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FCS Football: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 8

There's a lot of depth with the rankings; Chattanooga is Team of the Week.
Kameron Brown, Chattanooga Mocs Football

Chattanooga's Kameron Brown scores on a 53-yard interception return in the Mocs' 41-21 win over Mercer in the Southern Conference.

There have been some recent FCS seasons in which the bottom teams in the Athlon Top 25 Power Poll haven’t quite felt worthy of being in the rankings.

It’s not the case this season – there really haven’t been enough spots on a weekly basis.

Case in point after Week 8: Stephen F. Austin dropped out despite a win.

Here’s the Athlon FCS Top 25 Power Poll following Week 8 games, with spots two through four reconfigured and Chattanooga earning Team of the Week:

1. South Dakota State Jackrabbits

(7-1, 5-0 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 1
Week 8 Result: 49-35 win at North Dakota
Next Game: Indiana State (Oct. 29)

2. North Dakota State Bison

(5-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 3
Week 8 Result: No game
Next Game: Illinois State (Oct. 29)

3. Montana State Bobcats

(7-1, 5-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 4
Week 8 Result: 43-38 win over Weber State
Next Game: at Northern Arizona (Nov. 5)

4. Sacramento State Hornets

(7-0, 4-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 2
Week 8 Result: 31-24 (OT) win over Montana
Next Game: Idaho (Oct. 29)

5. Weber State Wildcats

(6-1, 3-1 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 5
Week 8 Result: 43-38 loss at Montana State
Next Game: Montana (Oct. 29)

6. UIW Cardinals

(7-1, 3-1 Southland)
Previous Ranking: 6
Week 8 Result: 70-0 win over Faulkner
Next Game: at Texas A&M-Commerce (Oct. 29)

Team of the Week

7. Chattanooga Mocs

(6-1, 4-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 8
Week 8 Result: 41-21 win over Mercer

Kameron Brown scored on a 53-yard interception return a little more than three minutes into the game and the Mocs forced six turnovers. Preston Hutchinson passed for three touchowns, while Ailym Ford rushed for 123 yards and a score, going over 3,000 yards for his career.

Next Game: at Furman (Oct. 29)

8. Holy Cross Crusaders

(7-0, 3-0 Patriot)
Previous Ranking: 7
Week 8 Result: 24-21 win at Lafayette
Next Game: Fordham (Oct. 29)

9. William & Mary Tribe

(6-1, 3-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 13
Week 8 Result: 44-24 win at Towson
Next Game: Rhode Island (Oct. 29)

10. Delaware Blue Hens

(6-1, 3-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 10
Week 8 Result: 38-7 win over Morgan State
Next Game: at Elon (Oct. 29)

11. Southeast Missouri Redhawks

(6-1, 2-0 Ohio Valley)
Previous Ranking: 14
Week 8 Result: 51-16 win at Northwestern State
Next Game: Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 29)

12. Idaho Vandals

(5-2, 4-0 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 16
Week 8 Result: 56-21 win over Portland State
Next Game: at Sacramento State (Oct. 29)

13. Montana Grizzlies

(5-2, 2-2 Big Sky)
Previous Ranking: 11
Week 8 Result: 31-24 (OT) loss at Sacramento State
Next Game: at Weber State (Oct. 29)

14. Jackson State Tigers

(7-0, 4-0 SWAC)
Previous Ranking: 15
Week 8 Result: 22-14 win over Campbell
Next Game: Southern (Oct. 29)

15. Samford Bulldogs

(6-1, 4-0 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 18
Week 8 Result: 55-45 win at ETSU
Next Game: The Citadel (Oct. 29)

16. Mercer Bears

(6-2, 4-1 Southern)
Previous Ranking: 9
Week 8 Result: 41-21 loss at Chattanooga
Next Game: at VMI (Oct. 29)

17. Southern Illinois Salukis

(5-3, 4-1 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 12
Week 8 Result: 27-24 loss at South Dakota
Next Game: Northern Iowa (Oct. 29)

18. New Hampshire Wildcats

(6-2, 5-0 CAA)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 8 Result: 40-22 win over Elon
Next Game: at Richmond (Nov. 5)

19. Richmond Spiders

(5-2, 3-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 20
Week 8 Result: 41-10 win at Hampton
Next Game: at Maine (Oct. 29)

20. Southeastern Louisiana Lions

(4-3, 1-1 Southland)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 8 Result: 31-14 win at Jacksonville State
Next Game: McNeese (Oct. 29)

21. North Dakota Fighting Hawks

(4-3, 3-2 Missouri Valley)
Previous Ranking: 17
Week 8 Result: 49-35 loss to South Dakota State
Next Game: Abilene Christian (Oct. 29)

22. Furman Paladins

(6-2, 4-1 Southern)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 8 Result: 41-3 win at VMI
Next Game: Chattanooga (Oct. 29)

23. Rhode Island Rams

(5-2, 3-1 CAA)
Previous Ranking: 23
Week 8 Result: 48-46 (7OT) win at Monmouth
Next Game: at William & Mary (Oct. 29)

24. Austin Peay Governors

(5-2, 5-1 ASUN-WAC)
Previous Ranking: 22
Week 8 Result: No game
Next Game: Jacksonville State (Oct. 29)

25(tie). Fordham Rams

(6-1, 2-0 Patriot)
Previous Ranking: 25 (tie)
Week 7 Result: No game
Next Game: at Holy Cross (Oct. 29)

25(tie). Princeton Tigers

(6-0, 3-0 Ivy)
Previous Ranking: Not Ranked
Week 8 Result: 37-10 win at Harvard
Next Game: Cornell (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.