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North Dakota State, James Madison lead NCAA committee's top 10 FCS football rankings

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INDIANAPOLIS โ€” The NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee revealed its top 10 rankings Wednesday evening with defending national champion and undefeated North Dakota State (8-0) leading the way as the top-ranked team.

Right behind the Bison at No. 2 is James Madison (6-2), followed by UC Davis (7-1), Weber State (6-2) and Elon (5-2).

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Rounding out the top 10 is Kennesaw State (7-1) at sixth, South Dakota State (5-2) at seventh, Wofford (6-2) at eighth, Eastern Washington (6-2) at ninth and Delaware (6-2) at 10th.

This is the third straight year that the committee has publicly released a midseason ranking. This will be the only ranking released by the committee prior to the final bracket being revealed at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time on Selection Sunday, Nov. 18, on ESPNU.

The 2018 championship field consists of 10 automatic qualifiers and 14 at-large qualifiers. The top eight teams will be seeded, receive first-round byes and host second-round games. The 16 other teams will bid to host first-round games.

First-round games take place Saturday, Nov. 24, and the championship will conclude with the national championship game on Saturday, Jan. 5 at noon Eastern time in Frisco, Texas. The national championship game will be on ESPN2.

Tickets for the Division I championship game are available at

NCAA Division I FCS Committee Top 10 (records through Oct. 27):
1 North Dakota State 8-0
2 James Madison 6-2
3 UC Davis 7-1
4 Weber State 6-2
5 Elon 5-2
6 Kennesaw State 7-1
7 South Dakota State 5-2
8 Wofford 6-2
9 Eastern Washington 6-2
10 Delaware 6-2

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