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Southern Conference | October 13, 2014

Illinois State joins top 10

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Four matchups pitted top-25 teams against one another last week, while another five teams receiving votes took on ranked opponents. Nine teams in last week’s Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll fell on Saturday creating a shakeup in this week’s top 25.

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North Dakota State was picked as the unanimous No. 1 pick, receiving all 26 first-place votes for a total of 650 points. The Bison improved to 6-0 on the season with a 38-10 win against then-No. 13 Southern Illinois. NDSU scored the final 21 points of the game to pull away from the Salukis and extend its FCS-record winning streak to 30 games. The Bison will face their third ranked opponent in four games when they host No. 23 Indiana State this Saturday.

Eastern Washington held steady in second place with 624 points. The Eagles earned a 42-30 road victory at Southern Utah to improve their record to 6-1 on the year. EWU was led by running backs Jalen Moore and Mario Brown, who combined for 267 yards and three touchdowns.

Coastal Carolina remained third in the poll, earning 583 point this week. The Chanticleers improved to 7-0 on the season with a 40-28 win at Presbyterian. Villanova moved up one spot to fourth, while New Hampshire followed suit to round out the top five. Both teams improved to 5-1 on the year with lopsided wins on Saturday.

Montana and Jacksonville State found themselves in sixth and seventh, respectively, after each moved up a spot. Southeastern Louisiana came in eighth and Illinois State entered the top 10 for the first time this season at No. 9. The Redbirds made the biggest jump in the poll, moving up six spots after a 20-18 victory against then-No. 22 Indiana State. McNeese State rounded out the top 10 after a road loss on Saturday.

A pair of new teams joined the ranks this week. Ivy League standout Harvard entered the rankings at No. 24. The Crimson defeated Cornell last week 24-7 to improve to 4-0 on the season. They are joined by Sam Houston State, who reenters the poll at No. 25. The Bearkats pulled the upset victory against No. 4 McNeese State 38-22 to move to 3-3 on the season.

Ten conferences were again represented among the 25 teams. The Missouri Valley Football Conference once again led all conferences with seven teams in the top 25. The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) placed four teams in the poll to come in second. The Big Sky and the Southland Conference followed with three schools apiece.


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