Posted: Sep 23, 2013 4:03 PM by MTN Sports
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - For the first time in 33 weeks, Montana State has dropped out of the Sports Network's Top 10 after losing 52-38 Saturday at Stephen F. Austin.
The Bobcats held only one lead, which was early in the 4th quarter, before giving up three unanswered touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Jake Bleskin was intercepted four times in only his second start.
Montana jumped from 9th to 7th after coasting to a 47-14 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Griz began playing subs in the 1st quarter before improving to 3-0.
North Dakota State, the two-time defending FCS champion, strengthened its hold on No. 1 by collecting 157 of the 158 first-place votes and 3,949 points. The Bison shut out Delaware State, 51-0, Saturday.
Eastern Washington, which earned the other first-place vote, remained at No. 2, while Towson moved up one spot to No. 3 in the national poll selected weekly by a panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries.
The FCS schedule on Saturday will feature three matchups among the nine highest-ranked teams. North Dakota State (3-0) will open its Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule at No. 6 South Dakota State (3-1). Eastern Washington (2-1) will visit No. 4 Sam Houston State (3-1) in a non-conference game which also is a rematch of Sam Houston's 45-42 win at EWU in the 2012 national semifinals. In addition, No. 5 Northern Iowa (3-0) will host No. 9 McNeese State (4-0) in non-conference action.
The rest of the Top 10 included No. 3 Towson (4-0), No. 7 Montana (3-0), No. 8 Eastern Illinois (3-1) and No. 10 New Hampshire (1-1).
Next up was No. 11 Montana State (2-2), which fell eight spots after losing to unranked Stephen F. Austin. The Bobcats were followed by No. 12 Coastal Carolina (4-0), No. 13 Central Arkansas (2-2), No. 14 James Madison (3-1), No. 15 Georgia Southern (2-1), No. 16 Fordham (4-0), No. 17 Wofford (2-2), No. 18 Cal Poly (1-2), No. 19 Villanova (1-2) and No. 20 Bethune-Cookman (3-1).
Rounding out the Top 25 were No. 21 Lehigh (3-0), No. 22 Richmond (2-2), No. 23 UT Martin (2-1), No. 24 Northern Arizona (2-1) and Gardner-Webb.
Stony Brook fell from the Top 25 after losing to Villanova.
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. 17, 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) 3-0 3949 1
2. Eastern Washington Eagles (1) 2-1 3669 2
3. Towson Tigers 4-0 3580 4
4. Sam Houston State Bearkats 3-1 3415 5
5. Northern Iowa Panthers 3-0 3258 7
6. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 3-1 2884 6
7. Montana Grizzlies 3-0 2802 9
8. Eastern Illinois Panthers 3-1 2622 8
9. McNeese State Cowboys 4-0 2529 12
10. New Hampshire Wildcats 1-1 2428 11
11. Montana State Bobcats 2-2 2366 3
12. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 4-0 1809 15
13. Central Arkansas Bears 2-2 1681 13
14. James Madison Dukes 3-1 1578 17
15. Georgia Southern Eagles 2-1 1531 14
16. Fordham Rams 4-0 1312 21
17. Wofford Terriers 2-2 1307 10
18. Cal Poly Mustangs 1-2 1124 18
19. Villanova Wildcats 1-2 966 20
20. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 3-1 876 19
21. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 3-0 821 22
22. Richmond Spiders 2-2 673 23
23. Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 2-1 596 24
24. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 2-1 556 25
25. Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs 3-1 483 NR
Others receiving votes: Youngstown State 452, Stony Brook 329, Maine 271, Illinois State 260, William & Mary 235, Jacksonville State 193, Delaware 162, Southern Utah 154, North Carolina A&T 99, Chattanooga 89, Stephen F. Austin 53, Samford 37, Southeastern Louisiana 34, Eastern Kentucky 32, South Carolina State 30, Harvard 25, Tennessee State 17, Penn 13, Charleston Southern 12, Southern Illinois 7, Western Illinois 6, Northwestern State 6, Jackson State 5, Indiana State 4, Portland State 4, Appalachian State 2, Liberty 2, Sacred Heart 1, Alcorn State 1. ... 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: Lance Fleming; 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; Natalie Hicks; Chris Jones; Zena Lewis; Wesley Peterson; Je'Kel Smith; Brandon Willis. Other Representatives: Rolf Bertulies; Brian Brennan; Josh Buchanan; Jim Seman.