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FCS Football: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 3

Despite loss, North Dakota State holds at No. 1; Furman is Team of the Week.
Joshua Harris, Furman Paladins Football

Furman wide receiver Joshua Harris caught eight passes in the Paladins' 27-14 win at ETSU in the Southern Conference.

The top three spots in the Athlon FCS Top 25 Power Poll have gone unchanged this season.

Change isn’t even warranted after top-ranked North Dakota State’s 31-28 loss at Arizona – the performance was impressive.

And, oh yes, the Bison are the defending national champions, a winner of nine titles since 2011, and had been on an FCS-record six-game winning streak against FBS competition.

But there’s starting to be change – shake up, if you will – from No. 4 on down. Included is the first appearance in the rankings by Furman, the Team of the Week.

Here’s the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 3 games:

1. North Dakota State Bison

(2-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 1
Week 3 Result: 31-28 loss at Arizona
Next Game: at South Dakota (Sept. 24)

2. South Dakota State Jackrabbits

(2-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 2
Week 3 Result: 45-17 win over Butler
Next Game: at Missouri State (Sept. 24)

3. Montana Grizzlies

(3-0, 0-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 3
Week 3 Result: 49-14 win at Indiana State
Next Game: Portland State (Sept. 24)

4. UIW Cardinals

(3-0, 0-0 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 6
Week 3 Result: 31-14 win at Prairie View A&M
Next Game: at Southeastern Louisiana (Sept. 24)

5. Missouri State Bears

(2-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 5
Week 3 Result: 38-27 loss at Arkansas
Next Game: South Dakota State (Sept. 24)

6. Sacramento State Hornets

(2-0, 0-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 8
Week 3 Result: 37-21 win at Northern Iowa
Next Game: at Colorado State

7. Montana State Bobcats

(2-1, 0-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 4
Week 3 Result: 68-28 loss at Oregon State
Next Game: at Eastern Washington (Sept. 24)

8. Delaware Blue Hens

(3-0, 1-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 12
Week 3 Result: 42-21 win at Rhode Island
Next Game: Hampton (Sept. 24)

9. Chattanooga Mocs

(3-0, 1-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 9
Week 3 Result: 41-14 win over North Alabama
Next Game: at Illinois (Sept. 24)

10. Weber State Wildcats

(3-0, 0-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 10
Week 3 Result: 44-14 win over Utah Tech
Next Game: at UC Davis (Sept. 24)

11. Holy Cross Crusaders

(3-0, 0-0 Patriot)
Previous Ranking: 13
Week 3 Result: 38-14 win over Yale
Next Game: at Colgate (Sept. 24)

12. Villanova Wildcats

(2-1, 0-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 7
Week 3 Result: 49-10 loss at Army
Next Game: Monmouth (Sept. 24)

13. William & Mary Tribe

(3-0, 0-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 14
Week 3 Result: 34-7 win at Lafayette
Next Game: Elon (Sept. 24)

14. Jackson State Tigers

(3-0, 1-0 SWAC)
Previous Ranking: 15
Week 3 Result: 66-24 win over Grambling State
Next Game: Mississippi Valley State (Sept. 24)

15. Eastern Washington Eagles

(1-1, 0-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 16
Week 3 Result: No game
Next Game: Montana State (Sept. 24)

16. Mercer Bears

(2-1, 1-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 18
Week 3 Result: 17-0 win over The Citadel
Next Game: Gardner-Webb (Sept. 24)

17. North Dakota Fighting Hawks

(2-1, 1-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 20
Week 3 Result: 27-24 win at Northern Arizona
Next Game: at Southern Illinois (Sept. 24)

18. Southeast Missouri Redhawks

(2-1, 0-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 3 Result: 42-16 win over Nicholls
Next Game: Central Arkansas (Sept. 24)

19. Southern Illinois Salukis

(1-2, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 3 Result: 31-24 win at Northwestern
Next Game: North Dakota (Sept. 24)

20. Eastern Kentucky Colonels

(2-1, 2-0 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: 21
Week 3 Result: 40-17 win over Charleston Southern
Next Game: at Austin Peay (Sept. 24)

21. UT Martin Skyhawks

(1-2, 0-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 17
Week 3 Result: 30-7 loss at Boise State
Next Game: Lindenwood (Sept. 24)

Team of the Week

22. Furman Paladins

(2-1, 1-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 3 Result: 27-14 win at ETSU

Quarterback Tyler Huff accounted for 316 yards of total offense and passed for two touchdowns, while the Paladins forced defending SoCon champ ETSU into four turnovers.

Next Game: at Charleston Southern (Sept. 24)

23. Rhode Island Rams

(2-1, 1-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 11
Week 3 Result: 42-21 loss to Delaware
Next Game: at Pittsburgh (Sept. 24)

24. UC Davis Aggies

(1-2, 0-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 25
Week 3 Result: 43-13 win over San Diego
Next Game: Weber State (Sept. 24)

25. Kennesaw State Owls

(0-2, 0-1 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: 24
Week 3 Result: No game
Next Game: Wofford (Sept. 24)

Others: Elon (2-1, 0-0 CAA), Stephen F. Austin (1-2, 1-0 ASUN-WAC)

— 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.