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FCS Football Coaches Poll

Week 8 - Oct. 23, 2017

North Carolina A&T, Samford crack the top 10, No. 1 through No. 3 remain steady

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.

Full Poll Results - Week 8 - Oct. 23, 2017

Team (No. 1 Votes) Points Last week 2017 Record   Team (No. 1 Votes) Points Last week 2017 Record   Team (No. 1 Votes)

Points

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

Contact Information: Philip Marcello, Media Relations Assistant, Southern Conference, 864.591.5100, pmarcello@socon.org

 

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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