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.
|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|
|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|