SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Preseason favorite North Dakota State remained the No. 1 team in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll this week. The Bison received 24 of the 26 first-place votes after winning their 25th consecutive game, an FCS and school record.

NDSU kicked off the season with a 34-14 road victory against Big 12 opponent Iowa State. It was the fifth consecutive win over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent for the three-time defending national champion. The Bison were led by senior running back John Crockett, who rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.

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Eastern Washington remained second in the poll earning 626 points and two first-place votes after starting the season 2-0. The Eagles opened the season with a 56-35 win over then No. 14 Sam Houston State on August 23 before topping Montana-Western 41-9 on Saturday.

Southeastern Louisiana remained third while Coastal Carolina moved up two spots to fourth after a 31-16 victory at The Citadel. Chanticleers’ quarterback Alex Ross was 24-of-32 through the air for 263 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Montana remained fifth to round out the top five with McNeese State moving up three spots to come in sixth.

Villanova made the biggest jump in the polls, six spots, to earn a seventh-place ranking. The Wildcats took ACC foe Syracuse to double overtime on Friday night but fell short 27-26. New Hampshire, Jacksonville State and Fordham finished out the top 10.

Southern Illinois was the lone new team to enter the poll this week, coming in at 25. They opened the season with a 45-0 win over Taylor on Thursday night.

Nine conferences were represented among the 25 teams. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) led all conferences with six schools ranked in the top 25. The Missouri Valley Football Conference was second with five teams while the Big Sky, Ohio Valley and Southland conferences each placed three.

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