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FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 9

FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 9

FCS Spring Rankings: Top 25 Power Poll Following Week 9

You remember the smile that came across your face when you were leaving the dentist's office at a young age and your mother said, "There, that wasn't so bad, was it?"

Well, yeah, it was a bit painful even though you made it through.

A similar feeling is spread across FCS campuses. There have been a lot of starts and stops while playing an unprecedented spring season during a pandemic, but the regular season finish line will arrive on Saturday, so it’s not so bad after all.

Conference titles and the first five playoff bids were clinched this past weekend, and more are on the way before the NCAA pairings will be released on Sunday.

Here's the Athlon FCS Power Poll following Week 9 games:

1. North Dakota State

(6-1, 5-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 1

Week 9 Result: 23-20 win at Northern Iowa

Next Game: April 17 vs. No. 3 South Dakota State

2. James Madison

(4-0, 2-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 2

Week 9 Result: No game

Next Game: April 17 vs. No. 14 Richmond

3. South Dakota State

(4-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 3

Week 9 Result: No game

Next Game: April 17 at No. 1 North Dakota State

4. Weber State

(5-0 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 4

Week 9 Result: 20-15 win over Idaho State

Next Game: FCS playoffs, April 24

5. North Dakota

(4-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 5

Week 9 Result: No game

Next Game: April 17 vs. Youngstown State

6. Sam Houston

(5-0 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 6

Week 9 Result: 27-13 win over McNeese

Next Game: April 17 at No. 25 UIW

7. Delaware

(4-0, 3-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 7

Week 9 Result: 34-14 win at Delaware State

Next Game: April 17 at No. 12 Villanova

8. Jacksonville State

(9-2, 6-1 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 10

Week 9 Result: 28-14 win at Murray State

Next Game: FCS playoffs, April 24

9. Eastern Washington

(5-1 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 8

Week 9 Result: 38-31 win over Idaho

Next Game: TBD

10. Missouri State

(5-4, 5-1 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 12

Week 9 Result: 21-10 win over Youngstown State

Next Game: TBD

Team of the Week

11. Monmouth

(3-0 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 14

Week 9 Result: 42-17 win over Kennesaw State

The Hawks claimed a second consecutive Big South title and their third playoff bid in the last four seasons. Their offense rolled behind QB Tony Muskett (19-for-23, 290 yards, 4 TDs), RB Juwon Farri (22 carries, 179 yards, 2 TDs) and WRs Lonnie Moore (8 receptions, 124 yards, 2 TDs) and Terrance Greene Jr. (5-119-1).

Next Game: FCS playoffs, April 24

12. Villanova

(2-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 11

Week 9 Result: No game

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Next Game: April 17 vs. No. 7 Delaware

13. UC Davis

(3-2 Big Sky)

Previous Ranking: 15

Week 9 Result: No game

Next Game: Regular season complete

14. Richmond

(3-0 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 16

Week 9 Result: Canceled at William & Mary

Next Game: April 17 at No. 2 James Madison

15. Southern Illinois

(4-3, 3-3 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 18

Week 9 Result: No game

Next Game: April 17 vs. No. 16 Southeastern Louisiana

16. Southeastern Louisiana

(4-2 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 23

Week 9 Result: 52-45 win at Nicholls

Next Game: April 17 at No. 15 Southern Illinois

17. Northern Iowa

(3-4 Missouri Valley)

Previous Ranking: 13

Week 9 Result: 23-20 loss to North Dakota State

Next Game: Regular season complete

18. Rhode Island

(2-1 CAA)

Previous Ranking: 17

Week 9 Result: No game

Next Game: Regular season complete

19. VMI

(5-1 Southern)

Previous Ranking: 19

Week 9 Result: No game

Next Game: April 17 vs. The Citadel

20. Kennesaw State

(4-1, 2-1 Big South)

Previous Ranking: 9

Week 9 Result: 42-17 loss at Monmouth

Next Game: Regular season complete

21. Austin Peay

(4-5, 4-2 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 24

Week 9 Result: Postponed at Eastern Illinois

Next Game: TBD

22. Murray State

(5-2 Ohio Valley)

Previous Ranking: 20

Week 9 Result: 28-14 loss to Jacksonville State

Next Game: TBD

23. Nicholls

(4-3, 3-3 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 21

Week 9 Result: 52-45 loss to Southeastern Louisiana

Next Game: Regular season complete

24. Mercer

(5-5, 5-2 Southern)

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Week 9 Result: 21-13 win over ETSU

Next Game: April 17 at Samford

25. UIW

(3-2 Southland)

Previous Ranking: 22

Week 9 Result: 49-47 loss to Northwestern State

Next Game: April 17 vs. No. 6 Sam Houston

— 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 Mark Brown Photos/Monmouth Athletics)