FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 2

Team of the Week North Dakota acts like North Dakota State while entering the rankings

As the FCS spring season began to take shape this past weekend, there wasn't a big feeling-out process within the Athlon Sports FCS Top 25 Power Poll.

 

Some teams went for the knockout blow while making their opening case within what's the most unusual of seasons. North Dakota, the Team of the Week (see below), fired off one of the more impressive haymakers.

 

Here's the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 2 games:

 

1. North Dakota State

(2-0, 1-0 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 1

Week 2 Result: 25-7 win over Youngstown State

Next Game: Feb. 27 at No. 20 Southern Illinois

 

2. Weber State

(0-0 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 2

Week 2 Result: No game

Next Game: Feb. 27 at Idaho State

 

3. James Madison

(1-0, 0-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 4

Week 2 Result: 52-0 win over Morehead State

Next Game: Feb. 27 vs. Robert Morris

 

4. South Dakota State

(1-0 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 5

Week 2 Result: 24-20 win at Northern Iowa

Next Game: Feb. 27 at No. 13 North Dakota

 

5. Northern Iowa

(0-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 3

Week 2 Result: 24-20 loss to South Dakota State

Next Game: Feb. 27 at Youngstown State

 

6. Kennesaw State

(0-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 6

Week 2 Result: No game

Next Game: Feb. 27 vs. Shorter

 

7. Villanova

(0-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 7

Week 2 Result: No game

Next Game: March 6 at Stony Brook

 

8. Nicholls

(1-0, 0-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 8

Week 2 Result: 87-3 win over Lincoln (Mo.)

Next Game: Feb. 27 vs. Lamar

 

9. Illinois State

(0-0 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 9

Week 2 Result: Postponed at Missouri State

Next Game: Feb. 27 vs. South Dakota

 

10. Sam Houston

(0-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 10

Week 2 Result: Postponed at UIW

Next Game: Feb. 27 vs. No. 11 Southeastern Louisiana

 

11. Southeastern Louisiana

(0-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 11

Week 2 Result: No game

Next Game: Feb. 27 at No. 10 Sam Houston

 

12. Eastern Washington

(0-0 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 12

Week 2 Result: No game

Next Game: Feb. 27 at No. 23 Idaho

 

Team of the Week

13. North Dakota

(1-0 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 2 Result: 44-21 win over Southern Illinois

Accustomed to facing easy opposition in home openers, the Fighting Hawks didn't get that in their first-ever MVFC game yet still made it 33 straight wins in such games. They overwhelmed the Salukis, forcing five turnovers, including Devon Krzanowski's 36-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Redshirt freshman Tommy Schuster had three touchdown passes in his first career start.

Next Game: Feb. 27 vs. No. 4 South Dakota State

 

14. Furman

(1-0 Southern)

Previous Ranking: 15

Week 2 Result: 35-7 win over Western Carolina

Next Game: Feb. 27 at VMI

 

15. New Hampshire

(0-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 14

Week 2 Result: No game

Next Game: March 5 vs. No. 17 Albany

 

16. Jacksonville State

(3-1, 0-0 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 16

Week 2 Result: Postponed at Tennessee State

Next Game: Feb. 27 vs. Tennessee Tech

 

17. Albany

(0-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 18

Week 2 Result: No game

Next Game: March 5 at No. 15 New Hampshire

 

18. Wofford

(1-0 Southern)

Previous Ranking: 20

Week 2 Result: 31-14 win over Mercer

Next Game: Feb. 27 at Chattanooga

 

19. Monmouth

(0-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 21

Week 2 Result: No game

Next Game: March 13 at Robert Morris

 

20. Southern Illinois

(1-1, 0-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 13

Week 2 Result: 44-21 loss at North Dakota

Next Game: Feb. 27 vs. No. 1 North Dakota State

 

21. Delaware

(0-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 22

Week 2 Result: No game

Next Game: March 6 vs. Maine

 

22. Southeast Missouri

(0-1, 0-0 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 23

Week 2 Result: Postponed vs. Murray State

Next Game: Feb. 28 at Eastern Illinois

 

23. Idaho

(0-0 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 24

Week 2 Result: No game

Next Game: Feb. 27 vs. No. 12 Eastern Washington

 

24. McNeese

(1-0, 0-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 1 Result: 40-37, double-OT win at Tarleton

Next Game: Feb. 27 vs. UIW

 

25. South Carolina State

(0-0 Non-conference)

Previous Ranking: 25

Week 2 Result: No game 

Next Game: March 6 at Howard

 

— 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 Russell Hons/North Dakota Athletics)

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