Top two spots remain the same while rest of FCS coaches' poll shuffles
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Twenty-three teams changed spots in the FCS coaches' poll this week, but North Dakota State and Eastern Illinois kept hold of No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, for the fourth consecutive week.
The Bison took all 26 first-place votes from the coaches to retain the top spot, while Eastern Illinois earned 621 points, one fewer than the Panthers earned last week.
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Eastern Washington moved to No. 3 following a 54-29 drubbing of Montana State on Saturday. The Eagles pulled in 598 points, followed by Sam Houston State (545), which jumped three spots form its No. 7 ranking last week. Undefeated Fordham rounded out the top five with 543 points.
Maine is sixth, moving three spots forward with 479 points. Towson (455) and Montana (426) each jumped four slots to No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Coastal Carolina drops six spots to No. 9 after a 31-26 loss to Charleston Southern. Montana State (410) completed the top 10, falling five spots in the rankings.
McNeese State (404), Charleston Southern (376), Northern Arizona (343) and Southeastern Louisiana all moved forward to hold down the Nos. 11-14 spots in the poll. Youngstown State dropped a 22-20 decision to Northern Iowa and fell seven spots to No. 15, tied for the biggest drop of the week.
Bethune-Cookman (247) comes in at No. 16 following a 27-24 home loss to Norfolk State, and Lehigh is 17th with 205 points. Chattanooga knocked off Wofford 20-10 on Saturday to move up five spots to No. 18, the biggest jump in the poll this week. South Dakota State (182) and William and Mary (175) close out the top 20.
Wofford (97) and Delaware (89) are No. 21 and No. 22 after both teams lost over the weekend. Jacksonville State (79) and Princeton (61) both enter the poll after being unranked last week, and James Madison rounds out the rankings with 54 points.
Samford and Central Arkansas dropped from the rankings.