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FCS Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 8

FCS Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 8

FCS Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 8

There's a good reason they have a 24-team playoff in FCS college football and not, ahem, a cute four-team bracket.

Try leaving out Sacramento State after it just swept Eastern Washington, Montana State and Montana in a 15-day span.

North Dakota State, James Madison, and South Dakota State have been 1-2-3 all season and Weber State is next in line. As Sac State has proven, you need more than four.

Here's the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 8 games:

1. North Dakota State

(7-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 1

Last Week’s Result: 22-0 win over Missouri State

Notable: Adam Cofield rushed for a pair of touchdowns and the Bison posted their 12th shutout of the decade to tie South Carolina State for the FCS high. They’ll next take the 28-game winning streak to the last team (South Dakota State) to beat them in 2017 and ESPN College GameDay will be on the scene in Brookings.

Next Game: at South Dakota State (Oct. 26)

2. James Madison

(7-1, 4-0 CAA)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 2

Last Week’s Result: 38-10 win over William & Mary

Notable: The Dukes held William & Mary to 194 yards of offense and had three interceptions. Defensive end Ron’Dell Carter had career highs with 10 tackles and six tackles for a loss, including a sack.

Next Game: Towson (Oct. 26)

3. South Dakota State

(6-1, 3-0 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 3

Last Week’s Result: 42-23 win over Indiana State

Notable: J’Bore Gibbs, 274 yards and three TDs through the air. Pierre Strong Jr., 144 yards and two TDs on the ground. Cade Johnson, 134 receiving yards and a TD. Yeah, the Jackrabbits will take that.

Next Game: North Dakota State (Oct. 26)

4. Weber State

(5-2, 3-0 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 4

Last Week’s Result: 51-28 win over Northern Arizona

Notable: Josh Davis, the 2018 Jerry Rice Award winner as FCS freshman of the year, broke out with a school-record 328 rushing yards, to go along with four touchdowns, on 34 carries.

Next Game: at UC Davis (Oct. 26)

5. Sacramento State

(5-2, 3-0 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 10

Last Week’s Result: 49-22 win over Montana

Notable: QB Kevin Thomson (419 yards of total offense, 6 total TDs) accounted for 16 touchdowns during the 15-day sweep of nationally ranked Eastern Washington, Montana State and Montana.

Next Game: at Cal Poly (Oct. 26)

6. Villanova

(6-1, 3-1 CAA)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 7

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: The Wildcats has lost leading rusher Justin Covington (727 yards, 4 total TDs) to a season-ending ACL tear.

Next Game: Stony Brook (Oct. 26)

7. Kennesaw State

(6-1, 2-0 Big South)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 8

Last Week’s Result: 55-10 win over Presbyterian

Notable: Tommy Bryant came off the bench to throw for a touchdown on each of his three completions and rush for two scores as well.

Next Game: North Alabama (Oct. 26)

8. Montana

(5-2, 2-1 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 6

Last Week’s Result: 49-22 loss to Sacramento State

Notable: Linebackers Jace Lewis and Dante Olson were a bright spot with a combined 33 tackles, but while the Griz were humbled in a first-place matchup, QB Dalton Sneed suffered an ankle injury and could miss at least the next game.

Next Game: Eastern Washington (Oct. 26)

9. Northern Iowa

(4-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 15

Last Week’s Result: 42-27 win over South Dakota

Notable: Isaiah Weston caught four passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns, while linebacker Chris Kolarevic posted a career-high 19 tackles.

Next Game: at Missouri State (Oct. 26)

10. Furman

(4-3, 3-1 Southern)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 5

Last Week’s Result: 27-10 loss to The Citadel

Notable: On a rainy day, QB Darren Grainger was only 5-for-25 for 44 yards and the Paladins allowed 360 rushing yards in their 99th matchup against The Citadel.

Next Game: at Western Carolina (Oct. 26)

11. Illinois State

(5-2, 2-1 Missouri Valley)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 12

Last Week’s Result: 28-14 win over Western Illinois

Notable: The Redbirds kept WIU winless on the strength of James Robinson’s three touchdown runs.

Next Game: Indiana State (Oct. 26)

12. Montana State

(5-2, 2-1 Big Sky)

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Last Week’s Ranking: 11

Last Week’s Result: Bye

Notable: Defensive end Bryce Sterk has grabbed the headlines this season, but linebacker Callahan O’Reilly has come on strong with 27 tackles in the last two games. He has a team-high 47 stops.

Next Game: at North Dakota (Oct. 26)

13. Princeton

(5-0, 2-0 Ivy)