CHICAGO – The final full weeks of the FCS regular season are telling, and results on Saturday created serious movement in the STATS FCS Top 25 on Monday.
Nothing changed at the top, of course. North Dakota State (9-0), the defending national champion, collected all 158 first-place votes to easily outdistance Kennesaw State (8-1) in the national media.
Maine (6-3) was the biggest riser, up seven spots to No. 16 following a big win at Towson. Princeton (8-0) won a battle of unbeatens over Dartmouth to surge to No. 13. No. 12 Stony Brook and No. 21 Southeast Missouri gained four spots each.
The news wasn’t all good for teams. After losses, Illinois State (5-4) dropped nine spots to No. 23, McNeese (6-3) seven spots to No. 18, and No. 9 James Madison (6-3) and No. 15 Wofford (6-3) were both down six spots. Sam Houston State even tumbled out of the Top 25 after 55 straight appearances since the 2014 season.
The Big Sky climbs in both the STATS FCS and American Football Coaches (AFCA) Top 25 national polls and adds a fourth team.
After capturing the 4-5-6 spots in the STATS FCS Poll the past two weeks, the Big Sky scooted up to the 3-4-5 spots after a solid week of wins. Weber State leads the way at No. 3, while UC Davis jumped two spots to No. 4, and Eastern Washington was slotted fifth. All three teams were listed in the FCS Committee’s Top 10 reveal last week. UC Davis (3rd), Weber State (4th) and Eastern Washington (9th).
In the AFCA Coaches’ poll, the Eagles moved up one spot to No. 3 – their highest ranking six Week 6. The Eagles scored 28 points in the second half versus Northern Colorado, as it went on to capture a 48-13 road win. Eastern Washington has now been ranked in the top 10 for 10 consecutive weeks. The Eagles will host fellow Top 10 conference foe UC Davis on Saturday.
Weber State picked up its fourth straight win, after it topped Sacramento State, 26-14. The Wildcats moved up to No. 4 in the AFCA Coaches’ poll – its highest ranking all season. Weber State has its final two games of the regular season on the road at rivals Southern Utah and Idaho State.
The Aggies are two wins away from an undefeated conference season and one win away from the league title. UC Davis defeated Northern Arizona at home, 42-20, to improve to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in conference play. The Aggies improved from No. 9 to No. 7 in the AFCA Coaches’ poll. It’s the second straight week and first time in school history that UC Davis has ever ranked in the top 10 in both national polls two weeks in a row. UC Davis plays at Eastern Washington this weekend.
For the first time since 2015, the Idaho State Bengals are ranked in the FCS Top 25 polls. The Bengals were voted No. 24 in the FCS STATS Poll and No. 25 in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll. Idaho State is undefeated at home this season, as it sports a 6-3 overall record and a 5-1 league mark. The Bengals are coming off a 48-45 win at Portland State and will play at Cal Poly this weekend.
This is the fourth consecutive week the Big Sky has three teams in the top 10 poll. Prior to this season, the Big Sky last had three teams in the top tier in Week 1 of the 2015 season – Eastern Washington (7th), Montana (8th) and Montana State (9th) in the Coaches’ Poll.
Other Big Sky teams receiving votes were Montana State and Montana.
Two full weeks of action remain in the regular season. The NCAA will announce the 24-team playoff field on Nov. 18.
A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the STATS 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 FCS Top 25 (Nov. 5)
- North Dakota State(9-0), 3,950 points (158 first-place votes)
Previous Ranking: 1; Last Week’s Result: 17-7 win over Youngstown State
- Kennesaw State(8-1), 3,739
Previous Ranking: 2; Last Week’s Result: 49-0 win over Campbell
- Weber State(7-2), 3,539
Previous Ranking: 4; Last Week’s Result: 26-14 win over Sacramento State
- UC Davis(8-1), 3,364
Previous Ranking: 6; Last Week’s Result: 42-20 win over Northern Arizona
- Eastern Washington(7-2), 3,326
Previous Ranking: 5; Last Week’s Result: 48-13 win over Northern Colorado
- South Dakota State(6-2), 3,193
Previous Ranking: 7; Last Week’s Result: 59-7 win over Missouri State
- Elon(6-2), 2,928
Previous Ranking: 8; Last Week’s Result: 24-21 win over Rhode Island
- Jacksonville State(7-2), 2,591
Previous Ranking: 10; Last Week’s Result: 21-14 win over UT Martin
- James Madison(6-3), 2,577
Previous Ranking: 3; Last Week’s Result: 35-24 loss to New Hampshire
- Colgate(8-0), 2,520
Previous Ranking: 12; Last Week’s Result: 41-0 win over Fordham
- Delaware(7-2), 2,383
Previous Ranking: 13; Last Week’s Result: 21-16 win over Albany
- Stony Brook(6-3), 1,910
Previous Ranking: 16; Last Week’s Result: Bye
- Princeton(8-0), 1,826
Previous Ranking: 18; Last Week’s Result: 14-9 win over Dartmouth
- North Carolina A&T(7-2), 1,799
Previous Ranking: 17; Last Week’s Result: 37-20 win over Norfolk State
- Wofford(6-3), 1,756
Previous Ranking: 9; Last Week’s Result: 35-20 loss to Samford
- Maine(6-3), 1,371
Previous Ranking: 23; Last Week’s Result: 35-28 win over Towson
- Nicholls(6-3), 1,301
Previous Ranking: 20; Last Week’s Result: 41-20 win over Houston Baptist
- McNeese(6-3), 1,221
Previous Ranking: 11; Last Week’s Result: 23-6 loss to Southeastern Louisiana
- ETSU(8-2), 1,166
Previous Ranking: 22; Last Week’s Result: 21-18 win over Mercer
- Towson(6-3), 1,024
Previous Ranking: 15; Last Week’s Result: 35-28 loss to Maine
- Southeast Missouri State(7-2), 871
Previous Ranking: 25; Last Week’s Result: 38-21 win over Tennessee State
- UNI(5-4), 653
Previous Ranking: NR; Last Week’s Result: 26-16 win over Illinois State
- Illinois State(5-4), 584
Previous Ranking: 14; Last Week’s Result: 26-16 loss to UNI
- Idaho State(6-3), 449
Previous Ranking: NR; Last Week’s Result: 48-45 win over Portland State
- Dartmouth(7-1), 240
Previous Ranking: 24; Last Week’s Result: 14-9 loss to Princeton
Dropped Out: Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State
Others Receiving Votes: Central Arkansas 208, Samford 146, San Diego 134, Monmouth 121, Western Illinois 107, UIW 67, Chattanooga 63, Sam Houston State 57, Rhode Island 43, Florida A&M 29, Lamar 29, Montana State 20, Alcorn State 19, North Dakota 11, Furman 6, Montana 6, Abilene Christian 2, Sacred Heart 1