SPARTANBURG, S.C. – North Dakota State remains No. 1 in the FCS Coaches Poll released Monday. The Bison received 25 of 26 first-place votes and 648 out of a possible 650 points.
Montana State moved up one spot to No. 2 after defeating Stephen F. Austin 43-35 on Saturday. The Bobcats are 3-0 for the first time since 1978.
Sam Houston State and Youngstown State tied for No. 3 this week. The Bearkats fell to FBS-foe Baylor 48-23 and Youngstown State jumped five spots after defeating Albany 31-24.
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Old Dominion fell one spot to No. 5, while Wofford rose three spots to No. 6. James Madison (No. 7) and Northern Iowa (No. 8) each fell two spots in the poll after dropping contests to FBS opponents West Virginia and Iowa, respectively.
Eastern Washington and Georgia Southern rounded out the top ten.
The Citadel made the biggest jump after defeating then-No. 7 Appalachian State 52-28. The Bulldogs are now No. 14. The Mountaineers fell to No. 18.
Nine conferences are represented in the poll. The Colonial Athletic Association leads the way with six teams, followed by the Missouri Valley with five teams. The Southern Conference has four ranked teams, while the Southland and Big Sky have three teams in the Top 25. The Patriot League, Ivy League, Ohio Valley and Big South are all represented with one team in this week’s poll.
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