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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: