Posted: Oct 28, 2013 3:57 PM by MTN Sports
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 championship seasons.
There was only one loss among Top 10 teams this past Saturday, and that was the 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 in Monday's 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 Conference.
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 and 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 Football 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 FCS, 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 sits 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 Hampshire (4-3); No. 17 Wofford (5-3); No. 18 Central Arkansas (5-3); No. 19 South Dakota 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 Louisiana (6-2).
Charleston Southern, from the Big South, has had only one previous appearance in the national media poll, when the Buccaneers 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.
Team (First-place votes) 2013 Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (159) 8-0 3975 1
2. Eastern Illinois Panthers 7-1 3709 2
3. Eastern Washington Eagles 6-2 3554 3
4. McNeese State Cowboys 7-1 3346 4
5. Montana State Bobcats 6-2 3191 5
6. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 8-0 3102 6
7. Towson Tigers 8-1 2964 8
8. Sam Houston State Bearkats 6-2 2952 7
9. Fordham Rams 8-0 2855 8
10. Maine Black Bears 7-1 2537 11
11. Youngstown State Penguins 7-1 2234 13
12. Montana Grizzlies 6-2 2045 10
13. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 7-1 2001 14
14. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 6-2 1795 16
15. Samford Bulldogs 6-2 1681 22
16. New Hampshire Wildcats 4-3 1292 20
17. Wofford Terriers 5-3 1226 12
18. Central Arkansas Bears 5-3 1035 23
19. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 5-4 800 25
20. Villanova Wildcats 4-4 710 18
21. Delaware Blue Hens 6-2 701 NR
22. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 6-2 648 16
23. Tennessee State Tigers 7-2 617 21
24. Charleston Southern Buccaneers 8-1 589 NR
25. Southeastern Louisiana Lions 6-2 423 NR
Others receiving votes: Northern Iowa 360, James Madison 325, William & Mary 259, Jacksonville State 177, Chattanooga 175, Southern Illinois 81, Princeton 68, Georgia Southern 57, Harvard 37, Southern Utah 33, South Carolina State 24, Jackson State 18, UT Martin 18, Portland State 17, Illinois State 11, Sacramento State 7, Stony Brook 6, Cal Poly 6, South Dakota 4, Alabama State 4, Alcorn State 4, Eastern Kentucky 2. ... 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; Fritz Neighbor; Ryan Powell; Mike Robles; Steve Schaack; Randy Scovil; Bill Speltz; 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; Michael Stambaugh; 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; James Dixon; Alex Hickey; Doug Ireland; Todd Lamb; David McCollum; Teddy Renois; Kyle Rogers; Gene Shallenberg. Southwestern Athletic Conference: Santoria Black; Rodney Bush; Chris Jones; Zena Lewis; Darrell Orand; Wesley Peterson; Je'Kel Smith; Brandon Willis. Other Representatives: Rolf Bertulies; Brian Brennan; Josh Buchanan; Jim Seman.