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FCS Football: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 8

Ife Adeyi, Sam Houston Bearkats Football

Sam Houston wide receiver Ife Adeyi, right, scores on a 66-yard reception in the No. 1 Bearkats' 42-7 win over Jacksonville State. The defending national champions, North Dakota State and Princeton are the only undefeated teams remaining in the subdivision

After weeks of everybody seemingly having similar, but different orders near the top of FCS college football rankings, it’s clear Sam Houston and North Dakota State are the two to choose from about a month from the national playoffs.

The two most recent FCS champions headline the Athlon Top 25 Power Poll following another wild week of action, joined by Princeton as the only unbeaten teams remaining.

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

1. Sam Houston
(6-0, 4-0 AQ7)
Previous Ranking: 1
Week 8 Result: 42-7 win over Jacksonville State
Next Game: Oct. 30 at Tarleton

2. North Dakota State
(7-0, 4-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 2
Week 8 Result: 27-20 win over Missouri State
Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. Indiana State

3. Southern Illinois
(6-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 4
Week 8 Result: Open week
Next Game: Oct. 30 at No. 15 Northern Iowa

4. Villanova
(6-1, 4-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 5
Week 8 Result: 44-0 win over Rhode Island
Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. William & Mary

5. James Madison
(6-1, 4-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 6
Week 8 Result: 22-10 win at Delaware
Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. Elon

6. Montana State
(7-1, 5-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 8
Week 8 Result: 27-9 win over Idaho State
Next Game: Nov. 6 at No. 7 Eastern Washington

7. Eastern Washington
(7-1, 4-1 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 3
Week 8 Result: 35-34 loss to Weber State
Next Game: Nov. 6 vs. No. 6 Montana State

8. Southeastern Louisiana
(6-1, 4-0 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 9
Week 8 Result: 51-14 win at Northwestern State
Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. McNeese

9. UC Davis
(7-1, 4-1 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 10
Week 8 Result: 24-13 win at Cal Poly
Next Game: Nov. 6 at Northern Arizona

10. South Dakota State
(5-2, 2-2 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 7
Week 8 Result: 26-17 loss to Northern Iowa
Next Game: Oct. 30 at Youngstown State

11. Kennesaw State
(6-1, 3-0 Big South)
Previous Ranking: 12
Week 8 Result: 30-7 win at Campbell
Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. Gardner-Webb

12. Sacramento State
(5-2, 4-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 13
Week 8 Result: 44-0 win over Northern Arizona
Next Game: Oct. 30 at Northern Colorado

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13. Montana
(5-2, 2-2 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 14
Week 8 Result: 34-14 win at Idaho
Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. Southern Utah

14. ETSU
(7-1, 4-1 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 15
Week 8 Result: 17-13 win at Furman
Next Game: Nov. 6 vs. No. 21 VMI

15. Northern Iowa
(4-3, 2-2 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 22
Week 8 Result: 26-17 win at South Dakota State
Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. No. 3 Southern Illinois

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16. Weber State
(3-4, 2-2 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 21
Week 8 Result: 35-34 win at Eastern Washington

Weber State had been the last team to beat Eastern Washington on the red turf in 2017, and the four-time defending Big Sky champion did it again in ending the Eagles’ FCS-leading 20-game home winning streak. Kris Jackson rushed for three touchdowns and the Wildcats outgained the FCS’ top-ranked offense 482-434.

Next Game: Oct. 30 at Idaho State

17. UT Martin
(6-1, 3-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 16
Week 8 Result: 38-30 win over Southeast Missouri
Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. Austin Peay

18. Missouri State
(4-3, 2-2 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 11
Week 8 Result: 27-20 loss at North Dakota State
Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. No. 19 North Dakota

19. North Dakota
(3-4, 1-3 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 8 Result: 34-10 win over Western Illinois
Next Game: Oct. 30 at No. 18 Missouri State

20. Princeton
(6-0, 3-0 Ivy)
Previous Ranking: 25
Week 8 Result: 18-16 (5OT) win over Harvard
Next Game: Oct. 29 at Cornell

21. VMI
(5-2, 3-1 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 24
Week 8 Result: Open week
Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. Samford

22. Chattanooga
(4-3, 3-1 Southern)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 8 Result: 55-13 win at Samford
Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. Furman

23. South Dakota
(5-3, 3-2 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 17
Week 8 Result: 20-14 loss to Illinois State
Next Game: Nov. 6 at Western Illinois

24. Eastern Kentucky
(5-2, 2-0 AQ7)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 8 Result: Open week
Next Game: Oct. 30 vs. Lamar

25. Jackson State
(6-1, 4-0 SWAC)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 8 Result: 42-12 win over Bethune-Cookman
Next Game: Oct. 30 at Mississippi Valley State

— 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 appears frequently on radio, TV and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.