FCS Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 11

This time, there are too many deserving teams

In the Athlon FCS Power Poll, 25 is the new 20, 30 is the new 25 and so on.


So often from one wacky week to the next in the subdivison, the lower teams in the power poll find a way to fall out, but this week, there are too many teams deserving of the rankings. If 20 played 30, it would be a tossup.


Here's the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 11 games:


1. North Dakota State

(10-0, 6-0 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 1

Last Week’s Result: 57-21 win over Western Illinois

Notable: The Bison set their Division I record for yards in a game (688 — 350 rushing, 338 passing) in their 31st straight win — two shy of their FCS-record 33 in a row from 2012-14. Tight end Josh Babicz’s 88-yard TD reception highlighted the win.

Next Game: South Dakota (Nov. 16)


2. James Madison

(9-1, 6-0 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 2

Last Week’s Result: 54-16 win over New Hampshire

Notable: Percy Agyei-Obese had 21 carries for 130 yards and three touchdowns as the Dukes clinched at least a share of their fourth CAA title in the last five seasons.

Next Game: Richmond (Nov. 16)


3. Weber State

(8-2, 6-0 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 3

Last Week’s Result: 30-27 win over North Dakota

Notable: After the Wildcats tied the game 27-27 in the final three minutes, Aaron Sessions recovered a North Dakota fumble on the ensuing kickoff, setting up Trey Tuttle’s game-winning, 32-yard field goal.

Next Game: at Montana (Nov. 16)


4. Sacramento State

(7-3, 5-1 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 5

Last Week’s Result: 38-34 win over Northern Arizona

Notable: Subbing for injured starter Kevin Thomson, Jake Dunniway threw two of his four touchdowns in the final two minutes, with the Hornets recovering an onside kick in between.

Next Game: at Idaho (Nov. 16)


5. Montana

(8-2, 5-1 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 6

Last Week’s Result: 42-17 win over Idaho

Notable: QB Dalton Sneed was productive off the bench after missing two-plus games with an injury, and Marcus Knight and Nick Ostmo combined for five rushing touchdowns.

Next Game: Weber State (Nov. 16)


6. Northern Iowa

(7-3, 5-1 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 8

Last Week’s Result: 17-9 win over Indiana State

Notable: Free safety Christian Jegen led a strong defensive effort with 10 tackles and an interception. UNI is 5-0 at home, having allowed opponents to average only 14 points per game.

Next Game: at South Dakota State (Nov. 16)


7. South Dakota State

(7-3, 4-2 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 4

Last Week’s Result: 27-18 loss to Illinois State

Notable: In the loss, senior linebacker Christian Rozeboom had 14 tackles to become the Jackrabbits’ all-time leader (446) and was credited with a safety on an intentional grounding.

Next Game: Northern Iowa (Nov. 16)


8. Furman

(7-3, 6-1 Southern)

Last Week’s Ranking: 9

Last Week’s Result: 60-21 win over VMI

Notable: Devin Wynn scored five touchdowns and Hamp Sisson collected 316 yards of total offense and threw for two scores.

Next Game: at Wofford (Nov. 16)


9. Dartmouth

(8-0, 5-0 Ivy)

Last Week’s Ranking: 10

Last Week’s Result: 27-10 win over Princeton

Notable: Niko Lalos’ 22-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter sparked the Big Green’s 20th win in their last 21 games since 2017. They’re two wins away from a perfect season.

Next Game: Cornell (Nov. 16)


10. Illinois State

(7-3, 4-2 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 17

Last Week’s Result: 27-18 win over South Dakota State

Notable: James Robinson rushed for 98 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Redbirds held SDSU to 81 rushing yards – its lowest total in the last 17 games.

Next Game: Missouri State (Nov. 16)


11. Montana State

(7-3, 4-2 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 12

Last Week’s Result: 45-14 win over Northern Colorado

Notable: The Bobcats averaged 9.8 yards per carry while gaining 451 on the ground, led by Logan Jones (122 yards, one touchdown).

Next Game: at UC Davis (Nov. 16)


12. Villanova

(7-3, 4-3 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 18

Last Week’s Result: 35-28 win over Richmond

Notable: Dee Wil Barlee (18 carries, 114 yards, TD) and QB Daniel Smith (14-105-2) led a 242-yard ground assault as ‘Nova ended a three-game losing streak.

Next Game: Long Island (Nov. 15)


13. Central Arkansas

(7-3, 5-2 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: 7

Last Week’s Result: 34-0 loss to Southeastern Louisiana

Notable: Do the Bears even review the game tape or just move forward after a puzzling result in which red-hot Breylin Smith threw three interceptions?

Next Game: Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 16)


14. Austin Peay

(7-3, 5-1 Ohio Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 16

Last Week’s Result: 38-24 win over UT Martin

Notable: Kentel Williams rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns. The Governors are tied with Southeast Missouri for first place but own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Next Game: at Murray State (Nov. 16)


15. Southeast Missouri

(7-3, 5-1 Ohio Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 20

Last Week’s Result: 38-31 win over Eastern Kentucky

Notable: The Redhawks scored the final 24 points, capped by Zion Custis’ 12-yard TD run with 37 seconds remaining.

Next Game: at Eastern Illinois (Nov. 16)


16. Sam Houston State

(6-4, 5-2 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: 21

Last Week’s Result: 24-10 win over Abilene Christian

Notable: Ife Adeyi (eight receptions, 197 yards, two TDs) had a career game and the defense forced three turnovers and added 12 tackles for a loss to its FCS-leading total.

Next Game: Northwestern State (Nov. 16)


17. Nicholls

(6-4, 5-2 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: 22

Last Week’s Result: 48-27 win over Houston Baptist

Notable: QB Chase Fourcade accounted for four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) and Julien Gums scored three times on the ground, giving him the Colonels’ single-season record with 14.

Next Game: McNeese (Nov. 16)


18. Towson

(6-4, 3-3 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 31-14 win over Stony Brook

Notable: Tom Flacco passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns and Aidan O’Neill kicked his 60th career field goal to set the CAA record.

Next Game: at William & Mary (Nov. 16)


19. Florida A&M

(8-1, 6-0 MEAC)

Last Week’s Ranking: 19

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: Although ineligible for the MEAC title, the Rattlers are two wins away from going unbeaten against conference foes for the first time since finishing 7-0 in 1996.

Next Game: Howard (Nov. 16)


20. North Dakota

(5-4 Independent)

Last Week’s Ranking: 15

Last Week’s Result: 30-27 loss to Weber State

Notable: The Fighting Hawks let a potential major victory slip away. Nate Ketteringham threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns.

Next Game: Northern Colorado (Nov. 16)


21. Monmouth

(8-2, 4-0 Big South)

Last Week’s Ranking: 23

Last Week’s Result: 49-38 win over North Alabama

Notable: Kenji Bahar threw five touchdown passes to become Monmouth's all-time leader with 62.

Next Game: at Campbell (Nov. 16)


22. New Hampshire

(5-4, 4-2 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 14

Last Week’s Result: 54-16 loss to James Madison

Notable: Redshirt freshman Dylan Laube had 238 all-purpose yards in the lopsided loss to James Madison.

Next Game: at Albany (Nov. 16)


23. The Citadel

(6-4, 4-2 Southern)

Last Week’s Ranking: 24

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: Mad ‘Dawg: Junior linebacker Willie Eubanks III is having a banner season with 9.2 tackles per game, two takeaways, two forced fumbles, and 10 QB hurries.

Next Game: at Chattanooga (Nov. 16)


24. Kennesaw State

(8-2, 3-1 Big South)

Last Week’s Ranking: 25

Last Week’s Result: 38-35 win over Campbell

Notable: For the second time in three games, QB Tommy Bryant came off the bench to record five total TDs (two rushing, three passing).

Next Game: at Hampton (Nov. 16)


25. Southeastern Louisiana

(6-3, 5-2 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 34-0 win over Central Arkansas

Notable: QB Cole Kelley, the Arkansas transfer, has contributed at least one touchdown off the bench in every game, highlighted by five (four rushing, one passing) in the Lions’ first shutout win since 2009.

Next Game: at Abilene Christian (Nov. 16)


Also Considered: Central Connecticut State (9-1, 5-0 Northeast); North Carolina A&T (6-3, 4-2 MEAC); Princeton (7-1, 4-1 Ivy); Southern Illinois (6-4, 4-2 Missouri Valley); Wofford (6-3, 5-1 Southern)


— 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.fcs.football. He appears frequently on radio shows and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.


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