Jacksonville State Is Back On Top Of FCS Poll After Beating Eastern Kentucky

Special to College Sports Journal

 

MISSOULA, MT. — It may have taken a few weeks, but Jacksonville State is back on top of the Any Given Saturday FCS Top-25 poll for the second time this season.

 

Jacksonville State and Illinois State swapped spots in the ninth week of, with the Gamecocks receiving 49 of 85 first-place votes in this week’s poll.

 

JSU (7-1 overall, 5-0 in conference) dominated Eastern Kentucky (5-3, 4-1), ranked No. 12 in the previous week’s poll, 34-0 at home in a showdown that might have decided the Ohio Valley Conference race.

 

Illinois State (7-1, 5-0) survived an upset bid at home by then-No. 24 Indiana State for a tighter-than-expected Missouri Valley Football Conference win. The Redbirds pulled in 34 first-place votes.

 

The only other team to received first-place support was No. 7 McNeese State (8-0, 7-0), which was named No. 1 on a single ballot. The Cowboys are now one of only two perfect teams in the Football Championship Subdivision, joining No. 16 Harvard (7-0, 4-0).

 

McNeese State stopped Abilene Christian in Southland Conference play on the road, 15-13. Harvard defeated No. 23 Dartmouth in a battle of previously unbeaten Ivy League squads, 14-13, with two touchdowns in the final quarter.

 

Other teams ahead of McNeese State n the top 10 include No. 3 Portland State, followed by Chattanooga, Richmond and North Dakota State. Eastern Washington, South Dakota State and William & Mary complete the top 10. 

 

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 9 – 2015

Results for 11/02/2015 AGS Poll:

Rank

Team:

Total Points

First Place Votes

Previous Wk.

1

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

2059

49

2

2

Illinois State Redbirds

2049

34

1

3

Portland State Vikings

1807

 

5

4

Chattanooga Mocs

1767

 

4

5

Richmond Spiders

1724

 

8

6

North Dakota State Bison

1695

 

6

7

McNeese State Cowboys

1512

1

9

8

Eastern Washington Eagles

1457

 

10

9

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

1395

 

11

10

William & Mary Tribe

1380

 

13

11

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

1151

 

3

12

Sam Houston State Bearkats

1112

 

14

13

James Madison Dukes

1045

 

7

14

Charleston Southern Buccaneers

1013

 

21

15

Southern Utah Thunderbirds

948

 

17

16

Harvard Crimson

811

 

16

17

Northern Iowa Panthers

741

 

18

18

The Citadel Bulldogs

643

 

22

19

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

562

 

12

20

Fordham Rams

411

 

15

21

Youngstown State Penguins

292

 

28

22

Indiana State Sycamores

241

 

24

23

North Carolina A&T Aggies

240

 

27

24

Dartmouth Big Green

195

 

23

25

Western Illinois Leathernecks

189

 

19

         
         
 

Most Significant Win:

     
 

Charleston Southern Buccaneers

     
         
 

Most Significant Loss:

     
 

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

     
         
 

ORV:

     

26

Dayton Flyers

154

 

30

27

Eastern Illinois Panthers

119

 

34

28

Towson Tigers

116

 

36

29

Central Arkansas Bears

89

 

NR

30

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

84

 

35

31

Montana Grizzlies

83

 

20

32

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

40

 

37

33

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks

39

 

32

34

Southern Illinois Salukis

32

 

31

35

North Dakota

31

 

NR

36

South Dakota Coyotes

15

 

26

37

Western Carolina Catamounts

12

 

29

38

Liberty Flames

6

 

NR

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