Top Nine In FCS Football Polls Remain Same

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Published on October 29 2013 10:28 am
Last Updated on October 29 2013 10:28 am
Written by Millie Lange

CHARLESTON, Ill. – The top nine schools in the both FCS football polls remained the same this week with Eastern Illinois at No. 2 following a 34-16 win over previous No. 21 Tennessee State on Saturday.  The Panthers are number two in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches poll for the second consecutive week.

EIU will host Tennessee Tech this Saturday for the Panthers Hall of Fame game at O’Brien Field.  Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. (Noon).  The first 500 adult fans will receive a free stadium blanket.  Tickets are available by calling 217-581-2106 or online at www.eiupanthertickets.com

The top of the two major FCS polls have differed slightly over the past two weeks as three unbeaten teams remain in the FCS after Harvard was knocked off this past weekend.  North Dakota State is No. 1 in both polls with an 8-0 record.  Coastal Carolina is number three in the FCS Coaches and number six in the Sports Network rankings with an 8-0 record.  Fordham is number eight in the FCS Coaches and number nine in the Sports Network poll with an 8-0 record.

The top ten in the FCS Coaches poll consists of North Dakota State, Eastern Illinois, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Washington, Montana State, Towson, McNeese State, Fordham, Sam Houston State and Youngstown State.  The remainder of the top 25 includes Maine at number eleven followed by Bethune-Cookman, Montana, Northern Arizona, Central Arkansas, Wofford, New Hampshire, Charleston Southern, Samford, South Dakota State, Lehigh, Villanova, James Madison, Tennessee State and Southeastern Louisiana.

The top ten in the Sports Network poll includes North Dakota State, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Washington, McNeese State, Montana State, Coastal Carolina, Towson, Sam Houston State, Fordham and Maine.  Youngstown State leads the remaining school ranked 11th followed by Montana, Bethune-Cookman, Northern Arizona, Samford, New Hampshire, Wofford, Central Arkansas, South Dakota State, Villanova, Delaware, Lehigh, Tennessee State, Charleston Southern and Southeastern Louisiana.

Delaware, Charleston Southern and Southeastern Louisiana were newly ranked teams in the Sports Network poll.  Samford and Southeastern Louisiana were the new teams entering the FCS Coaches Top 25.