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FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 6

FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 6

FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 6

The Athlon FCS Power Poll is back to where it started in the preseason: three-time defending national champ North Dakota State at No. 1 and Weber State at No. 2.

For good measure, James Madison, the 2019 national runner-up, is in its original No. 4 spot. South Dakota State is pretty close to its preseason No. 5, but better at No. 3.

All of the above are terrific, showing flaws at times. That notion clearly reflects in North Dakota State's 38-14 loss at Southern Illinois last month — the second-worst since the Bison's Division I era began in 2004 — but they're still as good as any FCS team this spring. Perhaps it should take more than one subpar game to remove the dynasty out of the top spot.

Here's the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 6 games:

Team of the Week

1. North Dakota State

(5-1, 4-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 4

Week 6 Result: 34-13 win over North Dakota

Playing for the first time in the spring season after dealing with a shoulder injury, sophomore fullback Hunter Luepke rumbled for a 55-yard touchdown in the first minute and the Bison never trailed in claiming their 32nd straight home win. Luepke went on to set career highs for carries (28), rushing yards (190), and TDs (3).

Next Game: March 27 at South Dakota

2. Weber State

(2-0 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 1

Week 6 Result: No game

Next Game: March 27 vs. Northern Arizona

3. South Dakota State

(4-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 6

Week 6 Result: 44-3 win at Southern Illinois

Next Game: March 27 vs. Illinois State

4. James Madison

(3-0, 1-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 5

Week 6 Result: Postponed vs. Richmond

Next Game: March 27 at William & Mary

5. North Dakota

(4-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 2

Week 6 Result: 34-13 loss at North Dakota State

Next Game: March 27 at Youngstown State

6. Sam Houston

(3-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 7

Week 6 Result: 62-7 win at Lamar

Next Game: April 1 at Northwestern State

7. Jacksonville State

(7-1, 4-0 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 8

Week 6 Result: 21-3 win over Southeast Missouri

Next Game: March 28 vs. Austin Peay

8. UC Davis

(2-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 12

Week 6 Result: 73-24 win over Cal Poly

Next Game: March 27 vs. Idaho State

9. Delaware

(2-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 9

Week 6 Result: Postponed at New Hampshire

Next Game: March 27 at No. 15 Rhode Island

10. Southern Illinois

(4-2, 3-2 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 3

Week 6 Result: 44-3 loss to South Dakota State

Next Game: March 27 at No. 23 Missouri State

11. Kennesaw State

(3-0, 1-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 10

Week 6 Result: 37-27 win over Dixie State

Next Game: March 27 at Gardner-Webb

12. Chattanooga

(3-1, 3-0 Southern)

Previous Ranking: 17

Week 6 Result: 20-18 win at Furman

Next Game: March 27 vs. Mercer

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13. Eastern Washington

(2-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 15

Week 6 Result: No game

Next Game: March 27 vs. Cal Poly

14. UIW

(3-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 25

Week 6 Result: 56-45 win over Southeastern Louisiana

Next Game: March 27 at No. 16 Nicholls

15. Rhode Island

(2-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 6 Result: 17-10 OT win at UAlbany

Next Game: March 27 vs. Stony Brook

16. Nicholls

(3-1, 2-1 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 13

Week 6 Result: No game

Next Game: March 27 vs. No. 14 UIW

17. Northern Iowa

(2-3 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 11

Week 6 Result: 13-6 loss to Missouri State

Next Game: March 27 at Western Illinois

18. Villanova

(1-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 18

Week 6 Result: No game

Next Game: Postponed vs. No. 21 New Hampshire

19. Maine

(2-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 6 Result: 35-19 win at Stony Brook

Next Game: April 3 vs. No. 18 Villanova

20. UAlbany

(1-2 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 14

Week 6 Result: 17-10 OT loss vs. Rhode Island

Next Game: March 27 vs. Stony Brook

21. New Hampshire

(0-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 19

Week 6 Result: Postponed vs. Delaware

Next Game: Postponed at No. 18 Villanova

22. Murray State

(3-0 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 22

Week 6 Result: Tennessee State

Next Game: March 28 vs. Eastern Illinois

23. Missouri State

(3-4, 3-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 6 Result: 13-6 win at Northern Iowa

Next Game: March 27 vs. No. 10 Southern Illinois

24. Idaho

(1-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 24

Week 6 Result: No game

Next Game: March 27 vs. Southern Utah

25. VMI

(4-0 Southern)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 6 Result: 38-37 OT win at Samford

Next Game: March 27 at Wofford

Others Considered: Furman (3-2 Southern), Monmouth (0-0 Big South), Richmond (2-0 CAA), Southeastern Louisiana (2-2 Southland)

— 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 Tim Sanger/NDSU Athletics)