FCS Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 2

Rankings mostly hold to form for a change

There isn't a lot of change in the Athlon FCS Power Poll this week, which is exactly how we like it.

 

It shows we were right all along.

 

All right, that's rarely the case, but we need to milk it when we can. The FCS doesn't usually go to form.

 

Here's the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 2 games:

 

1. North Dakota State

(2-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 1

Last Week’s Result: 38-7 win over North Dakota

Notable: Hidden secret in plain sight: Five of quarterback Trey Lance's six touchdown passes this season have gone to tight ends (Josh Babicz, Noah Gindorff and Ben Ellefson).

Next Game: at No. 22 Delaware (Sept. 14)

 

2. James Madison

(1-1, 0-0 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 2

Last Week’s Result: 44-7 win over Saint Francis

Notable: Redshirt freshman Solomon Vanhorse rushed for two touchdowns and QB Ben DiNucci threw for a pair in the home opener.

Next Game: Morgan State (Sept. 14)

 

3. South Dakota State

(1-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 3

Last Week’s Result: 38-3 win over Long Island

Notable: The Jackrabbits outclassed an LIU team that was playing its inaugural FCS game. QB Kanin Nelson collected a TD run and pass and All-America linebacker Christian Rozeman had an interception.

Next Game: Drake (Sept. 14)

 

4. Eastern Washington

(1-1, 0-0 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 4

Last Week’s Result: 59-31 win over Lindenwood

Notable: Just a typical Saturday on the red turf: Eric Barriere totaled 556 yards and six touchdowns, while Dre' Sonte Dorton broke Cooper Kupp's school record with 289 receiving yards.

Next Game: at No. 21 Jacksonville State (Sept. 14)

 

5. Maine

(1-1, 0-0 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 5

Last Week’s Result: 26-18 loss to Georgia Southern

Notable: Georgia Southern had seven fumbles, but the Black Bears recovered only one of them. They next jump into CAA action with a top-10 matchup.

Next Game: No. 8 Towson (Sept. 14)

 

6. UC Davis

(1-1, 0-0 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 6

Last Week’s Result: 38-35 win over San Diego

Notable: The most thrilling ending of the FCS weekend occurred when cornerback Devon King dislodged the ball from San Diego running back Emilio Martinez as he tried to extend it over the Aggies' goal line, and it rolled out of bounds for a touchback with 2 seconds remaining.

Next Game: Lehigh (Sept. 14)

 

7. Weber State

(1-1, 0-0 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 7

Last Week’s Result: 41-24 win over Cal Poly

Notable: Josh Davis (14-129-2) and Kevin Smith (13-114) gave Weber State a pair of 100-yard rushers as it controlled more than 35 minutes of game clock.

Next Game: at Nevada (Sept. 14)

 

8. Towson

(2-0, 0-0 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 8

Last Week’s Result: 42-3 win over North Carolina Central

Notable: QB Tom Flacco accounted for four TDs and Keon Paye scored on a 38-yard interception return.

Next Game: at No. 5 Maine (Sept. 14)

 

9. Northern Iowa

(1-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 9

Last Week’s Result: 34-14 win over Southern Utah

Notable: New QB Will McElvain continued to impress with touchdown passes to three different receivers.

Next Game: Idaho State (Sept. 21)

 

10. Montana State

(1-1, 0-0 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 10

Last Week’s Result: 38-17 win over then-No. 15 Southeast Missouri

Notable: Troy Andersen rushed for a pair of touchdowns and the Bryce Sterk-led defense had five sacks and an interception.

Next Game: at Western Illinois (Sept. 14)

 

11. Furman

(1-1, 0-0 Southern)

Last Week’s Ranking: 11

Last Week’s Result: 48-42 loss to Georgia State

Notable: The Paladins blew a 20-3 lead, but tied their high for points against an FBS program. Redshirt freshman QB Darren Grainger accounted for 376 yards of total offense and five TDs.

Next Game: at Virginia Tech (Sept. 14)

 

12. Illinois State

(1-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 12

Last Week’s Result: 42-14 win over Morehead State

Notable: The Redbirds were sloppy with four turnovers, but James Robinson (23 carries, 178 yards, 3 TDs) was too much for Morehead State.

Next Game: at Eastern Illinois (Sept. 14)

 

13. Kennesaw State

(1-1, 0-0 Big South)

Last Week’s Ranking: 14

Last Week’s Result: 26-23 OT loss to Kent State

Notable: The Owls impressed in an FBS loss, even showing an aerial side with QB Daniel David (185 passing yards plus 74 rushing with two TDs).

Next Game: at Alabama State (Sept. 14)

 

14. Central Arkansas

(2-0, 0-0 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: 19

Last Week’s Result: 24-16 win over Austin Peay

Notable: Breylin Smith has thrown five of his six TD passes to Lujuan Winningham in the Bears' first 2-0 start since 2010.

Next Game: Abilene Christian (Sept. 14)

 

15. Montana

(2-0, 0-0 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 17

Last Week’s Result: 61-17 win over North Alabama

Notable: After trailing 17-16 at halftime, the Griz scored 45 straight points. Marcus Knight finished with three TD runs and Jerry Louie-McGhee had a 74-yard punt return for a score.

Next Game: at Oregon (Sept. 14)

 

16. Nicholls

(0-1, 0-0 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: 16

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: The Colonels ranked only 47th in the FCS in third-down defense last season and Kansas State converted 10 of 12 attempts in Week 1.

Next Game: at Prairie View A&M (Sept. 14)

 

17. Southeast Missouri

(1-1, 0-0 Ohio Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 15

Last Week’s Result: 38-17 loss to No. 10 Montana State

Notable: The Redhawks have lost 14 of their last 15 road games against nationally ranked FCS opponents. Kendrick Tiller ended the first half with a 55-yard field goal.

Next Game: at Missouri (Sept. 14)

 

18. Villanova

(2-0, 0-0 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 18

Last Week’s Result: 38-10 win over Lehigh

Notable: In two wins, grad transfer Daniel Smith has thrown touchdowns to six different receivers.

Next Game: at Bucknell (Sept. 14)

 

19. Southeastern Louisiana

(1-0, 0-0 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: 21

Last Week’s Result: Canceled at Bethune-Cookman

Notable: After the Lions’ second game was canceled by Hurricane Dorian, they’ll go after their first FBS win since 1980.

Next Game: at Ole Miss (Sept. 14)

 

20. North Carolina A&T

(1-1, 0-0 MEAC)

Last Week’s Ranking: 20

Last Week’s Result: 45-13 loss to Duke

Notable: A&T was more than doubled up in yards (574-249) in failing to beat an FBS opponent for the fourth straight year.

Next Game: at Charleston Southern (Sept. 14)

 

21. Jacksonville State

(1-1, 0-0 Ohio Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 24

Last Week’s Result: 41-20 win over Chattanooga

Notable: QB Zerrick Cooper passed for 344 yards and two touchdowns, adding two more scores on the ground.

Next Game: No. 4 Eastern Washington (Sept. 14)

 

22. Delaware

(2-0, 1-0 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 23

Last Week’s Result: 44-36, 3-OT win over Rhode Island

Notable: The season's first CAA game should remain one of the most memorable with Pat Kehoe throwing for five touchdowns, including a one-yard scoring strike to Will Knight in the third overtime.

Next Game: No. 1 North Dakota State (Sept. 14)

 

23. Elon

(1-1, 0-0 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: N/A

Last Week’s Result: 35-28 win over The Citadel

Notable: Jaylan Thomas (135 yards, 2 TDs rushing) helped Elon get back on track after a close loss to North Carolina A&T.

Next Game: at Richmond (Sept. 14)

 

24. Sam Houston State

(1-1, 0-0 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: N/A

Last Week’s Result: 77-0 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State

Notable: Regardless of the opponent, it's still impressive that the preseason No. 20 squad scored 42 points in the first quarter. Texas transfer Toneil Carter rushed for 106 yards and three TDs.

Next Game: at North Dakota (Sept. 14)

 

25. Wofford

(0-1, 0-0 Southern)

Last Week’s Ranking: 25

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: The Terriers and Samford (0-2) both had an open week to regroup before their Southern Conference opener.

Next Game: Samford (Sept. 14)

 

— 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.

 

(Photo courtesy of Mark Campbell/Delaware Athletics)

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