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FCS Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 7

FCS Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 7

FCS Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 7

At least this season it took half of the regular season before there was chaos up and down the Athlon FCS Power Poll.

A whopping 11 ranked teams dropped games this past Saturday.

Yeah, it feels like... no, make that hurts like old times.

Here's the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 7 games:

1. North Dakota State

(6-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 1

Last Week’s Result: 46-14 win over Northern Iowa

Notable: The Bison made it 27 straight wins (second all-time in FCS history) with 347 rushing yards and three more Trey Lance touchdown passes.

Next Game: Missouri State (Oct. 19)

2. James Madison

(6-1, 3-0 CAA)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 2

Last Week’s Result: 38-24 win over Villanova

Notable: Defensive end John Daka dominated with nine tackles, five tackles for a loss, two sacks, and a forced fumble in handing Villanova its first loss.

Next Game: at William & Mary (Oct. 19)

3. South Dakota State

(5-1, 2-0 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 3

Last Week’s Result: 38-28 win over Youngstown State

Notable: The Jackrabbits scored 35 second-half points to sidestep an upset. QB J’Bore Gibbs accounted for three TDs.

Next Game: Indiana State (Oct. 19)

4. Weber State

(4-2, 2-0 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 4

Last Week’s Result: 29-14 win over Southern Utah

Notable: Four different players picked off passes and the Wildcats turned them into 17 points. They’re part of a three-way tie for first in the Big Sky with Montana and Sacramento State.

Next Game: Northern Arizona (Oct. 19)

5. Furman

(4-2, 3-0 Southern)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 6

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: No Paladins team in the 2000s has matched the 37.5 points per game average this season, including 58 points most recently against Samford.

Next Game: The Citadel (Oct. 19)

6. Montana

(5-1, 2-0 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 7

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: Ditto for the Griz in the 2000s: Their 41 points per game is their highest average since 1999 (44.8).

Next Game: at Sacramento State (Oct. 19)

7. Villanova

(6-1, 3-1 CAA)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 5

Last Week’s Result: 38-24 loss to James Madison

Notable: The Wildcats impressed in defeat against James Madison, playing without leading rusher Justin Covington. QB Daniel Smith had three TD passes, but also three interceptions.

Next Game: Stony Brook (Oct. 26)

8. Kennesaw State

(5-1, 1-0 Big South)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 11

Last Week’s Result: 45-23 win over Charleston Southern

Notable: The Owls’ schedule got stronger, though not in a big way. QB Daniel David scored on three runs and Bronson Rechsteiner (10 carries, 138 yards, 2 TDs) remained a big-play threat.

Next Game: at Presbyterian (Oct. 19)

9. Nicholls

(4-2, 3-0 Southland)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 12

Last Week’s Result: 45-35 win over Northwestern State

Notable: QB Chase Fourcade was as dangerous on the ground (14 carries, 135 yards, 2 TDs) as through the air (188 yards, 1 TD) to help push the Colonels into first place in the Southland.

Next Game: at Sam Houston State (Oct. 19)

10. Sacramento State

(4-2, 2-0 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 18

Last Week’s Result: 34-21 win over Montana State

Notable: Kevin Thomson had 334 yards of total offense and accounted for five touchdowns. The surprising Hornets are unbeaten against FCS opponents.

Next Game: Montana (Oct. 19)

11. Montana State

(5-2, 2-1 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 8

Last Week’s Result: 34-21 loss to Sacramento State

Notable: Kevin Kassie (6 receptions, 119 yards, TD) and Travis Jonsen (5-109) gave the Bobcats a pair of 100-yard receivers in the loss.

Next Game: at North Dakota (Oct. 26)

12. Illinois State

(4-2, 1-1 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 14

Last Week’s Result: 21-7 win over Southern Illinois

Notable: A lot of James Robinson is always good for the Redbirds. He had 31 carries for 150 yards and a TD.

Next Game: at Western Illinois (Oct. 19)

13. North Carolina A&T

(4-1, 2-0 MEAC)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 13

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: Huge showdown ahead: The Aggies lost at home to Florida A&M last year, but they’ve won their first two MEAC games this season by a combined score of 95-19.

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

14. Central Arkansas

(4-2, 2-1 Southland)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 15

Last Week’s Result: 40-31 win over McNeese

Notable: Breylin Smith connected with Tyler Hudson for 78- and 19-yard TD passes in the third quarter to rally the Bears from a halftime deficit. Hayden Ray kicked four field goals in the win.

Next Game: at Northwestern State (Oct. 19)

15. Northern Iowa

(3-3, 1-1 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 9

Last Week’s Result: 46-14 loss to North Dakota State

Notable: Linebacker Chris Kolarevic is making a nice return from injury last season, posting 10 tackles and one fumble recovery in the loss to NDSU.

Next Game: South Dakota (Oct. 19)

16. Youngstown State

(4-2, 0-2 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 16

Last Week’s Result: 38-28 loss to South Dakota State

Notable: After averaging 296.3 rushing yards in four non-conference wins, the Penguins have gained only 100 an outing in two MVFC losses.

Next Game: at Southern Illinois (Oct. 19)

17. Austin Peay

(4-2, 2-0 Ohio Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 28-24 win over Southeast Missouri

Notable: Ahmaad Tanner ran for two touchdowns and caught one in yet another huge OVC win for the Governors, who topped Jacksonville State on Sept. 28.

Next Game: at Tennessee State (Oct. 19)

18. Jacksonville State

(5-2, 2-1 Ohio Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 19

Last Week’s Result: 28-20 win over Eastern Illinois

Notable: Josh Pearson hauled in two TD receptions, giving him 11 this season and 28 since the start of the 2018 campaign.

Next Game: Southeast Missouri (Oct. 19)

19. Princeton

(4-0, 1-0 Ivy)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 24

Last Week’s Result: 28-3 win over Lafayette

Notable: Hold that Tiger? Make it, hold the Leopards as the Princeton defense allowed a measly 162 yards and picks off two passes.

Next Game: at Brown (Oct. 19)

20. Dartmouth

(4-0, 2-0 Ivy)

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Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 42-10 win over Yale

Notable: Drew Estrada caught five passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns (75 and 61 yards) as the Big Green handled the Ivy League’s preseason favorite.

Next Game: at Marist (Oct. 19)

21. UC Davis

(3-4, 1-2 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 48-24 win over Cal Poly

Notable: The Aggies ended a three-game losing streak behind QB Jake Maier (23 of 36 for 376 yards and four TDs) and Ulonzo Gilliam (195 yards from scrimmage, 2 TDs).

Next Game: at Southern Utah (Oct. 19)

22. New Hampshire

(4-2, 3-0 CAA)

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Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 20-14 win over Stony Brook

Notable: Behind Max Brosmer's two TD passes to Brian Espanet, UNH won its fourth straight game under interim head coach Ricky Santos. The surprising Wildcats share first place in the CAA with James Madison.

Next Game: at Delaware

23. Eastern Washington

(3-4, 2-1 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 54-21 win over Northern Colorado

Notable: Eric Barriere passed for 445 yards with three of his five TD passes going to Talolo Limu-Jones.

Next Game: at Montana (Oct. 26)

24. Towson

(3-3, 1-2 CAA)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 10

Last Week’s Result: 38-21 loss to Albany

Notable: The Tigers aren’t the same team without injured running back Shane Simpson, dropping their third straight game.

Next Game: Bucknell (Oct. 19)

25. Elon

(3-4, 2-2 CAA)

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Last Week’s Ranking: N/R

Last Week’s Result: 42-7 win over Delaware

Notable: Give the Phoenix bonus points for playing a strong schedule. De’Sean McNair rushed for a pair of TDs and Greg Liggs Jr. scored off a 42-yard interception return.

Next Game: at Rhode Island (Oct. 26)

— 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 James Madison Athletics)