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FCS Football: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 10

South Dakota State Jackrabbits Football

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits celebrate after beating rival North Dakota State for the fourth time since 2016.

The month is only one week old, but it’s already a November to remember in FCS college football.

Nine teams in the Athlon Sports Power Poll, including five in the top 10 rankings, lost in one of the more memorable weeks of important and wild conference action.

Yeah, whew!

Here’s the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 10 games:

1. Sam Houston
(8-0, 4-0 AQ7)
Previous Ranking: 1
Week 10 Result: 59-10 win over Dixie State
Next Game: Nov. 13 vs. Eastern Kentucky

2. James Madison
(8-1, 6-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 3
Week 10 Result: 51-14 win over Campbell
Next Game: Nov. 13 at William & Mary

3. Montana State
(8-1, 6-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 4
Week 10 Result: 23-20 win at Eastern Washington
Next Game: Nov. 13 vs. Idaho

4. South Dakota State
(7-2, 4-2 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 8
Week 10 Result: 27-19 win over North Dakota State
Next Game: Nov. 13 at No. 18 South Dakota

5. North Dakota State
(8-1, 5-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 2
Week 10 Result: 27-19 loss at South Dakota State
Next Game: Nov. 13 at Youngstown State

6. UC Davis
(8-1, 5-1 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 10
Week 10 Result: 40-21 win at Northern Arizona
Next Game: Nov. 13 vs. No. 8 Eastern Washington

7. Villanova
(7-2, 5-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 14
Week 10 Result: 35-0 win at Elon
Next Game: Nov. 13 vs. Stony Brook

8. Eastern Washington
(7-2, 4-2 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 5
Week 10 Result: 23-20 loss to Montana State
Next Game: Nov. 13 at No. 6 UC Davis

9. ETSU
(8-1, 5-1 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 15
Week 10 Result: 27-20 win over VMI
Next Game: Nov. 13 at Western Carolina

10. Sacramento State
(7-2, 6-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 12
Week 10 Result: 41-9 win over Cal Poly
Next Game: Nov. 13 vs. Portland State

11. Kennesaw State
(8-1, 4-0 Big South)
Previous Ranking: 11
Week 10 Result: 45-21 win at Robert Morris
Next Game: Nov. 13 at North Alabama

12. Montana
(7-2, 4-2 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 13
Week 10 Result: 35-0 win at Northern Colorado
Next Game: Nov. 13 at Northern Arizona

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13. Missouri State
(6-3, 4-2 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 17
Week 10 Result: 38-28 win at Southern Illinois
Next Game: Nov. 13 vs. No. 20 Northern Iowa

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14. UT Martin
(8-1, 4-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 18
Week 10 Result: 41-20 win over Tennessee State

The OVC’s first-place squad earned its eighth straight win to tie for the longest winning streak in program history. Quarterback Keon Howard accounted for three touchdowns, Zak Wallace rushed for 123 yards and two scores, and linebacker John Ford had a game-high 12 tackles with a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Next Game: Nov. 13 at Tennessee Tech

15. Southern Illinois
(6-3, 4-2 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 7
Week 10 Result: 38-28 loss to Missouri State
Next Game: Nov. 13 at Indiana State

16. Southeastern Louisiana
(7-2, 5-1 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 9
Week 10 Result: 55-52 loss at UIW
Next Game: Nov. 13 vs. Northwestern State

17. UIW
(7-2, 5-1 Southland)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 10 Result: 55-52 win over Southeastern Louisiana
Next Game: Nov. 13 at Nicholls

18. South Dakota
(6-3, 4-2 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 23
Week 10 Result: 42-21 win at Western Illinois
Next Game: Nov. 13 vs. No. 4 South Dakota State

19. Chattanooga
(6-3, 5-1 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 22
Week 10 Result: 35-10 win at Wofford
Next Game: Nov. 13 at Mercer

20. Northern Iowa
(5-4, 3-3 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 6
Week 10 Result: 17-10 OT loss at Illinois State
Next Game: Nov. 13 at No. 13 Missouri State

21. Delaware
(5-4, 3-3 CAA)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 10 Result: 24-3 win over William & Mary
Next Game: Nov. 13 at Richmond

22. Jackson State
(8-1, 6-0 SWAC)
Previous Ranking: 25 (tie)
Week 10 Result: 41-21 win over Texas Southern
Next Game: Nov. 13 at Southern

23. Dartmouth
(7-1, 4-1 Ivy)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 10 Result: 31-7 win over Princeton
Next Game: Nov. 13 vs. Cornell

24. VMI
(6-3, 4-2 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 20
Week 10 Result: 27-20 loss at ETSU
Next Game: Nov. 13 at Furman

25. Rhode Island
(6-3, 3-3 CAA)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 10 Result: 35-22 win at UMass
Next Game: Nov. 13 vs. New Hampshire

Others: Holy Cross (7-2, 4-0 Patriot); Mercer (6-2, 5-1 Southern); Monmouth (6-3, 5-0 Big South); Nicholls (5-4, 4-2 Southland)

— 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.