Eastern Washington unseats North Dakota St. to take top spot in poll
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Eastern Washington is the new No. 1 in the FCS Coaches' Poll after defeating then-No.2 Montana State 27-24. The Eagles received 11 first-place votes and tallied 615 total points to take over the top spot. This is the third season in a row they've reached a No. 1 ranking.
The Eagles used a blocked punt recovered for a touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown to defeat Montana State, who received one first-place vote and dropped to No. 5.
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The Eagles ascended to the top spot as part of a major shakeup in the poll this week as all the positions in the top 10 are different than last week. James Madison rose three spots to No. 2 after defeating William & Mary 27-26 in double overtime. The Dukes received seven first-place votes. Georgia Southern received two first-place votes and climbed four spots to No. 3, after defeating then-No. 4 Wofford, 17-9. GSU’s move four spots up the poll was the highest jump this week.
North Dakota State received four first-place votes, but dropped to No. 4 after falling to previously unranked Indiana State, which enters this week’s poll at No .25.
Sam Houston State rose two spots to No. 6, while the only undefeated team in the top 10, Lehigh, moved three spots to No. 7. Old Dominion dropped to No. 8 after falling to Villanova, while Wofford fell to No. 9. Stony Brook (No. 10) moved up one spot to round out the top 10.
Ten conferences are represented in the poll. The Colonial Athletic Association has the most teams in the top 25 with five. The Big Sky and Missouri Valley are represented by four teams each, while the Southern Conference and Southland each have three teams. The Ohio Valley conference is represented by two teams, and the Big South, Ivy League, Northeast and Patriot League have one team.