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FCS Football: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 4

Team of the Week Southeastern Louisiana part of a deep pool of impressive squads.
C.J. Turner, Southeastern Louisiana Lions Football

C.J. Turner celebrates his game-winning touchdown catch as Southeastern Louisiana knocked off previously undefeated UIW 41-35 on Saturday.

There's a battle near the bottom of the Athlon Sports FCS Top 25 Power Poll as much as at the top.

The worthy candidates are so strong after a terrific Week 4 of matchups that Furman, last week’s "Team of the Week," dropped outside the rankings despite posting a win, and Stephen F. Austin couldn’t land a spot even after nearly hitting 100 points in a game (98-0 over Warner).

The top three teams – North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Montana – remained unchanged since the preseason. Southeastern Louisiana earned "Team of the Week" honors.

Here’s the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 4 games:

1. North Dakota State Bison

(3-1, 1-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 1
Week 4 Result: 34-17 win at South Dakota
Next Game: Youngstown State (Oct. 1)

2. South Dakota State Jackrabbits

(3-1, 1-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 2
Week 4 Result: 28-14 win at Missouri State
Next Game: Western Illinois (Oct. 1)

3. Montana Grizzlies

(4-0, 1-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 3
Week 4 Result: 53-16 win over Portland State
Next Game: at Idaho State (Oct. 1)

4. Sacramento State Hornets

(3-0, 0-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 6
Week 4 Result: 41-10 win at Colorado State
Next Game: at Cal Poly (Oct. 1)

5. Montana State Bobcats

(3-1, 1-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 7
Week 4 Result: 38-35 win at Eastern Washington
Next Game: UC Davis (Oct. 1)

6. Delaware Blue Hens

(4-0, 2-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 8
Week 4 Result: 35-3 win over Hampton
Next Game: Towson (Oct. 1)

7. Weber State Wildcats

(4-0, 1-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 10
Week 4 Result: 17-12 win at UC Davis
Next Game: Eastern Washington (Oct. 8)

8. Missouri State Bears

(2-2, 0-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 5
Week 4 Result: 28-14 loss to South Dakota State
Next Game: at North Dakota (Oct. 1)

9. UIW Cardinals

(3-1, 0-1 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 4
Week 4 Result: 41-35 loss at Southeastern Louisiana
Next Game: McNeese (Oct. 1)

10. Holy Cross Crusaders

(4-0, 1-0 Patriot)
Previous Ranking: 11
Week 4 Result: 35-10 win at Colgate
Next Game: at Harvard (Oct. 1)

11. Jackson State Tigers

(4-0, 2-0 SWAC)
Previous Ranking: 14
Week 4 Result: 49-7 win over Mississippi Valley State
Next Game: at Alabama State (Oct. 8)

12. Chattanooga Mocs

(3-1, 1-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 9
Week 4 Result: 31-0 loss at Illinois
Next Game: at ETSU (Oct. 1)

13. Southeast Missouri Redhawks

(3-1, 0-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 18
Week 4 Result: 35-27 win over Central Arkansas
Next Game: at Lindenwood (Oct. 1)

14. Southern Illinois Salukis

(2-2, 1-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 19
Week 4 Result: 34-17 win over North Dakota
Next Game: at Illinois State (Oct. 1)

15. Mercer Bears

(3-1, 1-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 16
Week 4 Result: 45-14 win at Gardner-Webb
Next Game: at Wofford (Oct. 1)

16. Elon Phoenix

(3-1, 1-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 4 Result: 35-31 win at William & Mary
Next Game: Richmond (Oct. 1)

17. Eastern Washington Eagles

(1-2, 0-1 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 15
Week 4 Result: 38-35 loss to Montana State
Next Game: at Florida (Oct. 1)

18. Samford Bulldogs

(3-1, 1-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 4 Result: 35-12 win over Western Carolina
Next Game: at Furman (Oct. 1)

19. William & Mary Tribe

(3-1, 0-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 13
Week 4 Result: 35-31 loss to Elon
Next Game: at Stony Brook (Oct. 1)

20. Richmond Spiders

(3-1, 1-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 4 Result: 51-7 win over Stony Brook
Next Game: at Elon (Oct. 1)

21. UT Martin Skyhawks

(2-2, 1-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 21
Week 4 Result: 56-26 win over Lindenwood
Next Game: Tennessee Tech (Oct. 1)

Team of the Week

22. Southeastern Louisiana

(2-2, 1-0 Southland)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 4 Result: 41-35 win over UIW

Southeastern stunned the defending Southland champion on Eli Sawyer’s 59-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver C.J. Turner on the final play of the game, breaking a 35-35 tie. After scoring just 16 points in two FBS losses, the Lions have 111 in consecutive wins.

Next Game: Murray State (Oct. 1)

23. Austin Peay Governors

(4-1, 4-0 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 4 Result: 31-20 win over Eastern Kentucky
Next Game: at Central Arkansas (Oct. 1)

24. Villanova Wildcats

(2-2, 0-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 12
Week 4 Result: 49-42 loss to Monmouth
Next Game: at Maine (Oct. 1)

25. Eastern Kentucky Colonels

(2-2, 2-1 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: 20
Week 4 Result: 31-20 loss at Austin Peay
Next Game: Southern Utah (Oct. 1)

On the Cusp: Furman (3-1, 1-0 Southern); Stephen F. Austin (2-2, 1-0 ASUN-WAC); UC Davis (1-3, 0-1 Big Sky)

— 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 has a weekly guest segment on “FCS All-In” and appears frequently on radio, TV and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.