Posted: Sep 30, 2013 3:44 PM by MTN Sports
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's all so familiar.
The Sports Network FCS Top 25 returned on Monday to the way it finished in each of the past two seasons - with North Dakota State at No. 1 and Sam Houston State at No. 2.
They played each other in the 2011 and 2012 FCS national championship games, with North Dakota State winning both times.
Here the two dance partners are in the same order again, with North Dakota State remaining atop the poll as it has been since the preseason and Sam Houston State moving up two spots to No. 2.
It was a result of the two teams winning the most anticipated games of this past weekend's schedule. North Dakota State handled then-No. 6 South Dakota State, 20-0, and Sam Houston State raced past then-No. 2 Eastern Washington, 49-34.
The top-ranked Bison (4-0) received all but one of the 158 first-place votes and 3,949 points. The Bearkats (4-1), whose only loss is to Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M, gained the other first-place vote and had 3,673 points, jumping over No. 3 Towson to gain the second spot.
Towson (5-0) remained unbeaten after staging a second-half rally to beat Stony Brook, 35-21.
Northern Iowa (4-0) won the weekend's other matchup within the Top 10, routing then-No. 9 McNeese State, 43-6, and moved up one spot to No. 4. The Panthers will play in Saturday's biggest matchup by visiting North Dakota State for a Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup.
Eastern Illinois (4-1) was next in the rankings at No. 5, followed by No. 6 Eastern Washington (2-2), No. 7 South Dakota State (3-2), No. 8 Montana State (3-2), No. 9 Coastal Carolina (5-0) and No. 10 Montana (3-1).
The next 10 were No. 11 McNeese State (4-1); No. 12 Fordham (5-0); No. 13 Lehigh (4-0); No. 14 Central Arkansas (2-2); No. 15 Northern Arizona (3-1), which moved up nine spots after posting a win over Montana; No. 16 Georgia Southern (3-1); No. 17 Wofford (2-2); No. 18 Cal Poly (2-2); No. 19 New Hampshire (1-2); and No. 20 Villanova (2-2).
Rounding out the Top 25 were No. 21 Bethune-Cookman (3-1), No. 22 UT Martin (3-1), No. 23 Maine (4-1), No. 24 Delaware (4-1); and No. 25 Gardner-Webb (3-1).
Maine and Delaware had the formula for joining the Top 25 for the first time this season. They knocked teams out of the rankings, with Maine beating Richmond, 28-21, and Delaware topping James Madison, 29-22, in a pair of CAA Football matchups.
The CAA and Big Sky Conference had the most teams in the Top 25 with five each. Nine FCS conferences were represented in the rankings.
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.
1. North Dakota State Bison (157) 4-0 3949 1
2. Sam Houston State Bearkats (1) 4-1 3673 4
3. Towson Tigers 5-0 3645 3
4. Northern Iowa Panthers 4-0 3492 5
5. Eastern Illinois Panthers 4-1 3156 8
6. Eastern Washington Eagles 2-2 3050 2
7. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 3-2 2581 6
8. Montana State Bobcats 3-2 2561 11
9. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 5-0 2478 12
10. Montana Grizzlies 3-1 1964 7
11. McNeese State Cowboys 4-1 1836 9
12. Fordham Rams 5-0 1832 16
13. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 4-0 1764 21
14. Central Arkansas Bears 2-2 1763 13
15. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 3-1 1711 24
16. Georgia Southern Eagles 3-1 1635 15
17. Wofford Terriers 2-2 1203 17
18. Cal Poly Mustangs 2-2 1195 18
19. New Hampshire Wildcats 1-2 1162 10
20. Villanova Wildcats 2-2 1002 19
21. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 3-1 947 20
22. Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 3-1 724 23
23. Maine Black Bears 4-1 702 NR
24. Delaware Blue Hens 4-1 671 NR
25. Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs 4-1 570 25
Others receiving votes: Youngstown State 555, James Madison 544, William & Mary 235, Southern Utah 180, North Carolina A&T 126, Richmond 83, Tennessee State 59, Samford 46, Illinois State 45, Charleston Southern 41, Southeastern Louisiana 33, Harvard 31, Jacksonville State 27, Chattanooga 27, Stony Brook 17, Western Illinois 9, South Carolina State 7, Murray State 6, Portland State 6, Liberty 4, Sacred Heart 3. ... The Sports Network FCS Top 25 Voters - The Sports Network: Aaron Corrill; Craig Haley; Brandon Lawrence; Phil Sokol; Kevin Spiegel. Big Sky Conference: Brian Berger; Brad Bugger; Eric Burdick; Dave Cook; Neil Gardner; Paul Grua; Jeremy Hoeck; Mick Holien; Jon Kasper; Doug Kelly; Heather Kennedy; Bill Lamberty; Mike Lund; Ryan Powell; Mike Robles; Steve Schaack; Randy Scovil; Mitch Strohman; Denise Thompson. Big South: Zeke Beam; Mike Cawood; Matt Hogue; Chris Lang; Marc Rabb; Mark Simpson; Todd Wetmore; Alan York. CAA Football: Lizzie Barlow; Scott Burns; Zach Burrus; Pete Clawson; Glenn Frazer; Adam Gutes; Dean Kenefick; Allen Lessels; John Martin; Tyson McHatten; Scott Meyer; Mike Murphy; Dan O'Connell; Andrew Santillo; Scott Selheimer; Mike Stoss; Kevin Tresolini. FCS Independents: Matt Harmon; Shane Meling; Greg Viscomi. Ivy League: Rick Bender; Eric Dolan; Chris Humm; Craig Larson; Dan Loney; Craig Sachson. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: Thomas Grant; Bill Hamilton; Brian Holloway; Chris Hooks; Ronnie Johnson; Dennis Jones; Kendrick Lewis; Matt Michalec; Patricia Porter; Dan Ryan; Maurice Williams; Brent Woronoff. Missouri Valley Football Conference: Bryan Boettcher, John Bohnenkamp; Scott Gierman; Todd Golden; Jeremy Hoeck; Jason Hove; Todd Hefferman; Ace Hunt; Mike Kern; Rick Kindhart; Jeff Kolpack; Colin McDonough; Patrick Osterman; Trevor Parks; Randy Reinhardt; Jeff Schwartz; Mike Williams; Terry Vandrovec. Northeast Conference: Barry Beal; John Beisser; Brian Cleary; Spencer Kowitz; Tad Maurey; Ralph Ventre. Ohio Valley Conference: Neal Bradley; John Brush; Michael Clark; Wallace Dooley; Jeff Honza; Brad Kirtley; Rich Moser: Brian Nielsen: Karl Park: Mike Parris: Ryne Rickman; Rob Schabert: Kyle Schwartz: Greg Seitz. Patriot League: Charles Bare; Joe DiBari; Matt Dougherty; Keith Groller; Phil LaBella; Steve Lomangino; Eric Malanowski; Matt Markus; John Painter. Pioneer Football League: Ty Patton; Mark Brumbaugh; Cody Bush; Jack Cronin; Mike Ferraro; Ted Gosen; Doug Hauschild; Ricky Hazel; Paul Oren; Ty Patton; Matt Schabert; Jason Williams; Ryan Wronkowicz. Southern Conference: Jay Blackman; Tommy Bowman; Rose Carter; Mike Flynn; Brian Gargone; Don Heath; David Jackson; Keith Jarrett; Joey Mullins; Chris Rash; Hunter Reid; Todd Shanesy; Adam Smith; Brent Williamson. Southland Conference: Jason Barfield; Louis Bonnette; Matthew Bonnette; Jamie Bustos; Kenny Bybee; Erik Cox; James Dixon; Alex Hickey; Doug Ireland; Todd Lamb; David McCollum; Teddy Renois; Gene Shallenberg. Southwestern Athletic Conference: Santoria Black; Rodney Bush; Chris Jones; Zena Lewis; Wesley Peterson; Je'Kel Smith; Brandon Willis. Other Representatives: Rolf Bertulies; Brian Brennan; Josh Buchanan; Jim Seman.