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FCS Football: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 1

Delaware, William & Mary upsets of FBS teams, UIW triumph highlight the first full weekend of action for the subdivision.
Drew Nickles, Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens Football

Delaware linebacker Drew Nickles (51) celebrates a fourth-quarter fumble recovery that helped clinch the Blue Hens' season-opening, 14-7 win at Navy.

FCS college football is off and running … and passing … and pulling upsets of FBS programs.

CAA programs Delaware and William & Mary pulled some of the biggest wins in the first full weekend of the season, but none was more impressive than UIW’s 64-29 assault on Southern Illinois.

Here’s the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 1 games:

1. North Dakota State Bison

(1-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 1
Week 1 Result: 56-14 win over Drake
Next Game: North Carolina A&T (Sept. 10)

2. South Dakota State Jackrabbits

(0-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 2
Week 1 Result: 7-3 loss at Iowa
Next Game: UC Davis (Sept. 10)

3. Montana Grizzlies

(1-0, 0-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 3
Week 1 Result: 47-0 win over Northwestern State
Next Game: South Dakota (Sept. 10)

4. Montana State Bobcats

(1-0, 0-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 4
Week 1 Result: 40-17 win over McNeese
Next Game: Morehead State (Sept. 10)

5. Missouri State Bears

(1-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 5
Week 1 Result: 27-14 win at Central Arkansas
Next Game: UT Martin (Sept. 8)

6. Villanova Wildcats

(1-0, 0-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 8
Week 1 Result: 45-17 win over Lehigh
Next Game: at LIU (Sept. 10)

Team of the Week

7. UIW Cardinals

(1-0, 0-0 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 16
Week 1 Result: 64-29 win over then-No. 7 Southern Illinois

The Cardinals’ time of possession was 18 minutes, 7 seconds, which made their margin of victory especially stunning. Nicholls transfer quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. accounted for seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) to help first-year head coach G.J. Kinne win his debut.

Next Game: at Nevada (Sept. 10)

8. Sacramento State Hornets

(1-0, 0-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 6
Week 1 Result: 56-33 win over Utah Tech
Next Game: at Northern Iowa (Sept. 17)

9. Chattanooga Mocs

(1-0, 1-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 12
Week 1 Result: 31-0 win over Wofford
Next Game: at Eastern Illinois (Sept. 10)

10. Southern Illinois Salukis

(0-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 7
Week 1 Result: 64-29 loss at then-No. 16 UIW
Next Game: Southeast Missouri (Sept. 10)

11. Rhode Island Rams

(1-0, 1-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 14
Week 1 Result: 35-14 win at Stony Brook
Next Game: at Bryant (Sept. 10)

12. Weber State Wildcats

(1-0, 0-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 13
Week 1 Result: 41-5 win over Western Oregon
Next Game: at Utah State (Sept. 10)

13. Delaware Blue Hens

(1-0, 0-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 20
Week 1 Result: 14-7 win at Navy
Next Game: Delaware State (Sept. 10)

14. Eastern Washington Eagles

(1-0, 0-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 15
Week 1 Result: 36-29 win over Tennessee State
Next Game: at Oregon (Sept. 10)

15. Holy Cross Crusaders

(1-0, 0-0 Patriot)
Previous Ranking: 11
Week 1 Result: 31-17 at Merrimack
Next Game: at Buffalo (Sept. 10)

16. ETSU Buccaneers

(1-0, 0-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 18
Week 1 Result: 44-7 win over Mars Hill
Next Game: at The Citadel (Sept. 10)

17. William & Mary Tribe

(1-0, 0-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 23
Week 1 Result: 41-24 win at Charlotte
Next Game: Campbell (Sept. 10)

18. Mercer Bears

(1-1, 0-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 17
Week 0 and 1 Results: 63-13 win over Morehead State and 42-16
loss at Auburn
Next Game: The Citadel (Sept. 17)

19. UT Martin Skyhawks

(1-0, 0-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: N/A
Week 1 Result: 42-25 win over Western Illinois
Next Game: at Missouri State (Sept. 8)

20. Jackson State Tigers

(1-0, 1-0 SWAC)
Previous Ranking: 22
Week 1 Result: 59-3 win over Florida A&M
Next Game: Tennessee State in Memphis, Tenn. (Sept. 10)

21. Kennesaw State Owls

(0-1, 0-1 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: 9
Week 1 Result: 27-17 loss at Samford
Next Game: at Cincinnati (Sept. 10)

22. Northern Iowa Panthers

(0-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 21
Week 1 Result: 48-17 loss at Air Force
Next Game: at North Dakota (Sept. 10)

23. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

(1-1, 1-0 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: 10
Week 0 and 1 Results: 42-17 loss to Jacksonville State and 31-27
win at Alcorn State
Next Game: at Louisiana Tech (Sept. 10)

24. Eastern Kentucky Colonels

(0-1, 0-0 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: 24
Week 1 Result: 42-34 loss at Eastern Michigan
Next Game: at Bowling Green (Sept. 10)

25. Southeastern Louisiana Lions

(0-1, 0-0 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 19
Week 1 Result: 24-7 loss at Louisiana
Next Game: at Florida Atlantic (Sept. 10)

— Written by Craig Haley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Haley has covered the FCS level since 1999 and is the national writer for www.TheAnalyst.com. He appears frequently on radio, TV and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.