FCS Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 6

Overtime thrillers keep the excitement coming in the subdivision

Can't get enough of FCS college football this season? Neither can the teams themselves.


James Madison and Stony Brook took each other to overtime this past Saturday night. Montana State went there, too. Southeast Missouri liked it enough to play two OTs.


Five overtime games in Week 6 raised the season total to 17, and there should be plenty more to look forward to as well.


Here's the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 6 games:


1. North Dakota State

(5-0, 1-0 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 1

Last Week’s Result: 37-3 win over Illinois State

Notable: The Bison put forth their most impressive performance of the season, and their 26th straight win to tie for the second-longest streak in FCS history. Redshirt freshman QB Trey Lance’s three touchdown passes give him 12 without an interception.

Next Game: Northern Iowa (Oct. 12)


2. James Madison

(5-1, 2-0 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 2

Last Week’s Result: 45-38 OT win over Stony Brook

Notable: Jawon Hamilton scored the game-winner in overtime and combined with Percy Agyei-Obese for 201 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

Next Game: Villanova (Oct. 12)


3. South Dakota State

(4-1, 1-0 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 3

Last Week’s Result: 28-10 win over Southern Illinois

Notable: Pierre Strong Jr. rushed for 229 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown, and Jaxon Janke caught two of QB J’Bore Gibbs’ three TD passes.

Next Game: at Youngstown State (Oct. 12)


4. Weber State

(3-2, 1-0 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 4

Last Week’s Result: 41-35 win over Idaho

Notable: Five different Wildcats scored touchdowns and QB Jake Constantine (163 passing yards, one TD pass) returned to the starting lineup.

Next Game: Southern Utah (Oct. 12)


5. Villanova

(6-0, 3-0 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 6

Last Week’s Result: 35-28 win over William & Mary

Notable: Linebacker Forrest Rhyne (15 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, forced fumble) was dominating in the Wildcats’ fourth road win.

Next Game: at James Madison (Oct. 12)


6. Furman

(4-2, 3-0 Southern)

Last Week’s Ranking: 7

Last Week’s Result: 58-14 win over Samford

Notable: The SoCon leader has gone over 40 points four times, the latest behind RB Devin Wynn’s 278 yards from scrimmage (75- and 89-yard TD runs; 61-yard TD reception).

Next Game: The Citadel (Oct. 19)


7. Montana

(5-1, 2-0 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 9

Last Week’s Result: 59-20 win over Idaho State

Notable: The Griz trailed 17-0 before scoring 59 of the final 62 points in their 100th Homecoming game. QB Dalton Sneed accounted for a career-high 464 yards of total offense as well as four touchdowns.

Next Game: at Sacramento State (Oct. 19)


8. Montana State

(5-1, 2-0 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: 5

Last Week’s Result: 34-28 OT win over Cal Poly

Notable: The Bobcats allowed 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter before escaping on Travis Jonsen’s 9-yard touchdown run in overtime. But rival Montana leaps them in the power poll.

Next Game: Sacramento State (Oct. 12)


9. Northern Iowa

(3-2, 1-0 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 11

Last Week’s Result: 21-14 win over Youngstown State

Notable: UNI won a physical MVFC opener as linebackers Bryce Flater and Chris Kolarevic collected 10 tackles each. Next up is the two-time defending FCS champion.

Next Game: at North Dakota State (Oct. 12)


10. Towson

(3-2, 1-1 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 13

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: Yeedee Thaenrat has been the goal-line threat with eight rushing touchdowns, but the running backs have to increase their production with Shane Simpson lost to a season-ending injury.

Next Game: Albany (Oct. 12)


11. Kennesaw State

(4-1, 0-0 Big South)

Last Week’s Ranking: 14

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: Led by Isaac Foster (436) and Bronson Rechsteiner (348), the Owls have a Division I-high eight players with at least 100 rushing yards.

Next Game: Charleston Southern (Oct. 12)


12. Nicholls

(3-2, 1-0 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: 20

Last Week’s Result: 34-14 win over Central Arkansas

Notable: The preseason favorite in the Southland needed a signature performance and got it with Chase Fourcade going 24 of 29 for 327 yards and a touchdown, with another score on the ground.

Next Game: Northwestern State (Oct. 12)


13. North Carolina A&T

(4-1, 2-0 MEAC)

Last Week’s Ranking: 16

Last Week’s Result: 58-19 win over Norfolk State

Notable: Jah-Maine Martin remained red hot with 199 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries. He has 606 rushing yards in the last three games.

Next Game: at Florida A&M (Oct. 19)


14. Illinois State

(3-2, 0-1 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 8

Last Week’s Result: 37-3 loss to North Dakota State

Notable: The Redbirds appear hamstrung without top wide receivers Andrew Edgar and Taylor Grimes, who were injured in the Northern Arizona game on Sept. 21. Grimes won’t return this season.

Next Game: at Southern Illinois (Oct. 12)


15. Central Arkansas

(3-2, 1-1 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: 12

Last Week’s Result: 34-14 loss to Nicholls

Notable: UCA’s ugly effort was surprising considering it had two weeks of preparation. The Bears trailed 20-0 at halftime and then 34-7 until the closing minute.

Next Game: McNeese (Oct. 12)


16. Youngstown State

(4-1, 0-1 Missouri Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 17

Last Week’s Result: 21-14 loss to Northern Iowa

Notable: The Penguins averaged 296.3 rushing yards per game in a 4-0 non-conference start, but managed only 55 yards on 36 carries against UNI.

Next Game: South Dakota State (Oct. 12)


17. Maine

(2-3, 0-2 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 18

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: Last year’s success was built around the defense, but the Black Bears are allowing nearly 200 rushing yards and 28 points per game this season.

Next Game: Richmond (Oct. 12)


18. Sacramento State

(3-2, 1-0 Big Sky)

Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 41-27 win over Eastern Washington

Notable: QB Kevin Thomson accounted for 351 yards and five touchdowns and the defense scored twice as the Hornets put last year’s FCS runner-up on the brink of playoff elimination.

Next Game: at Montana State


19. Jacksonville State

(4-2, 1-1 Ohio Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 24

Last Week’s Result: 31-23 win over Tennessee State

Notable: The Gamecocks go as QB Zerrick Cooper goes. He had 349 yards of total offense and three touchdown passes against Tennessee State.

Next Game: at Eastern Illinois (Oct. 12)


20. North Dakota

(3-2 Independent)

Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 38-36 win over UC Davis

Notable: The Fighting Hawks have faced fourth straight opponents that reached at least the FCS quarterfinals the last two seasons – wins over Sam Houston State and UC Davis and losses to North Dakota State and Eastern Washington.

Next Game: at Idaho State (Oct. 12)


21. Southeast Missouri

(3-2, 1-0 Ohio Valley)

Last Week’s Ranking: 23

Last Week’s Result: 43-37, 2OT win over Tennessee Tech

Notable: Two missed PATs, including one in the second overtime, didn’t cost the Redhawks an opening OVC win. Mark Robinson rushed for three touchdowns and Zion Custis had 117 rushing yards and the winning score.

Next Game: at Austin Peay (Oct. 12)


22. Delaware

(3-2, 1-0 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 22

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: Freshman defensive end Charles McGowan’s only tackle is a sack, and alarmingly, that’s the Blue Hens’ only sack this season.

Next Game: at Elon (Oct. 12)


23. Stony Brook

(4-2, 1-1 CAA)

Last Week’s Ranking: 25

Last Week’s Result: 45-38 OT loss to James Madison

Notable: The Seawolves inch forward in the power poll after pushing No. 2 JMU to OT. Ty Son Lawton carried the ball 27 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.

Next Game: New Hampshire (Oct. 12)


24. Princeton

(3-0, 1-0 Ivy)

Last Week’s Ranking: 21

Last Week’s Result: 21-10 win over Columbia

Notable: Collin Eaddy had both a touchdown run and catch and the Tigers made it 13 straight wins since the start of the 2018 season.

Next Game: Lafayette (Oct. 11)


25. Sam Houston State

(4-2, 3-0 Southland)

Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 31-20 win over Stephen F. Austin

Notable: All-American Nathan Stewart caught the go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. The senior wideout has 478 receiving yards and five touchdowns in three Southland wins.

Next Game: Lamar (Oct. 12)


Also Considered: Dartmouth (3-0, 1-0 Ivy); Southeastern Louisiana (3-2, 1-1 Southland); UC Davis (2-4, 0-2 Big Sky); Yale (3-0, 1-0 Ivy)


— 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 Sacramento State Athletics)

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