Jacksonville State Remains On Top Of Poll As Four Of Top-Five Teams Fall

Jacksonville State football coach John Grass gets doused with ice water following the Gamecocks' 56-28 victory over Southeast Missouri on Saturday. The win clinched the Ohio Valley Conference championship. Photo courtesy of Steve Latham/NW Georgia NewsSpecial to College Sports Journal

 

MISSOULA, MT. — It was a Saturday of chaos in the Football Championship Subdivision ranks, with four of the top five teams and five top-10 teams altogether in the Any Given Saturday FCS Top-25 losing.

 

The only team in the top five to win was No. 1-ranked Jacksonville State (8-1 overall, 6-0 in league), which remained in the top spot after a 24-3 victory at Eastern Illinois in Ohio Valley Conference play. 

 

The Gamecocks received 83 out of 84 first-places, with undefeated McNeese State picking up the other top ballot.

 

McNeese State (9-0, 8-0) became the first team to clinch an automatic bid to the 24-team FCS playoffs this season with its come-from-behind, 27-10 victory at home over Sam Houston State (6-3, 5-2). 

 

The win clinched at least a share of the Southland Conference title for the Cowboys, who moved from seventh to No. 3.

 

Sam Houston State dropped from 12th to 18th with the defeat.

 

Illinois State (7-2, 5-1) lost at South Dakota State (7-2, 4-2), 25-20, in Missouri Valley Football Conference action to fall from No. 2 to fifth. SDSU rose from ninth to No. 4 with the win.

 

Portland State (7-2, 4-2) lost in the final seconds at resurgent Northern Colorado, 35-32, in a key Big Sky Conference matchup to drop from No. 3 to ninth.

 

Chattanooga (7-2, 5-1) took a tumble from fourth to No. 12 with its 17-14 Southern Conference loss to Mercer.

 

Richmond (7-2, 5-1) continued to struggle in its matchup with New Hampshire (5-4, 3-3), falling 30-25 on the road in Colonial Athletic Association play and skidded from fifth to eighth.

 

UNH kept its slim hopes alive of keeping the longest consecutive streak of playoff appearances alive with the triumph.

 

And Eastern Washington (6-3, 5-1) was pummeled at home by Northern Arizona (6-3, 4-2), 52-30, in another Big Sky showdown.

 

The Eagles fell from No. 8 to 16th, while the Lumberjacks broke into the poll at No. 20.

 

Two other top-25 teams also lost.

 

Eastern Kentucky (5-4, 4-2) dropped from No. 19 completely out of the poll with its home OVC defeat to Tennessee-Martin, 42-35.

 

Indiana State (4-5, 2-4) also plummeted from 22nd out of the poll with a 59-13 humbling in MVFC action at Northern Iowa (5-4, 3-3). UNI from 17th to 14th in the new poll.

 

Taking advantage of all of those losses were North Dakota State, William & Mary, Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern among the top 10.

 

North Dakota State (7-2, 5-1) jumped from sixth to No. 2 after beating up on Western Illinois, 59-7, at home in the MVFC.

 

William & Mary (7-2, 5-1) also constructed an easy win, scoring early and often for its 34-13 CAA triumph at Elon. The Tribe vaulted from 10th to sixth.

 

Coastal Carolina (8-1, 3-1) pulled back into the top 10 with a 46-0 blanking at home of Gardner-Webb in Big South Conference play. The Chanticleers jumped from 11th to No. 7.

 

Charleston Southern, which beat CCU a week earlier, continued to surge with its 28-14 Big South road win over FCS newcomer Kennesaw State (6-3, 2-2).

 

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 10 – 2015

Results for 11/09/2015 AGS Poll:

Rank

Team:

Total Points

First Place Votes

Previous Wk.

1

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

2099

83

1

2

North Dakota State Bison

1959

 

6

3

McNeese State Cowboys

1860

1

7

4

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

1834

 

9

5

Illinois State Redbirds

1736

 

2

6

William & Mary Tribe

1651

 

10

7

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

1321

 

11

8

Richmond Spiders

1316

 

5

9

Portland State Vikings

1285

 

3

10

Charleston Southern Buccaneers

1282

 

14

11

Southern Utah Thunderbirds

1241

 

15

12

Chattanooga Mocs

1218

 

4

13

James Madison Dukes

1179

 

13

14

Northern Iowa Panthers

947

 

17

15

The Citadel Bulldogs

902

 

18

16

Eastern Washington Eagles

843

 

8

17

Harvard Crimson

817

 

16

18

Sam Houston State Bearkats

674

 

12

19

Fordham Rams

478

 

20

20

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

413

 

30

21

Youngstown State Penguins

411

 

21

22

North Carolina A&T Aggies

352

 

23

23

Dartmouth Big Green

231

 

24

24

Towson Tigers

212

 

28

25

Central Arkansas Bears

203

 

29

         
         
 

Most Significant Win:

     
 

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

     
         
 

Most Significant Loss:

     
 

Portland State Vikings

     
         
 

ORV:

     

26

Dayton Flyers

172

 

26

27

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks

152

 

33

28

Montana Grizzlies

85

 

31

29

South Dakota Coyotes

67

 

36

30

Western Carolina Catamounts

63

 

37

31

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

62

 

19

32

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

61

 

32

33

Western Illinois Leathernecks

34

 

25

34

New Hampshire Wildcats

31

 

NR

35

North Dakota

29

 

35

36

Eastern Illinois Panthers

28

 

27

37

Villanova Wildcats

13

 

NR

38T

Grambling State Tigers

8

 

NR

38T

Liberty Flames

8

 

38

40

Colgate Raiders

7

 

NR

         
         
         
 

Fell Out Of Poll:

     
         
 

Indiana State Sycamores

   

22

 

Southern Illinois Salukis

   

34

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