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FCS Football: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 5

MVFC, Big Sky, CAA all place five teams in rankings; Holy Cross is Team of the Week.
Holy Cross Crusaders Football

The unbeaten Holy Cross Crusaders have won four of their first five games on the road.

The big three conferences in FCS college football – the Missouri Valley, Big Sky and CAA – are flexing their muscles once again this season.

They have five teams each in this week’s Athlon FCS Top 25 Power Poll for a whopping 60 percent overall.

While Big Sky power Montana State's win over UC Davis helped highlight Week 5 of the season, Patriot League power Holy Cross earned Athlon Team of the Week honors.

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

1. North Dakota State Bison

(4-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 1
Week 5 Result: 27-14 win over Youngstown State
Next Game: at Indiana State (Oct. 8)

2. South Dakota State Jackrabbits

(4-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 2
Week 5 Result: 34-10 win over Western Illinois
Next Game: South Dakota (Oct. 8)

3. Montana Grizzlies

(5-0, 2-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 3
Week 5 Result: 28-20 win at Idaho State
Next Game: Idaho (Oct. 15)

4. Sacramento State Hornets

(4-0, 1-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 4
Week 5 Result: 49-21 win at Cal Poly
Next Game: Northern Colorado (Oct. 8)

5. Montana State Bobcats

(4-1, 2-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 5
Week 5 Result: 41-24 win over UC Davis
Next Game: Idaho State (Oct. 8)

6. Delaware Blue Hens

(5-0, 3-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 6
Week 5 Result: 24-10 win over Towson
Next Game: at William & Mary (Oct. 8)

7. Weber State Wildcats

(4-0, 1-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 7
Week 5 Result: No game
Next Game: Eastern Washington (Oct. 8)

8. UIW Cardinals

(4-1, 1-1 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 9
Week 5 Result: 48-20 win over McNeese
Next Game: Lamar (Oct. 8)

Team of the Week

9. Holy Cross Crusaders

(5-0, 1-0 Patriot)
Previous Ranking: 10
Week 5 Result: 30-21 win at Harvard

Junior quarterback Matthew Sluka accounted for 363 yards of total offense and three touchdowns as the Crusaders avenged a 38-13 loss to Harvard last season. The three-time defending Patriot League champions off to their best start since going 11-0 in 1991.

Next Game: Bucknell (Oct. 8)

10. Jackson State Tigers

(4-0, 2-0 SWAC)
Previous Ranking: 11
Week 5 Result: No game
Next Game: at Alabama State (Oct. 8)

11. Chattanooga Mocs

(4-1, 2-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 12
Week 5 Result: 24-16 win at ETSU
Next Game: VMI (Oct. 15)

12. Southeast Missouri Redhawks

(4-1, 1-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 13
Week 5 Result: 49-28 win at Lindenwood
Next Game: Tennessee Tech (Oct. 8)

13. Southern Illinois Salukis

(3-2, 2-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 14
Week 5 Result: 19-14 win at Illinois State
Next Game: at Missouri State (Oct. 8)

14. Mercer Bears

(4-1, 2-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 15
Week 5 Result: 42-7 win at Wofford
Next Game: Western Carolina (Oct. 8)

15. Elon Phoenix

(4-1, 2-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 16
Week 5 Result: 30-27, 2-OT win over Richmond
Next Game: Towson (Oct. 8)

16. North Dakota Fighting Hawks

(3-2, 2-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 5 Result: 48-31 win over Missouri State
Next Game: at Youngstown State (Oct. 8)

17. William & Mary Tribe

(4-1, 1-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 19
Week 5 Result: 27-10 win at Stony Brook
Next Game: Delaware (Oct. 8)

18. Missouri State Bears

(2-3, 0-2 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 8
Week 5 Result: 48-31 loss at North Dakota
Next Game: Southern Illinois (Oct. 8)

19. Samford Bulldogs

(4-1, 2-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 18
Week 5 Result: 34-27 win at Furman
Next Game: Wofford (Oct. 8)

20. Villanova Wildcats

(3-2, 1-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 24
Week 5 Result: 45-20 win at Maine
Next Game: at Richmond (Oct. 15)

21. Southeastern Louisiana Lions

(3-2, 1-0 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 22
Week 5 Result: 48-14 win over Murray State
Next Game: Texas A&M-Commerce (Oct. 8)

22. UT Martin Skyhawks

(3-2, 2-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 21
Week 5 Result: 45-28 win over Tennessee Tech
Next Game: at Murray State (Oct. 8)

23. Eastern Kentucky Colonels

(3-2, 3-1 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: 25
Week 5 Result: 35-28 win over Southern Utah
Next Game: Sam Houston (Oct. 15)

24. Richmond Spiders

(3-2, 1-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 20
Week 5 Result: 30-27, 2-OT loss at Elon
Next Game: Villanova (Oct. 15)

25. Eastern Washington Eagles

(1-3, 0-1 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 17
Week 5 Result: 52-17 loss at Florida
Next Game: at Weber State (Oct. 8)

— 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.