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Southern Conference | September 15, 2014

Bryant among three newcomers to FCS poll

Bryant Football Bryant is 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2010 and just the third time in program history.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- North Dakota State was yet again the No. 1 team in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll this week. The Bison just nearly missed being a unanimous No. 1 selection for the second consecutive week, receiving 25 of the 26 first-place votes.

NDSU improved to 3-0 on the season with a dominating 58-0 win against Incarnate Word to extend its FCS-record winning streak to 27 games. The Bison totaled 508 yards of offense while holding the Cardinals to just 150 yards of offense. Quarterback Carson Wentz completed 14 of 18 passes for a career-high 237 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

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Eastern Washington remained second in the poll, receiving one first-place vote and earning 624 points. The Eagles were off last week and will return to action this coming Saturday when they travel to No. 16 Montana State.  

The only change in the top 10 this week came as Montana moved up a spot to third earning 564 points this week. Southeastern Louisiana fell to fourth after a 35-20 loss at FBS-opponent Tulane. Coastal Carolina rounded out the top five after improving to 3-0 with a 30-3 win against South Carolina State.

McNeese State remained sixth after earning its first victory of the season, a 48-16 win against Prairie View A&M, to improve to 1-1. Villanova and Jacksonville State each stayed at seventh and eighth, respectively, after being idle last week. New Hampshire and South Dakota State rounded out the top 10.

Three new teams found their way in to the top 25 this week. Northern Arizona returned to the poll, coming in at 23, for the first time since the preseason poll. The Lumberjacks cut down New Mexico Highlands 62-23 to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Illinois State (24) and Bryant (T-25) both entered the poll for the first time this season after each knocking off top-25 teams last week. Illinois State topped No. 24 Eastern Illinois 34-15 while Bryant defeated No. 20 Maine 13-10.

Ten conferences were represented among the 25 teams. The Missouri Valley Football Conference led all conferences with six teams in the top 25. The Big Sky and the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) were second with four schools apiece. The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and Southland conferences each placed three.


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