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FCS Football: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 7

South Dakota State ascends to No. 1; Idaho drops Montana.
Amar Johnson, South Dakota State Jackrabbits Football

South Dakota State's Amar Johnson finds running room between blockers in the Jackrabbits' 23-21 rally past North Dakota State.

Wow, wow, wow – FCS college football never fails to thrill.

If South Dakota State and North Dakota State staging an epic No. 2 vs. No. 1 matchup this past weekend wasn't enough excitement, Idaho also shocked No. 3 Montana in a memorable result.

The fallout? The top 16 teams in the latest Athlon FCS Power Poll have a new ranking from a week ago.

Here’s the Power Poll following Week 7 games:

Team of the Week

1. South Dakota State Jackrabbits

(6-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 2
Week 7 Result: 23-21 win at North Dakota State

The Jackrabbits scored the final 16 points, taking the lead for the first time on Hunter Dustman’s third field goal with under four minutes left. It was their third straight win over NDSU and the fifth since 2016.

Next Game: at No. 17 North Dakota (Oct. 22)

2. Sacramento State Hornets

(6-0, 3-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 4
Week 7 Result: 52-28 win at Eastern Washington
Next Game: vs. No. 11 Montana (Oct. 22)

3. North Dakota State Bison

(5-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 1
Week 7 Result: 23-21 loss to South Dakota State
Next Game: vs. Illinois State (Oct. 29)

4. Montana State Bobcats

(6-1, 4-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 5
Week 7 Result: 37-14 win at Northern Colorado
Next Game: vs. No. 5 Weber State (Oct. 22)

5. Weber State Wildcats

(6-0, 3-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 6
Week 7 Result: 42-7 win at Portland State
Next Game: at No. 4 Montana State (Oct. 22)

6. UIW Cardinals

(6-1, 3-1 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 7
Week 7 Result: 49-14 win at Nicholls
Next Game: vs. Faulkner (Oct. 22)

7. Holy Cross Crusaders

(6-0, 2-0 Patriot)
Previous Ranking: 8
Week 7 Result: No game
Next Game: at Lafayette (Oct. 22)

8. Chattanooga Mocs

(5-1, 3-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 10
Week 7 Result: 41-13 win over VMI
Next Game: vs. No. 9 Mercer (Oct. 22)

9. Mercer Bears

(6-1, 4-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 11
Week 7 Result: 55-33 win over ETSU
Next Game: at No. 8 Chattanooga (Oct. 22)

10. Delaware Blue Hens

(5-1, 3-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 9
Week 7 Result: No game
Next Game: vs. Morgan State (Oct. 22)

11. Montana Grizzlies

(5-1, 2-1 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 3
Week 7 Result: 30-23 loss to Idaho
Next Game: at No. 2 Sacramento State (Oct. 22)

12. Southern Illinois Salukis

(5-2, 4-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 13
Week 7 Result: 30-7 win over Western Illinois
Next Game: at South Dakota (Oct. 22)

13. William & Mary Tribe

(5-1, 2-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 15
Week 7 Result: No game
Next Game: at Towson (Oct. 22)

14. Southeast Missouri Redhawks

(5-1, 2-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 12
Week 7 Result: No game
Next Game: at Northwestern State (Oct. 22)

15. Jackson State Tigers

(6-0, 4-0 SWAC)
Previous Ranking: 16
Week 7 Result: 48-8 win over Bethune-Cookman
Next Game: vs. Campbell (Oct. 22)

16. Idaho Vandals

(4-2, 3-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 7 Result: 30-23 win at Montana
Next Game: vs. Portland State (Oct. 22)

17. North Dakota Fighting Hawks

(4-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 17
Week 7 Result: No game
Next Game: vs. No. 1 South Dakota State (Oct. 22)

18. Samford Bulldogs

(5-1, 3-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 18
Week 7 Result: No game
Next Game: at ETSU (Oct. 22)

19. UT Martin Skyhawks

(4-2, 3-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 19
Week 7 Result: No game
Next Game: at Tennessee (Oct. 22)

20. Richmond Spiders

(4-2, 2-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 24
Week 7 Result: 20-10 win over Villanova
Next Game: at Hampton (Oct. 22)

21. Elon Phoenix

(5-2, 3-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 14
Week 7 Result: 17-10 loss at Rhode Island
Next Game: at New Hampshire (Oct. 22)

22. Austin Peay Governors

(5-2, 5-1 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 7 Result: 52-17 win over Murray State
Next Game: vs. Jacksonville State (Oct. 29)

23. Rhode Island Rams

(4-2, 2-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 7 Result: 17-10 win over Elon
Next Game: at Monmouth (Oct. 22)

24. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

(4-3, 3-0 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: 25
Week 7 Result: 41-24 win over Tarleton
Next Game: at Southern Utah (Oct. 22)

25 (tie). Missouri State Bears

(2-4, 0-3 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 22
Week 7 Result: No game
Next Game: at Northern Iowa (Oct. 22)

25 (tie). Fordham Rams (6-1, 2-0 Patriot)

Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 7 Result: 45-14 win over Stony Brook
Next Game: at No. 7 Holy Cross (Oct. 29)

— 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.