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FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 4

FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 4

FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 4

Survive and advance.

The slogan generally references the postseason, but it's fast become a part of the FCS spring regular season, where a shortened, mostly conference schedule has produced a playoff-like atmosphere complete with upsets and close calls for ranked teams.

Whew!

Here's the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 4 games:

1. Weber State

(1-0 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 1

Week 4 Result: Postponed at Cal Poly

Next Game: March 13 vs. No. 20 UC Davis

2. North Dakota State

(3-1, 2-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 3

Week 4 Result: 25-0 win at Missouri State

Next Game: March 13 vs. No. 17 Illinois State

3. North Dakota

(3-0 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 4

Week 4 Result: 21-10 win over South Dakota

Next Game: March 13 at Western Illinois

4. James Madison

(3-0, 1-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 2

Week 4 Result: 20-17 win at Elon

Next Game: March 13 vs. William & Mary

5. South Dakota State

(2-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 5

Week 4 Result: 45-10 win over Western Illinois

Next Game: March 13 vs. Youngstown State

6. Northern Iowa

(2-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 6

Week 4 Result: 20-10 win over Illinois State

Next Game: March 13 at No. 9 Southern Illinois

7. Nicholls

(3-0, 1-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 7

Week 4 Result: 31-24 win at Northwestern State

Next Game: March 13 at No. 11 Sam Houston

8. Villanova

(1-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 8

Week 4 Result: 16-13 win at Stony Brook

Next Game: March 13 vs. Rhode Island

9. Southern Illinois

(3-1, 2-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 9

Week 4 Result: 30-22 win at Youngstown State

Next Game: March 13 vs. No. 6 Northern Iowa

10. Kennesaw State

(1-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 10

Week 4 Result: No game

Next Game: March 13 vs. Charleston Southern

11. Sam Houston

(1-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 11

Week 4 Result: No game

Next Game: March 13 vs. No. 7 Nicholls

12. Jacksonville State

(5-1, 2-0 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 13

Week 4 Result: 38-16 win at Tennessee State

Next Game: March 14 at UT Martin

13. UAlbany

(1-0 CAA)

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Previous Ranking: 16

Week 4 Result: 24-20 win at New Hampshire

Next Game: March 13 at Maine

14. South Dakota

(1-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 12

Week 4 Result: 21-10 loss at North Dakota

Next Game: March 13 vs. Missouri State

Team of the Week

15. Delaware

(1-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 24

Week 4 Result: 37-0 win over Maine

Dejoun Lee returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to jumpstart the Blue Hens' shutout, their first since 2018 and just their third since 2011. They held Maine to 112 yards, the fewest since surrendering the same total to Delaware State on Sept. 17, 2011.

Next Game: March 13 vs. Stony Brook

16. Eastern Washington

(1-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 20

Week 4 Result: 45-13 win over Northern Arizona

Next Game: March 13 at Idaho State

17. Illinois State

(0-2 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 14

Week 4 Result: 20-10 loss at Northern Iowa

Next Game: March 13 at No. 2 North Dakota State

18. New Hampshire

(0-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 15

Week 3 Result: 24-20 loss to UAlbany

Next Game: March 20 vs. No. 15 Delaware

19. Southeastern Louisiana

(1-1 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 18

Week 4 Result: 25-20 win over McNeese

Next Game: March 13 vs. Northwestern State

20. UC Davis

(1-0 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 4 Result: 27-17 win at Idaho

Next Game: March 13 at No. 1 Weber State

21. Chattanooga

(2-1, 2-0 Southern)

Previous Ranking: 22

Week 4 Result: 25-24 OT win at The Citadel

Next Game: March 20 at No. 23 Furman

22. Furman

(2-1 Southern)

Previous Ranking: 23

Week 4 Result: 44-37 OT win over Samford

Next Game: March 13 at ETSU

23. Monmouth

(0-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 21

Week 4 Result: No game

Next Game: March 13 at Robert Morris

24. Idaho

(1-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 17

Week 4 Result: 27-17 loss to UC Davis

Next Game: March 13 at Northern Arizona

25. UIW

(2-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 25

Week 4 Result: 42-20 win over Lamar

Next Game: March 20 vs. No. 19 Southeastern Louisiana

— 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 China Wong/UAlbany Athletics)