Top five holds, Southeastern La. makes biggest jump in coaches' poll
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The top five teams kept hold of their spots at the top of the rankings, while Delaware, Chattanooga and William & Mary broke into the FCS Coaches' Poll this week.
North Dakota State keeps the unanimous No. 1 spot following its bye week, taking all 26 first-place votes to earn 650 points. The Bison have held the No. 1 ranking since Nov. 5, 2012, and have been ranked in the top spot in 22 of the 25 polls since the beginning of last season.
Eastern Illinois (622), Coastal Carolina (591), Eastern Washington (575) and Montana State (544) keep their spots in the top five for the second consecutive week after all four teams notched wins on Saturday.
Fordham (499), Sam Houston State (492), Youngstown State (462), Maine (426) and Bethune-Cookman (385) each moved forward two spots in the rankings, rounding out the top 10. Towson drops to No. 11 after falling to previously unranked Delaware 32-31 at home. Montana moves to up a spot to 12th with 376 points, while McNeese State falls six spots to No. 13 following its 42-7 loss to Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday.
Northern Arizona remains at No. 14, receiving 224 points from the coaches, and Wofford moves up a spot to No. 15 following its bye week. Charleston Southern is No. 16 with 239 points.
Southeastern Louisiana was this week’s biggest mover, jumping eight spots to No. 17. James Madison (158), Lehigh (156) and South Dakota State (148) round out the top 20.
Delaware enters the poll at No. 21 after being unranked last week, earning 89 points from the coaches this week. Samford (81) drops two spots after falling to The Citadel 28-26 on Saturday. Chattanooga moves into the top 25 at No. 23, while William & Mary and Central Arkansas both earned 66 points to share the No. 24 ranking.
New Hampshire, Villanova and Tennessee State dropped from the rankings.