FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 7

Results go more to form as teams position themselves for April stretch drive

Let's face it: It hasn't taken until Thursday (April 1) for the FCS spring college football season to make a fool out of all of us.

 

Well, everybody can breathe a little easier today — the often topsy-turvy action went more to form this past weekend. At least with the games played during a second straight weekend full of postponements and cancellations.

 

Here's the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 7 games:

 

1. North Dakota State

(5-1, 4-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 1

Week 7 Result: Canceled at South Dakota

Next Game: April 3 vs. No. 3 South Dakota State

 

2. James Madison

(4-0, 2-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 4

Week 7 Result: 38-10 win at William & Mary

Next Game: April 3 at No. 19 Richmond

 

3. South Dakota State

(4-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 3

Week 7 Result: No game

Next Game: April 3 at No. 1 North Dakota State

 

4. Weber State

(3-0 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 2

Week 7 Result: 28-23 win over Northern Arizona

Next Game: April 3 at Southern Utah

 

5. North Dakota

(4-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 5

Week 7 Result: Postponed at Youngstown State

Next Game: April 3 vs. No. 14 Missouri State

 

6. Sam Houston

(3-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 6

Week 7 Result: No game

Next Game: April 1 at Northwestern State

 

7. Delaware

(3-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 9

Week 7 Result: 31-17 win at Rhode Island

Next Game: April 3 vs. UAlbany

 

8. UC Davis

(3-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 8

Week 7 Result: 31-27 win over Idaho State

Next Game: April 3 vs. No. 10 Eastern Washington

 

9. Eastern Washington

(3-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 13

Week 7 Result: 62-10 win over Cal Poly

Next Game: April 3 at No. 9 UC Davis

 

10. Kennesaw State

(3-0, 1-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 11

Week 7 Result: Postponed at Gardner-Webb

Next Game: April 3 vs. Robert Morris

 

11. Jacksonville State

(7-2, 4-1 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 7

Week 7 Result: 13-10 loss to Austin Peay

Next Game: April 3 at Eastern Illinois

 

12. Nicholls

(4-1, 3-1 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 16

Week 7 Result: 75-45 win over UIW

Next Game: April 3 at McNeese

 

13. VMI

(5-0 Southern)

Previous Ranking: 25

Week 7 Result: 36-31 win at Wofford

Next Game: April 3 vs. ETSU

 

Team of the Week

14. Missouri State

(4-4, 4-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 23

Week 7 Result: 30-27 win over Southern Illinois

After kicking down the door to the power poll last week, head coach Bobby Petrino's Bears made it three straight MVFC wins on Jose Pizano's game-winning, 33-yard field goal as time expired against SIU. Running back Celdon Manning totaled 182 yards from scrimmage and scored four touchdowns.

Next Game: April 3 at No. 5 North Dakota

 

15. Northern Iowa

(3-3 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 17

Week 7 Result: 34-20 win at Western Illinois

Next Game: April 2 at South Dakota

 

16. Villanova

(1-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 18

Week 7 Result: Postponed vs. New Hampshire

Next Game: April 3 at No. 22 Maine

 

17. Murray State

(5-0 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 22

Week 7 Result: 41-27 win over Eastern Illinois

Next Game: April 3 at Austin Peay

 

18. Monmouth

(1-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 7 Result: 35-17 win over Charleston Southern

Next Game: April 3 at Gardner-Webb

 

19. Richmond

(3-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 7 Result: 31-17 win over Elon

Next Game: April 3 vs. No. 2 James Madison

 

20. Rhode Island

(2-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 15

Week 7 Result: 31-17 loss to Delaware

Next Game: April 3 vs. No. 25 New Hampshire

 

21. Southern Illinois

(4-3, 3-3 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 10

Week 7 Result: 30-27 loss at Missouri State

Next Game: April 10 vs. Western Illinois

 

22. Maine

(2-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 19

Week 7 Result: No game

Next Game: April 3 vs. No. 16 Villanova

 

23. Idaho

(2-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 24

Week 7 Result: 33-32 win over Southern Utah

Next Game: April 3 at Idaho State

 

24. Chattanooga

(3-2, 3-1 Southern)

Previous Ranking: 12

Week 7 Result: 35-28 loss to Mercer

Next Game: April 3 at Western Carolina

 

25. New Hampshire

(0-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 21

Week 7 Result: Postponed at Villanova

Next Game: April 3 at No. 20 Rhode Island

 

Also Considered: Furman (3-2 Southern); UIW (3-1 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 James Madison Athletics)

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