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FCS Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 5

FCS Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 5

FCS Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 5

It wouldn't be an FCS season if there weren't weeks like this past one, where upsets and surprising blowouts have caused revamping in the Athlon Power Poll.

Montana was the biggest mover following a 45-20 rout of then-No. 4 UC Davis. James Madison, Weber State, and Villanova also thoroughly handled Top 25 opponents.

Here’s the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 5 games:

1. North Dakota State

(4-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 1

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: Scary thought for the opposition: NDSU's quarterback (Trey Lance), No. 2 and 3 rushers (Lance and Kobe Johnson) and top four in receiving yards (led by Phoenix Sproles and Sproles) are freshmen or sophomores.

Next Game: at Illinois State (Oct. 5)

2. James Madison

(4-1, 1-0 CAA)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 2

Last Week’s Result: 45-10 win over Elon

Notable: Jawon Hamilton (81 yards, TD), Latrele Parker (78 yards, 2 TDs) and Solomon Vanhorse (63 yards, 2 TDs) led the Dukes' 336-yard assault. Oh yeah, the big uglies looked pretty good, too.

Next Game: at Stony Brook (Oct. 5)

3. South Dakota State

(3-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 3

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: Senior linebacker Christian Rozeboom is seven tackles shy of 400 in his career. He ranks No. 1 among active FCS players.

Next Game: Southern Illinois (Oct. 5)

4. Weber State

(2-2, 0-0 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 5

Last Week’s Result: 29-17 win over Northern Iowa

Notable: The Wildcats built a 27-3 first-half lead and coasted to the win, which allowed the Big Sky to trim its final deficit to 6-4 in its challenge series with the MVFC. Kaden Jenks got the start and threw for two touchdowns.

Next Game: at Idaho (Oct. 5)

5. Montana State

(4-1, 1-0 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 7

Last Week’s Result: 49-31 win over Northern Arizona

Notable: The Bobcats overcame a 21-0 second-quarter deficit with six rushing touchdowns Travis Jonsen and Shane Perry both had a pair of scores.

Next Game: at Cal Poly (Oct. 5)

6. Villanova

(5-0, 2-0 CAA)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 10

Last Week’s Result: 33-17 win over Maine

Notable: QB Daniel Smith accounted for three more touchdowns to give him 20 this season. Included was a 77-yard scoring pass to Changa Hodge.

Next Game: at William & Mary (Oct. 5)

7. Furman

(3-2, 2-0 Southern)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 9

Last Week’s Result: ETSU

Notable: In a matchup of two of last year's three SoCon champs, the Paladins broke a 10-10 tie on Devin Wynn 1-yard TD run to open the fourth quarter and held on for the win.

Next Game: at Samford (Oct. 5)

8. Illinois State

(3-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 8

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: The Redbirds have racked up 20 sacks, five more than all of last season. Defensive end Romeo McKnight leads the way with five.

Next Game: North Dakota State (Oct. 5)

9. Montana

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(4-1, 1-0 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 17

Last Week’s Result: 45-20 win over UC Davis

Notable: QB Dalton Sneed accounted for 349 yards of total offense and threw for five touchdowns in the biggest win of head coach Bobby Hauck's second stint with the Griz.

Next Game: Idaho State (Oct. 5)

10. UC Davis

(2-3, 0-0 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 4

Last Week’s Result: 45-20 loss to Montana

Notable: The Aggies struggled one week after a strong effort against North Dakota State. Khris Vaughn caught two of Jake Maier's three TD passes.

Next Game: at North Dakota (Oct. 5)

11. Northern Iowa

(2-2, 0-0 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 6

Last Week’s Result: 29-17 loss to Weber State

Notable: UNI outgained Weber State by 99 yards, but two first-half turnovers delivered 10 points to the Wildcats. QB Will McEvain threw touchdowns to Isaiah Weston and Jaylin James.

Next Game: Youngstown State (Oct. 5)

12. Central Arkansas

(3-1, 1-0 Southland)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 13

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: Two goals for the conference schedule: Improve the rushing attack (61.3 ypg) and pass rush (three sacks).

Next Game: at Nicholls (Oct. 5)

13. Towson

(3-2, 1-1 CAA)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 11

Last Week’s Result: 38-0 loss to Florida

Notable: The Tigers suffered their first shutout loss since falling 54-0 to West Virginia on Sept. 6, 2014. All-America QB Tom Flacco was limited to 172 yards of total offense and he threw two interceptions.

Next Game: Albany (Oct. 12)

14. Kennesaw State

(4-1, 0-0 Big South)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 14

Last Week’s Result: 31-7 win over Reinhardt

Notable: Isaac Foster rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns in a game shortened by inclement weather with 5:35 left in the third quarter.

Next Game: Charleston Southern (Oct. 12)

15. Southeastern Louisiana

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(3-1, 1-0 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: 15

Last Week’s Result: 44-27 win over Northwestern State

Notable: Familiar story: Starting QB Chason Virgil went over 300 yards passing with a touchdown pass, while Cole Kelley came off the bench to throw for a score, something he's done against all three FCS opponents.

Next Game: McNeese (Oct. 5)

16. North Carolina A&T

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(3-1, 1-0 MEAC)

Last Week’s Ranking: 19

Last Week’s Result: 37-0 win over Delaware State

Notable: The Aggies held their first MEAC opponent to 23 net rushing yards on 29 carries. They're allowing only 75 rushing yards per game.

Next Game: at Norfolk State (Oct. 5)

17. Youngstown State

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(4-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 20

Last Week’s Result: 45-10 win over Robert Morris

Notable: QB Nathan Mays rushed for two touchdowns and passed for one. All of the Penguins' four non-conference wins were by at least 20 points.

Next Game: at Northern Iowa (Oct. 5)

18. Maine

(2-3, 0-2 CAA)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 12

Last Week’s Result: 33-17 loss to Villanova

Notable: The defending CAA champ has a long way back after its second conference loss. Earnest Edwards had 251 all-purpose yards and a touchdown, while Jaquan Blair caught 12 passes for 120 yards.

Next Game: Richmond (Oct. 12)

19. Eastern Washington

(2-3, 1-0 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 35-20 win over North Dakota

Notable: Snow fell throughout the Eagles' 1,000th all-time game as they relied on the run game with Antoine Custer Jr. (28 carries, 134 yards, 3 TDs) and Silas Perreiah (23-126-1). The Eagles had six takeaways.

Next Game: at Sacramento State (Oct. 5)

20. Nicholls

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(2-2, 0-0 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: 18

Last Week’s Result: 24-3 loss to Texas State

Notable: Tied 3-3 at halftime, the defending Southland co-champ struggled in the second half against Texas State and former Montana QB Gresch Jensen.

Next Game: Central Arkansas (Oct. 5)

21. Princeton

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(2-0, 0-0 Ivy)

Last Week’s Ranking: 24

Last Week’s Result: 56-23 win over Bucknell

Notable: It took 150 years of football, but Princeton finally had a quarterback, Kevin Davidson, throw for seven touchdown passes in a game. Davidson was a nifty 29-for-37 for 381 yards, throwing four of the scores to Andrew Griffin.

Next Game: Columbia (Oct. 5)

22. Delaware

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(3-2, 1-0 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 25

Last Week’s Result: 17-14 loss to Pittsburgh

Notable: Blue Hens head coach Danny Rocco's squad moves up in the power poll after a strong performance in the Steel City. Kedrick Whitehead (13) and Drew Nickles (12) hit double figures in tackles.

Next Game: at Elon (Oct. 12)

23. Southeast Missouri

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(2-2, 0-0 Ohio Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 23

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: The Redbirds have done well to replace 2018 OVC offensive player of the year Marquis Terry, averaging nearly 285 rushing yards with 12 rushing TDs against their first three FCS opponents.

Next Game: Tennessee Tech (Oct. 5)

24. Jacksonville State

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(3-2, 0-1 Ohio Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 16

Last Week’s Result: 52-33 loss to Austin Peay

Notable: The final score doesn't reflect how much Austin Peay dominated the five-time defending OVC champ because it was 45-7 late in the third quarter. Zerrick Cooper accounted for four touchdowns, but also threw three first-half interceptions.

Next Game: Tennessee State (Oct. 5)

25. Stony Brook

(4-1, 1-0 CAA)

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Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 31-27 win over Rhode Island

Notable: Quarterback Tyquell Fields’ 50-yard TD run with 11 seconds left lifted Stony Brook to a thrilling win. Ready to put the Seawolves’ new ranking to the test? Check out who they play next.

Next Game: James Madison (Oct. 5)

Also Considered: Dartmouth (2-0, 0-0 Ivy), Sacramento State (2-2, 0-0 Big Sky); and Sam Houston State (3-2, 2-0 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.fcs.football. He appears frequently on radio shows and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.

(Photo courtesy of Robert Casey/Weber State Athletics)