FCS Football Coaches Poll

Week 12 - November 17, 2014

Upsets Shake Up Top 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Coastal Carolina remained the No. 1 team in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll despite a mix of upsets in the lower half of the poll. Eight ranked teams fell on Saturday, all outside the top 10 in the rankings.

Coastal Carolina garnered 20 of the 26 first-place votes for the second straight week for a total of 639 points. The Chanticleers improved to 11-0 on Saturday with a 52-21 win over Monmouth. Quarterback Alex Ross threw for three touchdowns and also rushed for a score to lead the Chanticleers to the victory.

The rest of the top 10 remained the same this week. New Hampshire once again claimed four first-place votes and totaled 625 points. The Wildcats defeated Delaware, 43-14, to improve their record to 9-1. Jacksonville State followed in third with the one first-place vote for 589 points. The Gamecocks topped Eastern Illinois, 27-20, for their ninth win of the season.

North Dakota State stayed at No.4 this week, while garnering one first-place vote. The Bison picked up a 45-10 road victory at Missouri State on Saturday. Eastern Washington rounded out the top five once again. The Eagles were idle last week and will close out the regular season this week at Portland State.

Villanova held steady at sixth with a 48-31 win against Albany to improve to 9-2. Illinois State remained seventh, earning a 45-26 win at South Dakota. Fordham came in eighth after claiming its 10th win of the year with a lopsided, 52-7 win over Georgetown.

Chattanooga and Southeastern Louisiana rounded out the top 10 for the second straight week. Chattanooga improved to 8-3 with a 38-17 victory over Tennessee Tech. No. 10 Southeastern Louisiana topped then No. 11 McNeese State, 28-9, to also improve to 8-3.

Three new teams claimed spots in the top 25 this week. James Madison enters a No. 22 after pulling the upset over No. 14 Richmond, 55-20. Alcorn State returned to the top 25 after improving to 9-2 with a 56-6 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Sacred Heart also reentered the poll with an upset victory over No. 21 Bryant, 14-7.

Twelve different conferences represented among the 25 teams, the highest total this season. The Missouri Valley Football Conference led all conferences with six teams in the top 25. 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 - Week 12 - November 17, 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. Coastal Carolina (20) 11-0 639 1 11. Northern Iowa 7-4 402 12 21. Richmond 7-4 141 14
2. New Hampshire (4) 9-1 625 2 12. Montana State 8-3 364 13 22. James Madison 8-3 138 NR
3. Jacksonville State (1) 9-1 588 3 13. Montana 7-4 328 15 23. Alcorn State 9-2 54 NR
4. North Dakota State (1) 10-1 587 4 14. Harvard 9-0 271 17 24. Bethune-Cookman 8-3 45 18
5. Eastern Washington 9-2 550 5 15. South Dakota State 7-4 265 19 25. Sacred Heart 9-2 32 NR
6. Villanova 9-2 513 6 16. Eastern Kentucky 9-2 237 20

Others Receiving Votes: Charleston Southern 28, North Carolina A&T 27, Sam Houston State 23, Yale 15, Southern Illinois 14, Northern Arizona 13, Bryant 11, South Carolina State 9, Idaho State 7, Stephen F. Austin 3, Central Arkansas 3, Bucknell 2, Liberty 2, Presbyterian 1

7. Illinois State 9-1 485 7 17. McNeese State 6-4 208 11
8. Fordham 10-1 446 8 18. Indiana State 7-4 187 25
9. Chattanooga 8-3 435 9 19. William & Mary 7-4 176 23
10. Southeastern La. 8-3 426 10 20. Youngstown State 7-4 149 16

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

 

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Coastal Carolina (11-0) keepsr the top spot in the FCS Poll this week.
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1. Coastal Carolina 6. Villanova 11. Northern Iowa 16. Eastern Kentucky 21. Richmond
2. New Hampshire 7. Illinois State 12. Montana State 17. McNeese State 22. James Madison
3. Jacksonville State 8. Fordham 13. Montana 18. Indiana State 23. Alcorn State
4. North Dakota State 9. Chattanooga 14. Harvard 19. William & Mary 24. Bethune-Cookman
5. Eastern Washington 10. Southeastern Louisiana 15. South Dakota State 20. Youngstown State 25. Sacred Heart