Georgia Southern takes over top spot in coaches' poll after 3OT victory
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Georgia Southern moved to No. 1 in this week’s FCS Coaches Poll after claiming a 39-31 triple-overtime win at Chattanooga on Saturday. The Eagles received 17 first-place votes and tallied 635 total points.
Georgia Southern forced overtime with a fourth-quarter field goal and the Eagles’ defense came up with a stop on fourth-down in the third overtime to hold off Chattanooga.
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North Dakota State received five first-place votes (619 points) and rose one spot to No. 2 after defeating Southern Illinois 23-17. Montana State and Sam Houston State each climbed one spot to No. 3 and No. 4 as well. Sam Houston State also received two first-place votes. Old Dominion moved up two spots to No. 5, while Lehigh, which was idle last week, received one first-place vote and maintained its No. 6 ranking.
Wofford rose one spot to No. 7 after defeating The Citadel 24-21. Last week’s No. 1, Eastern Washington, dropped to No. 8 after losing to unranked Southern Utah. Stony Brook (No. 9) and James Madison (No. 10) maintain their rankings from last week and round out the top ten.
Previously unranked Bethune-Cookman (No. 24) and South Dakota State (No. 25) each entered the poll after picking up wins over the weekend.
Eleven conferences are represented in the poll. The Colonial Athletic Association has the most teams with five. The Big Sky and Missouri Valley are represented by four teams each, while the Southern Conference has three teams in this week’s poll. The Ohio Valley and Southland conferences are represented by two teams, and the Big South, Ivy League, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Northeast, and Patriot League have one team in the top 25.