Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The top teams in The Sports Network FCS
Top 25 have been raising their play for what they hope will turn into
There was only one loss among Top 10 teams this past Saturday, and that was
result of a matchup within the Top 10. Otherwise, the top eight teams won
important conference matchups while No. 9 Fordham was idle.
Seven ranked teams outside the Top 10 fell in their games, however, so there
was plenty of movement there on Monday in the new poll, which continues to be
led by two-time defending national champion North Dakota State.
Four weeks of action remain in the regular season. Eleven conference champions
and 13 at-large selections will advance to this year's expanded 24-team FCS
playoff bracket, which will be announced by the NCAA on Nov. 24.
North Dakota State (8-0) could top that field the way it has been atop the
rankings all season. The Bison blew out Indiana State, 56-10, on Saturday to
take sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Football
Coach Craig Bohl's squad collected all 159 first-place votes and 3,975 points
in Monday's rankings.
Second-ranked Eastern Illinois (7-1) is coming off one of the weekend's bigger
wins, as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo solved the Tennessee State defense for a
34-16 Ohio Valley Conference triumph.
Third-ranked Eastern Washington (6-2) kept pace atop the Big Sky Conference
standings with a 42-37 win at then-No. 10 Montana.
Also winning games to remain atop their conferences were No. 4 McNeese State
(7-1) in the Southland Conference, No. 5 Montana State (6-2) in the Big Sky
No. 6 Coastal Carolina (8-0) in the Big South
Towson (8-1) followed running back Terrance West's lead to a 48-32 CAA
win over Richmond and moved up one spot to No. 7, passing Sam Houston State
(6-2), which routed Northwestern State, 44-10, in the Southland.
Fordham (8-0) remained at No. 9 as one of only three unbeaten teams in the
while CAA leader Maine (7-1) moved into the 10th spot following a 37-35 win
over Villanova in a key CAA matchup.
Youngstown State (7-1) moved up to No. 11 after an idle weekend. The Penguins
were followed by No. 12 Montana (6-2); No. 13 Bethune-Cookman (7-1), which
first in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference; No. 14 Northern Arizona (6-2),
No. 15 Samford (6-2), the Southern Conference frontrunner; No. 16 New
(4-3); No. 17 Wofford (5-3); No. 18 Central Arkansas (5-3); No. 19 South
State (5-4); and No. 20 Villanova (4-4).
Rounding out the rankings were No. 21 Delaware (6-2), which returned after a
three-week absence, No. 22 Lehigh (6-2), No. 23 Tennessee State (7-2) and then
two newcomers, No. 24 Charleston Southern (8-1) and No. 25 Southeastern
Charleston Southern, from the Big South, has had only one previous appearance
in the national media poll, when they were ranked No. 24 on Nov. 6, 2006.
Southeastern Louisiana was last ranked No. 25 on Sept. 13, 2004. With the
Lions' addition, the Southland has four teams in the rankings, which ties with
the Big Sky for the second-most teams behind the CAA's five.
Northern Iowa, James Madison and Georgia Southern all fell from the Top 25
after suffering losses.
A panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters,
writers and other dignitaries selects the national poll. In the Top 25 voting,
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.
During the regular season, the Top 25 will be released every Monday afternoon,
except for the final weekend, when it will be released Sunday morning, Nov.
24, prior to the selection of the FCS playoff field.
The final Top 25 will be released on the Monday after the FCS championship
game Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas.
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