Illinois State Replaces James Madison At The Top Of AGS Poll

Illinois State Football 2015  (WJBC)Special College Sports Journal

 

MISSOULA, MT. — A number one ranking seems to be a jinx to teams in the Any Given Saturday FCS Top-25 poll, with Illinois State jumping into the top spot in eighth-week voting after James Madison lost to Richmond, 59-49, on Saturday.

 

Illinois State received 48 of 88 first-place votes following its 48-28 home victory over Western Illinois in Missouri Valley Football Conference play to edge out Jacksonville State by 15 points.

 

The Redbirds (6-1) had been third in the previous week’s poll with only four first-place votes last week.

Jacksonville State (6-1) cruised to a 27-7 win over Austin Peay on the road in Ohio Valley Conference play and picked up 35 first-place votes.

 

Coastal Carolina (7-0) was the only other team to garner first-place support, with five top ballots after holding off Monmouth 23-20 in a Big South away game on a last-second field goal. That boosted the Chanticleers to third in the AGS poll.

 

Chattanooga (6-1) also had a close call, beating Wofford 20-17 on a final-play field goal in a Southern Conference road game.

 

Portland State (6-1) was a third top-10 team to win at the wire on a field goal for a road victory, beating Cal Poly 38-35 in Big Sky play. The Vikings, who hold two Football Championship Subdivision wins this season, continues their ascent up the poll by moving from ninth to fifth.

 

North Dakota State, which got back on the winning track by beating then-No. 17 Indiana State 28-14 at home in MVFC action, hopped up from No. 8 to No. 6.

 

JMU (7-1) dropped from first to seventh, inexplicably one position ahead of the Richmond (6-1) team that beat the Dukes on Saturday. Richmond rose from 14th to No. 8.

 

Reports out of JMU have said that JMU quarterback Vad Lee may be out for the season after suffering a foot injury in the second half.

 

McNeese State (7-0) advanced one slot to No. 9 with its 47-27 triumph at home in Southland Conference play against Northwestern State and Eastern Washington (5-2) fell from seventh to 10 after a close 43-41 win at Northern Colorado in another game decided by a late field goal.

 

By losing to then-No. 21 Northern Iowa 10-7 at home in a MVFC game, South Dakota State plummeted from No. 5 to No. 11. It was the second loss in three weeks for the Jackrabbits (5-2).

 

The fan-based and moderated AGS poll has been widely recognized as the most accurate in FCS since its debut as a fan-based voting service over a decade ago.

 

Readers can read more about the poll and other FCS topics at www.anygivensaturday.com.

 

AGS Poll Results – WEEK 8 – 2015

Results for 10/26/2015 AGS Poll:

Previous Wk.

Rank

Team:

Total Points

First Place Votes

3

1

Illinois State Redbirds

2152

48

2

2

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

2137

35

4

3

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

1842

5

6

4

Chattanooga Mocs

1736

 

9

5

Portland State Vikings

1684

 

8

6

North Dakota State Bison

1674

 

1

7

James Madison Dukes

1671

 

14

8

Richmond Spiders

1658

 

10

9

McNeese State Cowboys

1540

 

7

10

Eastern Washington Eagles

1514

 

5

11

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

1265

 

12

12

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

1122

 

15

13

William & Mary Tribe

1115

 

13

14

Sam Houston State Bearkats

1103

 

11

15

Fordham Rams

1039

 

18

16

Harvard Crimson

726

 

20

17

Southern Utah Thunderbirds

687

 

21

18

Northern Iowa Panthers

529

 

16

19

Western Illinois Leathernecks

526

 

23

20

Montana Grizzlies

459

 

24

21

Charleston Southern Buccaneers

447

 

26

22

The Citadel Bulldogs

413

 

22

23

Dartmouth Big Green

395

 

17

24

Indiana State Sycamores

294

 

25

25

Montana State Bobcats

218

 
         
         
   

Most Significant Win:

   
   

Richmond Spiders

   
         
   

Most Significant Loss:

   
   

James Madison Dukes

   
         
   

ORV:

   

28

26

South Dakota Coyotes

129

 

31

27

North Carolina A&T Aggies

121

 

19

28

Youngstown State Penguins

81

 

NR

29

Western Carolina Catamounts

77

 

34

30

Dayton Flyers

62

 

38T

31

Southern Illinois Salukis

61

 

35

32

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks

38

 

32

33

Southeastern Louisiana Lions

24

 

NR

34

Eastern Illinois Panthers

20

 

NR

35

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

13

 

NR

36

Towson Tigers

10

 

NR

37

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

7

 

33

38

Cal Poly Mustangs

4

 

NR

39

Grambling State Tigers

3

 

NR

40

Brown Bears

2

 
         
         
   

Fell Out Of Poll:

   
 

36T

Furman Paladins

   
 

36T

Jacksonville Dolphins

   
 

29T

New Hampshire Wildcats

   
 

38T

North Dakota

   
 

27

Villanova Wildcats

   
 

29T

Weber State Wildcats

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