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FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 5

FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 5

FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 5

If you want to stir up some controversy, simply rank the teams in FCS college football, like the wearied research staff of the Athlon FCS Top 25 Power Poll that was losing sleep long before daylight savings time.

A seemingly endless supply of upsets and close calls are causing a wild spring season, and leaving few fans around the nation with a sense of kumbaya.

On social media, they're all claiming discredit is being aimed at their favorite team.

Maybe, if it stirs the controversy (wink, wink).

Here's the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 5 games:

1. Weber State

(2-0 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 1

Week 5 Result: 18-13 win over UC Davis

Next Game: March 27 vs. Northern Arizona

2. North Dakota

(4-0 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 3

Week 5 Result: 38-21 win at Western Illinois

Next Game: March 20 at No. 4 North Dakota State

3. Southern Illinois

(4-1, 3-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 9

Week 5 Result: 17-16 win over Northern Iowa

Next Game: March 20 vs. No. 6 South Dakota State

4. North Dakota State

(4-1, 3-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 2

Week 5 Result: 21-13 win over Illinois State

Next Game: March 20 vs. No. 2 North Dakota

5. James Madison

(3-0, 1-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 4

Week 5 Result: Postponed vs. William & Mary

Next Game: March 20 vs. No. 21 Richmond

6. South Dakota State

(3-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 5

Week 5 Result: 19-17 win over Youngstown State

Next Game: March 20 at No. 3 Southern Illinois

Team of the Week

7. Sam Houston

(2-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 11

Week 5 Result: 71-17 win over Nicholls

The Bearkats have won eight straight home matchups versus a top-10 team, and this time they rocked Nicholls by their largest margin ever against a ranked opponent. Quarterback Eric Schmid threw for six touchdowns, including a pair to both Jequez Ezzard and Noah Smith.

Next Game: March 20 at Lamar

8. Jacksonville State

(6-1, 3-0 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 12

Week 5 Result: 37-20 win at UT Martin

Next Game: March 21 vs. Southeast Missouri

9. Delaware

(2-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 15

Week 5 Result: 31-3 win over Stony Brook

Next Game: March 20 at No. 19 New Hampshire

10. Kennesaw State

(2-0, 1-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 10

Week 5 Result: 24-19 win over Charleston Southern

Next Game: March 20 vs. Dixie State

11. Northern Iowa

(2-2 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 6

Week 5 Result: 17-16 loss at Southern Illinois

Next Game: March 20 vs. Missouri State

12. UC Davis

(1-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 20

Week 5 Result: 18-13 loss at Weber State

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Next Game: March 20 vs. Cal Poly

13. Nicholls

(3-1, 2-1 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 7

Week 5 Result: 71-17 loss at Sam Houston

Next Game: March 27 vs. No. 25 UIW

14. UAlbany

(1-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 13

Week 5 Result: 38-34 loss at Maine

Next Game: March 20 vs. Rhode Island

15. Eastern Washington

(2-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 16

Week 5 Result: 46-42 win at Idaho State

Next Game: March 27 vs. Cal Poly

16. Southeastern Louisiana

(2-1 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 19

Week 5 Result: 27-24 win over Northwestern State

Next Game: March 20 at No. 25 UIW

17. Chattanooga

(2-1, 2-0 Southern)

Previous Ranking: 21

Week 5 Result: No game

Next Game: March 20 at No. 20 Furman

18. Villanova

(1-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 8

Week 5 Result: 40-37 OT loss vs. Rhode Island

Next Game: March 27 vs. No. 19 New Hampshire

19. New Hampshire

(0-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 18

Week 5 Result: No game

Next Game: March 20 vs. No. 9 Delaware

20. Furman

(3-1 Southern)

Previous Ranking: 22

Week 5 Result: 17-13 win at ETSU

Next Game: March 20 vs. No. 17 Chattanooga

21. Richmond

(2-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 5 Result: 38-14 win at Elon

Next Game: March 20 at No. 5 James Madison

22. Murray State

(3-0 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 5 Result: 36-31 win at Tennessee Tech

Next Game: March 21 vs. Tennessee State

23. Monmouth

(0-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 23

Week 5 Result: Postponed at Robert Morris

Next Game: March 27 vs. Charleston Southern

24. Idaho

(1-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 24

Week 5 Result: Postponed at Northern Arizona

Next Game: March 27 vs. Southern Utah

25. UIW

(2-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 25

Week 5 Result: No game

Next Game: March 20 vs. No. 16 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 Brian Blalock/Sam Houston Athletics)