For the first time this season, a team not named North Dakota State sits atop of the FCS Coaches Poll.

The Bison are still an excellent football team. No one is disputing that. North Dakota State won the national championship last season and scored an impressive road win against FBS power Iowa earlier this year.

But NDSU fell to South Dakota State on Saturday, and now, Sam Houston State is ahead of the rest of the field in the rankings.

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Here’s what you need to know about the Bearkats.


Sam Houston State’s lowest point total this season is 44. Simply put, the Berkats are unstoppable on offense. Here’s their game log to date:

Sam Houston State 2016 game log
Date Opponent Score Result
9/3 Oklahoma Panhandle 59-21 W
9/17 Lamar 44-31 W
9/24 HBU 52-16 W
10/1 Stephen F. Austin 63-28 W
10/8 Incarnate Word 63-48 W
10/14 Abilene Christian 48-21 W

The Bearkats are averaging 54.8 points per game this season and are outscoring their opponents 329-165. Talk about impressive.


Sam Houston State is led by star quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe. Briscoe has thrown for 2,080 yards in 2016 to go along with 26 touchdown passes; he’s completing almost 70 percent of his throws. Louis Yeddiah leads the Bearkats in receptions (36) and receiving yards (515).

In the backfield, Sam Houston State boasts a three-pronged attack. Remus Bulmer, Corey Avery and Javin Webb have combined to carry the rock 188 times for 1,236 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. Play eight in the box, and Briscoe will shred your secondary. Play a passive zone, and the Bearkats will gash you on the ground. This is the new No. 1 team for a reason.


Tyler Scott hauls in an impressive grab in Sam Houston State’s 48-21 win over Abilene Christian:

Behind the scenes of Sam Houston State’s huge win against Stephen F. Austin:

Briscoe throws for 438 yards and seven touchdowns against SFA:

Sam Houston State gets off to a sizzling start against HBU:

Can the Bearkats hold onto the No. 1 spot for the duration of the season? Time will tell, but this team is certainly deserving of the honor.