||578||5||13. William & Mary||3-1||301||17||23. Liberty||3-1||80||NR|
|4. McNeese State||1-1||545||6||14. Bethune-Cookman||2-1||273||12||24. Missouri State||3-1||65||NR|
|5. Villanova||2-1||526||7||15. Chattanooga||1-2||271||14||25. Charleston Southern||4-0||39||NR|
|6. Montana||2-2||505||3||16. Southern Illinois||3-1||269||13||
Others Receiving Votes: Sam Houston State 26, Towson 22, Furman 18, Alcorn State 16, Samford 16, Harvard 13, Northern Arizona 13, Sacramento State 12, Stephen F. Austin 9, Indiana State 7, North Carolina A&T 7, Albany 5, Alabama State 3, South Dakota 3, Bryant 2, Cal Poly 2, Northwestern State 1, Southeast Missouri State 1
|7. New Hampshire||2-1||494||9||17. Montana State||2-2||241||16|
|8. Jacksonville State||2-1||492||8||18. Eastern Kentucky||4-0||210||22|
|9. South Dakota State||3-1||449||10||19. Fordham||3-1||188||19|
|10. Northern Iowa||1-2||408||11||20. Tennessee State||3-1||154||20|
|1. North Dakota State||6. Montana||11. Southeastern Louisiana||16. Southern Illinois||21. Richmond|
|2. Eastern Washington||7. New Hampshire||12. Youngstown State||17. Montana State||22. Illinois State|
|3. Coastal Carolina||8. Jacksonville State||13. William & Mary||18. Eastern Kentucky||23. Liberty|
|4. McNeese State||9. South Dakota State||14. Bethune-Cookman||19. Fordham||24. Missouri State|
|5. Villanova||10. Northern Iowa||15. Chattanooga||20. Tennessee State||25. Charleston Southern|