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FCS Football: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 6

Malik Fisher (92), Villanova Wildcats Football

Villanova's Malik Fisher (92) revels in the Wildcats' 28-27 win over James Madison in CAA Football. Dukes were one of seven ranked FCS teams to fall on Saturday.

Down goes not one, not two, not three, but seven teams in the Athlon FCS Top 25 Power Poll:

Top-ranked James Madison, No. 2 South Dakota State, No. 9 Delaware, No. 10 UC Davis, No. 13 North Dakota, No. 14 Missouri State, and No. 23 Nicholls.

Yup, this is conference play, you have to love it.

With some reconfiguring, we’ve tipped the cap to defending national champion Sam Houston with a leap over North Dakota State, but No. 1 and 2 may as well be 1 and 1A.

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

1. Sam Houston
(5-0, 3-0 AQ7)
Previous Ranking: 4
Week 6 Result: 41-7 win over Lamar
Next Game: Oct. 23 vs. No. 25 Jacksonville State

2. North Dakota State
(5-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 3
Week 6 Result: 34-20 win over Northern Iowa
Next Game: Oct. 16 at Illinois State

3. Eastern Washington
(6-0, 3-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 5
Week 6 Result: 63-17 win at Northern Colorado
Next Game: Oct. 16 vs. Idaho

4. Southern Illinois
(5-1, 3-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 8
Week 6 Result: 42-41 OT win at South Dakota State
Next Game: Oct. 16 vs. No. 22 North Dakota

Team of the Week

5. Villanova
(4-1, 2-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 11
Week 6 Result: 28-27 win at No. 1 James Madison

The Wildcats ended a five-game losing streak to James Madison by scoring the game’s final 12 points in the third quarter, including Daniel Smith’s go-ahead, 57-yard TD pass to Rayjoun Pringle with 2:54 left. Linebacker Forrest Rhyne was in on 20 tackles (three solos, 17 assists).

Next Game: Oct. 16 at Albany

6. James Madison
(4-1, 2-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 1
Week 6 Result: 28-27 loss to Villanova
Next Game: Oct. 16 at Richmond

7. South Dakota State
(4-1, 1-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 2
Week 6 Result: 42-41 OT loss to Southern Illinois
Next Game: Oct. 16 at Western Illinois

8. Montana State
(5-1, 3-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 6
Week 6 Result: 45-7 win over Cal Poly
Next Game: Oct. 15 at No. 16 Weber State

9. Montana
(4-1, 2-1 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 7
Week 6 Result: 31-14 win over Dixie State
Next Game: Oct. 16 vs. Sacramento State

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10. ETSU
(6-0, 3-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 15
Week 6 Result: 48-21 win over The Citadel
Next Game: Oct. 16 at Chattanooga

11. Rhode Island
(5-0, 3-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 19
Week 6 Result: 22-15 win over Delaware
Next Game: Oct. 16 at Towson

12. Northern Iowa
(3-2, 1-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 12
Week 6 Result: 34-20 loss to North Dakota State
Next Game: Oct. 16 vs. No. 21 South Dakota

13. Southeastern Louisiana
(4-1, 2-0 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 18
Week 6 Result: 58-48 win at No. 23 Nicholls
Next Game: Oct. 16 vs. Houston Baptist

14. UC Davis
(5-1, 2-1 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 10
Week 6 Result: 27-17 loss at Idaho State
Next Game: Oct. 16 vs. Northern Colorado

15. Delaware
(3-2, 2-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 9
Week 6 Result: 22-15 loss at Rhode Island
Next Game: Oct. 16 at Stony Brook

16. Weber State
(2-3, 1-1 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 16
Week 6 Result: Open week
Next Game: Oct. 15 vs. No. 8 Montana State

17. Kennesaw State
(4-1, 1-0 Big South)
Previous Ranking: 17
Week 6 Result: 34-15 win at Hampton
Next Game: Oct. 16 vs. North Carolina A&T

18. UT Martin
(4-1, 1-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 20
Week 6 Result: 48-24 win over Murray State
Next Game: Oct. 16 at Eastern Illinois

19. Missouri State
(3-2, 2-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 14
Week 6 Result: 41-33 loss at Youngstown State
Next Game: Oct. 16 vs. Indiana State

20. UIW
(4-1, 2-0 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 21
Week 6 Result: Open week
Next Game: Oct. 16 vs. Nicholls

21. South Dakota
(4-2, 2-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 6 Result: 20-13 win over North Dakota
Next Game: Oct. 16 at No. 12 Northern Iowa

22. North Dakota
(2-3, 0-2 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 13
Week 6 Result: 20-13 loss at South Dakota
Next Game: Oct. 16 at No. 4 Southern Illinois

23. Princeton
(4-0, 1-0 Ivy)
Previous Ranking: 24
Week 6 Result: 31-28 win at Monmouth
Next Game: Oct. 16 at Brown

24. New Hampshire
(3-2, 2-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 22
Week 6 Result: Open week
Next Game: Oct. 16 vs. Dartmouth

25. Jacksonville State
(3-3, 1-0 AQ7)
Previous Ranking: 25
Week 6 Result: 28-24 win over Stephen F. Austin
Next Game: Oct. 23 at No. 1 Sam Houston

— 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.