SPARTANBURG, S.C. – North Carolina A&T and Samford both moved into the FCS Coaches Poll top 10 for the first time this season after week-eight victories. After defeating Bethune-Cookman 24-20, North Carolina A&T moved up to No. 6 in the poll, while Samford is tied for eighth after topping No. 5 Wofford 24-21 on Saturday.
James Madison, North Dakota State and Jacksonville State all held serve, remaining No. 1 through No. 3 in the poll, respectively.
Trailing 20-14, North Carolina A&T got an interception late in the third quarter, sparking a 10-play drive that resulted in a field goal. After the defense forced a three-and-out, Aggie quarterback Lamar Raynard found wide receiver Trey Scott in the end zone to make the score 24-20.
Samford traveled to Spartanburg, South Carolina, to face Southern Conference rival Wofford on Saturday. The Bulldogs were led by quarterback Devlin Hodges who threw for 427 yards and three touchdowns in the upset of the fifth-ranked Terriers. With six seconds left to play, defensive back Omari Williams intercepted a Wofford pass in the end zone to seal the 24-21 victory for Samford.
James Madison faced CAA rival William & Mary on Saturday, dominating the Tribe from the opening kickoff. The defense of JMU did not allow a point until the fourth quarter, as the Dukes cruised to a 46-14 win.
North Dakota Sate hosted No. 12 Western Illinois on Saturday, outlasting the Leathernecks 24-12. The Bison fell behind 9-3 after the first quarter but outscored Western Illinois 21-3 the rest of the game to improve to 7-0 on the season.
Trailing 14-9 at the half, Jacksonville State took control in the second half, scoring 21 unanswered points to defeat Eastern Illinois 30-14. The Gamecocks have now won an Ohio Valley Conference-record 28 games in a row.
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)||Points||Last week||2017 Record||Team (No. 1 Votes)||Points||Last week||2017 Record||Team (No. 1 Votes)||
|Last week||2017 Record|
|1. James Madison (26)||650||1||6-0||11. Elon||362||15||6-1||21. Illinois State||158||24||5-2|
|2. North Dakota State||624||2||6-0||12. Eastern Washington||278||8||5-3||22. Weber State||121||23||5-2|
|3. Jacksonville State||597||3||6-1||13. Grambling State||269||17||6-1||23. Nicholls||118||20||5-2|
|4. Central Arkansas||548||6||6-1||14. Western Illinois||266||12||5-2||24. Northern Arizona||112||22||5-2|
|5. Sam Houston State||541||7||6-1||15. Villanova||257||16||4-3||25. Northern Iowa||64||RV||4-3|
|6. North Carolina A&T||463||11||8-0||16. New Hampshire||240||18||5-2||
Others receiving votes: Delaware (61), Montana (56), Stony Brook (39), Southern Utah (32), Monmouth (31), Kennesaw State (31), The Citadel (5), Dartmouth (4), Southeastern Louisiana (4), Columbia (3), N.C. Central (2), Austin Peay (1), Furman (1).
|7. South Dakota||444||4||6-1||17. Richmond||226||10||5-2|
|T-8. Samford||435||14||5-2||18. McNeese||219||19||6-1|
|T-8. South Dakota State||435||13||5-2||19. Youngstown State||167||9||3-4|
|10. Wofford||421||5||6-1||20. Western Carolina||165||21||6-2|
|1. James Madison (26)||6. North Carolina A&T||11. Elon||16. New Hampshire||21. Illinois State|
|2. North Dakota State||7. South Dakota||12. Eastern Washington||17. Richmond||22. Weber State|
|3. Jacksonville State||T-8. Samford||13. Grambling State||18. McNeese||23. Nicholls|
|4. Central Arkansas||T-8. South Dakota State||14. Western Illinois||19. Youngstown State||24. Northern Arizona|
|5. Sam Houston State||10. Wofford||15. Villanova||20. Western Carolina||25. Northern Iowa|