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FCS Football: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 6

North Dakota State, South Dakota State set for showdown, but Big Sky quartet impressing right behind them.
Dontae McMillan, Weber State Wildcats Football

Weber State running back Dontae McMillan (28) gets past Eastern Washington's Anthany Smith (4) for one of his two rushing touchdowns during the Wildcats' 45-21 win. 

The top matchup of the FCS season is approaching on Saturday – No. 1 North Dakota State will host No. 2 South Dakota State.

Surely, it doesn’t get any better than that.

Well, you might say something similar in the Big Sky Conference beginning soon on a regular basis. There’s a logjam with the No. 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-ranked teams, including Weber State, this week’s Team of the Week.

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

1. North Dakota State Bison

(5-1, 3-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 1
Week 6 Result: 31-26 win at Indiana State
Next Game: South Dakota State (Oct. 15)

2. South Dakota State Jackrabbits

(5-1, 3-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 2
Week 6 Result: 28-3 win over South Dakota
Next Game: at North Dakota State (Oct. 15)

3. Montana Grizzlies

(5-0, 2-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 3
Week 6 Result: No game
Next Game: Idaho (Oct. 15)

4. Sacramento State Hornets

(5-0, 2-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 4
Week 6 Result: 55-7 win over Northern Colorado
Next Game: at Eastern Washington (Oct. 15)

5. Montana State Bobcats

(5-1, 3-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 5
Week 6 Result: 37-6 win over Idaho State
Next Game: at Northern Colorado (Oct. 15)

Team of the Week

6. Weber State Wildcats

(5-0, 2-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 7
Week 6 Result: 45-21 win over Eastern Washington

The Wildcats improved to 5-0 for just the second time, outgaining EWU’s vaunted passing game 223-198 with Ty MacPherson catching a 65-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage and finishing with six receptions for 128 yards. Dontae McMillan rushed for two scores.

Next Game: at Portland State (Oct. 15)

7. UIW Cardinals

(5-1, 2-1 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 8
Week 6 Result: 56-17 win over Lamar
Next Game: at Nicholls (Oct. 15)

8. Holy Cross Crusaders

(6-0, 2-0 Patriot)
Previous Ranking: 9
Week 6 Result: 57-0 win over Bucknell
Next Game: at Lafayette (Oct. 15)

9. Delaware Blue Hens

(5-1, 3-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 6
Week 6 Result: 27-21 loss at William & Mary
Next Game: Morgan State (Oct. 22)

10. Chattanooga Mocs

(4-1, 2-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 11
Week 6 Result: No game
Next Game: VMI (Oct. 15)

11. Mercer Bears

(5-1, 3-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 14
Week 6 Result: 49-6 win over Western Carolina
Next Game: ETSU (Oct. 15)

12. Southeast Missouri Redhawks

(5-1, 2-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 12
Week 6 Result: 34-20 win over Tennessee Tech
Next Game: at Northwestern State (Oct. 22)

13. Southern Illinois Salukis

(4-2, 3-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 13
Week 6 Result: 38-21 win at Missouri State
Next Game: Western Illinois (Oct. 15)

14. Elon Phoenix

(5-1, 3-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 15
Week 6 Result: 27-10 win over Towson
Next Game: at Rhode Island (Oct. 15)

15. William & Mary Tribe

(5-1, 2-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 17
Week 6 Result: 27-21 win over Delaware
Next Game: at Towson (Oct. 22)

16. Jackson State Tigers

(5-0, 3-0 SWAC)
Previous Ranking: 10
Week 6 Result: 26-12 win at Alabama State
Next Game: at Bethune-Cookman (Oct. 15)

17. North Dakota Fighting Hawks

(4-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 16
Week 6 Result: 35-30 win at Youngstown State
Next Game: South Dakota State (Oct. 22)

18. Samford Bulldogs

(5-1, 3-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 19
Week 6 Result: 28-14 win over Wofford
Next Game: at ETSU (Oct. 22)

19. UT Martin Skyhawks

(4-2, 3-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 22
Week 6 Result: 45-16 win at Murray State
Next Game: at Tennessee (Oct. 22)

20. Villanova Wildcats

(3-2, 1-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 20
Week 6 Result: No game
Next Game: at Richmond (Oct. 15)

21. Eastern Kentucky Colonels

(3-2, 3-1 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: 23
Week 6 Result: No game
Next Game: Sam Houston (Oct. 15)

22. Missouri State Bears

(2-4, 0-3 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 18
Week 6 Result: 38-21 loss to Southern Illinois
Next Game: at Northern Iowa (Oct. 22)

23. Southeastern Louisiana Lions

(3-3, 1-1 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 21
Week 6 Result: 31-28 loss to Texas A&M-Commerce
Next Game: at Jacksonville State (Oct. 22)

24. Richmond Spiders

(3-2, 1-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 24
Week 6 Result: No game
Next Game: Villanova (Oct. 15)

25. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

(3-3, 2-0 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 6 Result: 41-38 win over Abilene Christian
Next Game: Tarleton (Oct. 15)

— 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.