SPARTANBURG, S.C. – New Hampshire claimed the top spot in the final regular season Football Coaches Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll. The Wildcats finished 10-1 this season and earned the No. 1 seed in the FCS Playoffs.
New Hampshire gathered 20 of the 26 first-place votes for a total of 644 points. The Wildcats defeated Maine, 20-12, on Saturday, holding the Black Bears to just 179 yards of total offense.
Jacksonville State moved up a spot to second in the rankings, pulling one first-place vote for a total of 610 points. The Gamecocks finished the season 10-1 after a 49-30 victory over Southeast Missouri State last week. North Dakota State moved up one spot as well, coming in third and earning four first-place votes. The Bison recorded an 11-1 record after a 38-14 win over No. 20 Youngstown State.
Eastern Washington and Villanova each bettered their ranking by one spot at fourth and fifth, respectively. Both teams finished with a 10-2 record after picking up wins in their final regular season competitions.
Coastal Carolina settled at sixth in the top 25 this week. The Chanticleers fell for the first time this season on Saturday with a 15-14 loss to Liberty. Illinois remained steady at seventh, while Chattanooga gained a spot to come in eighth. Southeastern Louisiana and Northern Iowa both picked up wins last week to come in ninth and 10th, respectively.
A pair of teams joined the rankings this week. Sam Houston State reentered the top 25 at No. 19. The Bearkats defeated Central Arkansas last week to compile an 8-4 record for the year. Liberty entered the poll at No. 23 after upsetting No. 1 Coastal Carolina to claim the Big South title.
Eleven different conferences represented among the 25 teams. 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. New Hampshire (20)||10-1||644||2||11. Montana||8-4||371||13||21. Indiana State||7-5||108||18|
|2. Jacksonville State (1)||10-1||610||3||12. Fordham||10-2||359||8||22. Sacred Heart||9-2||91||25|
|3. North Dakota State (4)||11-1||605||4||13. South Dakota State||8-4||317||15||23. Liberty||8-4||82||NR|
|4. Eastern Washington||10-2||569||5||14. Harvard||10-0||309||14||24. William & Mary||7-5||66||19|
|5. Villanova||10-2||528||6||15. James Madison||9-3||248||22||25. Youngstown State||7-5||56||20|
|6. Coastal Carolina (1)||11-1||519||1||16. Richmond||8-4||244||21||
Others Receiving Votes: McNeese State 45, Stephen F. Austin 33, Idaho State 33, Charleston Southern 24, Alcorn State 18, Cal Poly 12, South Carolina State 11, North Carolina A&T 10, Yale 10, Central Arkansas 3, San Diego 2, Wagner 2, Morgan State 1, Dartmouth 1
|7. Illinois State||10-1||486||7||17. Montana State||8-4||238||12|
|8. Chattanooga||9-3||462||9||18. Eastern Kentucky||9-3||217||16|
|9. Southeastern Louisiana||9-3||448||10||19. Sam Houston State||8-4||126||NR|
|10. Northern Iowa||8-4||419||11||20. Betune-Cookman||9-3||122||24|
|1. New Hampshire||6. Coastal Carolina||11. Montana||16. Richmond||21. Indiana State|
|2. Jacksonville State||7. Illinois State||12. Fordham||17. Montana State||22. Sacred Heart|
|3. North Dakota State||8. Chattanooga||13. South Dakota State||18. Eastern Kentucky||23. Liberty|
|4. Eastern Washington||9. Southeastern Louisiana||14. Harvard||19. Sam Houston State||24. William & Mary|
|5. Villanova||10. Northern Iowa||15. James Madison||20. Bethune-Cookman||25. Youngstown State|