Top three remain the same, then changes abound in FCS Coaches' Poll
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- For the second consecutive week, more than 20 teams changed spots in the FCS Coaches' Poll, including four new teams breaking into the rankings.
Southern Utah, Samford, New Hampshire and Tennessee State enter the poll after being unranked last week. Southern Utah makes its season debut in the rankings after receiving votes for most of the season. Twenty-one teams changed spots in the rankings after 23 teams found themselves in new slots last week.
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North Dakota State continues its hold as the unanimous No. 1, with Eastern Illinois (623) and Eastern Washington (599) at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.
Maine (563), Towson (536), Montana (486) and Coastal Carolina (435) each moved up one spot after wins Saturday and hold the Nos. 4-7 positions this week. McNeese State jumps three spots to eighth, earning 418 points from the coaches. Sam Houston State (8-3) dropped five spots following its 34-21 loss to this week’s No. 10 team, Southeastern Louisiana (391).
Fordham saw its 10-game winning streak end with a 27-14 loss to Lafayette, causing the Rams to drop five spots to No. 11. Northern Arizona (329) moves forward one slot to 12th, followed by Montana State (304), Bethune-Cookman (276) and Lehigh (233).
Charleston Southern (230) comes in at No. 16, trailed by South Dakota State (215) and Youngstown State (147). Princeton (111) and Wililam and Mary (104) round out the top 20.
Chattanooga is No. 21 after dropping a 17-14 overtime contest at Samford on Saturday. Southern Utah (63), Samford (62), New Hampshire (61) and Tennessee State (50) round out the rankings after being unranked last week.
Wofford, Delaware, Jacksonville State and James Madison dropped from the rankings.