North Dakota State nearly unanimous to choice in FCS Coaches' Poll
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- North Dakota State remains No. 1 in the FCS Coaches' Poll this week after defeating Prairie View A&M 66-7 on Saturday. The Bison received 25 of 26 first-place votes and 648 out of a possible 650 points.
Montana State kept its No. 2 ranking after taking down Northern Colorado 41-16. The Bobcats moved to 4-0 on the season, and received 618 points (one first-place vote).
Youngstown State moved into No. 3 after defeating then-No. 8 Northern Iowa 42-35. The Panthers fell to No. 17.
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Old Dominion rose one spot to No. 4 after winning a shootout against then-No. 19 New Hampshire, 64-61. ODU quarterback Taylor Heinicke threw for a Division I record 730 yards and five touchdowns as Jarod Brown kicked a 25-yard field goal with 41 seconds left and Andre Simmons intercepted a pass to clinch the win. Heinicke's 730 yards were just one yard shy of the all-division record set by Zamir Amin of Menlo (Div. III) who passed for 731 yards against Cal Lutheran in 2000. Heinicke's 730-yards passed the previous Division I record of 716 yards by David Klingler of Houston in 1990 against Arizona State. The previous FCS high was 624 set by Weber State's Jamie Martin against Idaho State in 1991.
Wofford, which was idle last week, rose one spot to No. 5, James Madison rose one spot to No. 6, and Eastern Washington rose two spots to No. 7.
Delaware jumped into the top 10 at No. 8 after defeating William & Mary 51-21. Georgia Southern rose one spot to No. 9 after holding off conference-foe Elon, 26-23.
Sam Houston State fell from a tie for No. 3 to No. 10 after falling to then-No. 21 Central Arkansas, which jumped seven spots to No. 14, the biggest jump in the poll this week.
Two previously unranked teams made their debut into the Top-25 this week. Cal Poly entered the poll at No. 23 after defeating UC Davis 28-20 and moving to 3-0 on the season. Samford entered the poll at No. 25 after a 25-21 win over Western Carolina. The Bulldogs are now 4-0 on the season.
Nine conferences are represented in the poll. The Southern Conference and Colonial Athletic Association are tied for the most teams in the top-25 with five each. The Big Sky and Missouri Valley are each represented by four teams, while three Southland teams make an appearance in this week’s poll. The Big South, Ivy League, Patriot League and Ohio Valley each have one team in the top-25.