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FCS Football: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 5

Eastern Washington Eagles Football

With important conference games delivering, the action was red (turf) hot as Eastern Washington defeated Montana 34-28 in Big Sky play

Hopefully, there were sunny skies and comfortable temperatures where you were on Saturday because early October felt like late November across FCS college football.

Most of the best games of the week delivered on their promise, led by Eastern Washington’s win over Montana.

Or perhaps insert another game in the lead role. The action was that good, particularly in conference matchups.

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

1. James Madison
(4-0, 2-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 1
Week 5 Result: 23-21 win at New Hampshire
Next Game: Oct. 9 vs. No. 11 Villanova

2. South Dakota State
(4-0, 1-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 2
Week 5 Result: 55-7 win over Dixie State
Next Game: Oct. 9 vs. No. 8 Southern Illinois

3. North Dakota State
(4-0, 1-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 3
Week 5 Result: 16-10 win at North Dakota
Next Game: Oct. 9 vs. No. 12 Northern Iowa

4. Sam Houston
(4-0, 2-0 AQ7)
Previous Ranking: 4
Week 5 Result: 21-20 win over Stephen F. Austin
Next Game: Oct. 9 vs. Lamar

Team of the Week

5. Eastern Washington
(5-0, 2-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 10
Week 5 Result: 34-28 win over Montana

The Eagles matched their best start since 1984 by protecting their red home turf for the 19th straight time. They scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and Eric Barriere surpassed 400 passing yards (422) for the eighth time in his career.

Next Game: Oct. 9 at Northern Colorado

6. Montana State
(4-1, 2-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 6
Week 5 Result: 40-7 win over Northern Colorado
Next Game: Oct. 9 vs. Cal Poly

7. Montana
(3-1, 1-1 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 5
Week 5 Result: 34-28 loss at Eastern Washington
Next Game: Oct. 9 vs. Dixie State

8. Southern Illinois
(4-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 7
Week 5 Result: 31-30 win at Western Illinois
Next Game: Oct. 9 at No. 2 South Dakota State

9. Delaware
(3-1, 2-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 9
Week 5 Result: 20-15 win over UAlbany
Next Game: Oct. 9 at No. 19 Rhode Island

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10. UC Davis
(5-0, 2-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 8
Week 5 Result: 27-20 win over Idaho
Next Game: Oct. 9 at Idaho State

11. Villanova
(3-1, 1-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 11
Week 5 Result: Open weekend
Next Game: Oct. 9 at No. 1 James Madison

12. Northern Iowa
(3-1, 1-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 13
Week 5 Result: 34-7 win over Youngstown State
Next Game: Oct. 9 at No. 3 North Dakota State

13. North Dakota
(2-2, 0-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 12
Week 5 Result: 16-10 loss to North Dakota State
Next Game: Oct. 9 at South Dakota

14. Missouri State
(3-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 14
Week 5 Result: 41-20 win at Illinois State
Next Game: Oct. 9 at Youngstown State

15. ETSU
(5-0, 2-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 16
Week 5 Result: 27-21 win over Wofford
Next Game: Oct. 9 vs. The Citadel

16. Weber State
(2-3, 1-1 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 17
Week 5 Result: 38-7 win at Cal Poly
Next Game: Oct. 15 vs. No. 6 Montana State

17. Kennesaw State
(3-1, 0-0 Big South)
Previous Ranking: 18
Week 5 Result: 31-6 win over Jacksonville State
Next Game: Oct. 9 at Hampton

18. Southeastern Louisiana
(3-1, 1-0 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 16
Week 5 Result: 38-35 win at McNeese
Next Game: Oct. 9 at No. 23 Nicholls

19. Rhode Island
(4-0, 2-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 21
Week 5 Result: 27-20 OT win over Stony Brook
Next Game: Oct. 9 vs. No. 9 Delaware

20. UT Martin
(3-1, 0-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 20
Week 5 Result: Open week
Next Game: Oct. 9 vs. Murray State

21. UIW
(3-2, 2-0 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 24
Week 5 Result: 38-27 win at Northwestern State
Next Game: Oct. 16 vs. No. 23 Nicholls

22. New Hampshire
(3-2, 2-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 25
Week 5 Result: 23-21 loss to James Madison
Next Game: Oct. 16 vs. Dartmouth

23. Nicholls
(2-2, 1-0 Southland)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 5 Result: 48-17 win over Houston Baptist
Next Game: Oct. 9 vs. No. 18 Southeastern Louisiana

24. Princeton
(3-0, 1-0 Ivy)
Previous Ranking: 23
Week 5 Result: 24-7 win over Columbia
Next Game: Oct. 9 at Monmouth

25. Jacksonville State
(2-3, 0-0 AQ7)
Previous Ranking: 22
Week 5 Result: 31-6 loss at Kennesaw State
Next Game: Oct. 9 vs. Stephen F. Austin

— 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.