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Jacksonville State, Missouri State make jumps in Stats Perform FCS Top 25

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CHICAGO – Sept. 13, 2021 – Fresh off posting thrilling wins, Jacksonville State and Missouri State were rewarded on Monday with the biggest jumps among ranked teams in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25.

Both teams climbed six spots, Jacksonville State to No. 10 and Missouri State to No. 17 in the national media poll. The former stunned Florida State 20-17 with a game-winning, 59-yard touchdown pass on the final play and the latter beat Central Arkansas 43-34 after a back-and-forth finish in their matchup of ranked teams.

The moves of those two teams, which won conference titles and made the FCS playoffs this past spring, were the exception following a weekend of mostly lopsided scores among FCS teams. Jacksonville State replaced North Dakota in the Top 10, where Sam Houston remained No. 1 as one of seven 2-0 teams.

At No. 23, New Hampshire joined the Top 25 for the first time this season.

The Big Sky Conference had five teams in the poll: Montana held steady at No. 4, Eastern Washington hung at No. 7, Weber State moved up one spot to No. 10, Montana State fell from No. 11 to No. 13 despite a 45-7 win over Drake, and UC Davis held steady at No. 14.

A national media panel selects the Stats Perform FCS Top 25. A first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.

STATS PERFORM FCS TOP 25 (SEPT. 13)

1. Sam Houston (2-0, 0-0 AQ7), 1,214 points (33 first-place votes)

Previous Ranking: 2; Week 2 Result: 52-14 win overSoutheast Missouri

2. South Dakota State (2-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 1,190 (9)

Previous Ranking: 2; Week 2 Result: 52-7 win overLindenwood

3. James Madison (2-0, 1-0 CAA), 1,158 (5)

Previous Ranking: 3; Week 2 Result: 55-7 win over Maine

4. Montana (2-0, 0-0 Big Sky), 1,110 (3)

Previous Ranking: 4; Week 2 Result: 42-7 win overWestern Illinois

5. North Dakota State (2-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 1,066 

Previous Ranking: 5; Week 2 Result: 64-0 win overValparaiso

6. Delaware (2-0, 1-0 CAA), 949

Previous Ranking: 6; Week 2 Result: 27-10 win overSaint Francis

7. Eastern Washington (2-0, 0-0 Big Sky), 889

Previous Ranking: 7; Week 2 Result: 63-14 win overCentral Washington

8. Southern Illinois (1-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 814

Previous Ranking: 8; Week 2 Result: 31-23 loss at Kansas State

9. Weber State (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky), 771

Previous Ranking: 10; Week 2 Result: 41-3 win at Dixie State

10. Jacksonville State (1-1, 0-0 AQ7), 751

Previous Ranking: 16; Week 2 Result: 20-17 win at Florida State

11. North Dakota (1-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 710

Previous Ranking: 9; Week 2 Result: 48-24 lossat Utah State

12. Villanova (2-0, 0-0 CAA), 674

Previous Ranking: 12; Week 2 Result: 55-3 win overBucknell

13. Montana State (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky), 664

Previous Ranking: 11; Week 2 Result: 45-7 win over Drake

14. UC Davis (2-0, 0-0 Big Sky), 661

Previous Ranking: 14; Week 2 Result: 53-7 win at San Diego

15. Southeastern Louisiana (1-1, 0-0 Southland), 511

Previous Ranking: 13; Week 2 Result: 45-42 loss at Louisiana Tech

16. ETSU (2-0, 0-0 Southern), 497

Previous Ranking: 15; Week 2 Result: 45-14 win overUVA Wise

17. Missouri State (1-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 377

Previous Ranking: 23; Week 2 Result: 43-34 win over then-No. 19Central Arkansas

18. Northern Iowa (1-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 364

Previous Ranking: 21; Week 2 Result: 34-16 win at Sacramento State

19. Austin Peay (1-1, 0-0 Ohio Valley), 336

Previous Ranking: 17; Week 2 Result: 54-17 loss at Ole Miss

20. Monmouth (1-1, 0-0 Big South), 297

Previous Ranking: 20; Week 2 Result: 26-23 win at Fordham

21. Richmond (2-0, 0-0 CAA), 261

Previous Ranking: 25; Week 2 Result: 31-3 win overLehigh

22. VMI (1-1, 0-0 Southern), 146

Previous Ranking: 18; Week 2 Result: 60-10 loss at Kent State

23. New Hampshire (2-0, 2-0 CAA), 127

Previous Ranking: Not Ranked; Week 2 Result: 26-14 win over Towson

24. Kennesaw State (1-1, 0-0 Big South), 121

Previous Ranking: 22; Week 2 Result: 45-17 loss at Georgia Tech

25. Central Arkansas (0-2, 0-0 AQ7), 105

Previous Ranking: 19; Week 2 Result: 43-34 loss at then-No. 23 Missouri State

Dropped Out: Holy Cross (24)

Others Receiving Votes (schools listed on two or more ballots): Furman 90, Chattanooga 74, Rhode Island 67, Murray State 58, Alabama A&M 56, Jackson State 48, Duquesne 32, Nicholls 29, Stephen F. Austin 11, Samford 7, Merrimack 4, Sacramento State 3, Holy Cross 2

About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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