FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 3

Behind Southern Illinois' blowout of North Dakota State, the madness arrived before March

Call it the wildest weekend in the history of February college football, but, make no mistake, the FCS results in Week 3 would have been breathtaking if it was October or November.

 

Starting from the top with No. 1 North Dakota State and the end of its FCS-record 39-game winning streak, eight teams in the Athlon Power Poll suffered losses. That has led to Weber State taking over the top ranking.

 

Here’s the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 3 games:

 

1. Weber State

(1-0 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 2

Week 3 Result: 49-21 win at Idaho State

Next Game: March 13 vs. UC Davis

 

2. James Madison

(2-0, 0-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 3

Week 3 Result: 36-16 win over Robert Morris

Next Game: March 6 at Elon

 

3. North Dakota State

(2-1, 1-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 1

Week 3 Result: 38-14 loss at Southern Illinois

Next Game: March 6 at Missouri State

 

4. North Dakota

(2-0 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 13

Week 3 Result: 28-17 win over South Dakota State

Next Game: March 4 vs. No. 12 South Dakota

 

5. South Dakota State

(1-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 4

Week 3 Result: 28-17 loss at North Dakota

Next Game: March 6 vs. Western Illinois

 

6. Northern Iowa

(1-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 5

Week 3 Result: 21-0 win at Youngstown State

Next Game: March 6 vs. No. 14 Illinois State

 

7. Nicholls

(2-0, 0-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 8

Week 3 Result: 55-0 win over Lamar

Next Game: March 6 at Northwestern State

 

8. Villanova

(0-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 7

Week 3 Result: No game

Next Game: March 6 at Stony Brook

 

Team of the Week

9. Southern Illinois

(2-1, 1-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 20

Week 3 Result: 38-14 win over North Dakota State

Romeir Elliott and Javon Williams Jr. both rushed for two touchdowns and the Salukis ended the three-time defending national champ's FCS-record 39-game winning streak. They possessed the ball for 41 minutes, 26 seconds, more than three minutes longer than any NDSU opponent during its Division I era (since 2004).

Next Game: March 6 at Youngstown State

 

10. Kennesaw State

(1-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 6

Week 3 Result: 35-3 win over Shorter

Next Game: March 13 vs. Charleston Southern

 

11. Sam Houston

(1-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 10

Week 3 Result: 43-38 win over Southeastern Louisiana

Next Game: March 13 vs. No. 7 Nicholls

 

12. South Dakota

(1-0 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 3 Result: 27-20 win at Illinois State

Next Game: March 4 at No. 4 North Dakota

 

13. Jacksonville State

(4-1, 1-0 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 16

Week 3 Result: 27-10 win over Tennessee Tech

Next Game: March 7 at Tennessee State

 

14. Illinois State

(0-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 9

Week 3 Result: 27-20 loss to South Dakota

Next Game: March 6 at No. 6 Northern Iowa

 

15. New Hampshire

(0-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 15

Week 3 Result: No game

Next Game: March 5 vs. No. 16 Albany

 

16. Albany

(0-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 17

Week 3 Result: No game

Next Game: March 5 at No. 15 New Hampshire

 

17. Southeast Missouri

(1-1, 1-0 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 22

Week 3 Result: 47-7 win at Eastern Illinois

Next Game: March 7 vs. Murray State

 

18. Idaho

(1-0 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 23

Week 3 Result: 28-21 win over Eastern Washington

Next Game: March 6 vs. UC Davis

 

19. Southeastern Louisiana

(0-1 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 11

Week 3 Result: 43-38 loss at Sam Houston

Next Game: March 6 vs. McNeese

 

20. Eastern Washington

(0-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 12

Week 3 Result: 28-21 loss at Idaho

Next Game: March 6 vs. Northern Arizona

 

21. Monmouth

(0-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 19

Week 3 Result: No game

Next Game: March 13 at Robert Morris

 

22. Chattanooga

(1-1, 1-0 Southern)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 3 Result: 24-13 win over Wofford

Next Game: March 6 at THe Citadel

 

23. Furman

(1-1 Southern)

Previous Ranking: 14

Week 3 Result: 14-13 loss at VMI

Next Game: March 6 vs. Samford

 

24. Delaware

(0-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 21

Week 3 Result: No game

Next Game: March 6 vs. Maine

 

25. Incarnate Word

(1-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 3 Result: 48-20 win at McNeese

Next Game: March 6 at Lamar

 

— 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 Southern Illinois Athletics)

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