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FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 10

FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 10

FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 10

It seems everybody is as uncertain about the FCS playoffs as they've been in a long time.

Of course, it's only fitting for an unprecedented spring season that's had one wild week of results after another.

South Dakota State, the Athlon FCS Team of the Week, secured the top playoff seed after defeating North Dakota State this past Saturday.

Here's the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 10 games. The final rankings will be released on May 17 — one day after the national championship game:

1. James Madison

(5-0, 3-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 2

Week 10 Result: 23-6 win over Richmond

Next Game: FCS playoff first round vs. No. 14 VMI (April 24)

Team of the Week

2. South Dakota State

(5-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 3

Week 10 Result: 27-17 win at North Dakota State

The Jackrabbits earned a share of the MVFC title and its automatic bid to the playoffs plus the Dakota Marker trophy while ending North Dakota State's 32-game home winning streak and nine-year run as conference champion. Freshman QB Mark Gronowski threw a touchdown pass and surpassed 100 rushing yards (126) for the third time.

Next Game: FCS playoff first round vs. Holy Cross (April 24)

3. Weber State

(5-0 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 4

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: FCS playoff first round vs. No. 12 Southern Illinois (April 24)

4. Sam Houston

(6-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 6

Week 10 Result: 42-14 win at UIW

Next Game: FCS playoff first round vs. No. 11 Monmouth (April 24)

5. Delaware

(5-0, 4-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 7

Week 10 Result: 27-20 win at Villanova

Next Game: FCS playoff first round vs. Sacred Heart (April 24)

6. North Dakota State

(6-2, 5-2 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 1

Week 10 Result: 27-17 loss to South Dakota State

Next Game: FCS playoff first round vs. No. 9 Eastern Washington (April 24)

7. North Dakota

(4-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 5

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: FCS playoff first round vs. No. 10 Missouri State (April 24)

8. Jacksonville State

(9-2, 6-1 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 8

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: FCS playoff first round vs. Davidson (April 24)

9. Eastern Washington

(5-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 9

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: FCS playoff first round at No. 6 North Dakota State (April 24)

10. Missouri State

(5-4, 5-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 10

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: FCS playoff first round at No. 7 North Dakota (April 24)

11. Monmouth

(3-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 11

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: FCS playoff first round at No. 4 Sam Houston (April 24)

12. Southern Illinois

(5-3, 4-3 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 15

Week 10 Result: 55-48 win over Southeastern Louisiana

Next Game: FCS playoff first round at No. 3 Weber State (April 24)

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13. UC Davis

(3-2 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 13

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: Season complete

14. VMI

(6-1 Southern)

Previous Ranking: 19

Week 10 Result: 31-17 win over The Citadel

Next Game: FCS playoff first round at No. 1 James Madison (April 24)

15. Northern Iowa

(3-4 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 17

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: Season complete

16. Richmond

(3-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 14

Week 10 Result: 23-6 loss at James Madison

Next Game: Season complete

17. Southeastern Louisiana

(4-3 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 16

Week 10 Result: 55-48 loss at Southern Illinois

Next Game: Season complete

18. Rhode Island

(2-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 18

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: Season complete

19. Villanova

(2-2 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 12

Week 10 Result: 27-20 loss to Delaware

Next Game: Season complete

20. Kennesaw State

(4-1, 2-1 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 20

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: Season complete

21. Austin Peay

(4-5, 4-2 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 21

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: Season complete

22. Murray State

(5-2 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 22

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: Season complete

23. Nicholls

(4-3, 3-3 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 23

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: Season complete

24. ETSU

(4-2, 4-2 Southern)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 10 Result: No game

Next Game: Season complete

25. Samford

(4-3, 4-3 Southern)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 10 Result: 44-20 win over Mercer

Next Game: Season complete

— 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.fcs.football. He appears frequently on radio shows and podcasts to discuss everything FCS. Follow him on Twitter @CraigHaley.

(Photo courtesy of GoJacks.com/South Dakota State Athletics)