Jacksonville State Takes Over FCS Top Spot In AGS Weekly Poll

Jacksonville State vs. Chattanooga 2015 (Times Free Press)Special to College Sports Journal

MISSOULA, MT. — Jacksonville State survived for a 23-20 victory over Chattanooga in its opening game of the 2015 season and was rewarded by vaulting to first place in the Any Given Saturday Football Championship Subdivision Top-25 poll. 

Traditionally the most accurate poll in FCS since it was started over a decade ago, the AGS poll (www.anygivensaturday.com) is the only major poll in the subdivision that is voted on by fans of the sport.

It is also the only truly moderated poll that ranks FCS teams, with College Sports Journal executive editor David Coulson and CSJ publisher Chuck Burton among its voters since the beginning of the poll

Jacksonville State received 14 first-place votes after a tumultuous first two weekends of play and 1844 points to narrowly beat Coastal Carolina — a 38-35 winner against Furman — by five points. A total of 84 votes were cast this week.

No. 2 Coastal Carolina had 17 first-place votes, while No. 3 Sam Houston State — a 59-45 loser at FBS Texas Tech — had the most first-place votes with 20. Preseason No. 1 and four-time defending NCAA champion North Dakota State slipped to fourth in the poll after losing at Montana 38-25 in its opener the previous weekend.

Other teams receiving first-place votes included No. 5 Illinois State (a 31-14 loser to FBS Iowa) with six, No. 6 Villanova (a 20-15 loser to FBS Connecticut) with three, No. 8 South Dakota State (a 41-38 winner over FBS Kansas) with two, No. 9 Eastern Washington (a 61-42 loser at AP No. 7-ranked Oregon) with seven and No. 10 Cal Poly (a 20-19 winner at No. 7 Montana) with three.

Look for the AGS FCS Top-25 poll every week at College Sports Journal.

The complete poll is below:

 

 

Team:

Total Points

                                     First Place Votes

1

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

1844

14

2

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

1839

17

3

Sam Houston State Bearkats

1792

20

4

North Dakota State Bison

1780

12

5

Illinois State Redbirds

1649

6

6

Villanova Wildcats

1575

3

7

Montana Grizzlies

1529

 

8

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

1494

2

9

Eastern Washington Eagles

1462

7

10

Cal Poly Mustangs

1136

3

11

Montana State Bobcats

1114

 

12

James Madison Dukes

1033

 

13

Liberty Flames

1025

 

14

Chattanooga Mocs

1017

 

15

New Hampshire Wildcats

865

 

16

Youngstown State Penguins

751

 

17

Fordham Rams

741

 

18

Southeastern Louisiana Lions

739

 

19

Northern Iowa Panthers

727

 

20

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

521

 

21

Indiana State Sycamores

418

 

22

Idaho State Bengals

335

 

23

Portland State Vikings

332

1

24

William & Mary Tribe

270

 

25

Samford Bulldogs

265

 
    
    
 

Most Significant Win:

  

Cal Poly Mustangs (T)

Montana Grizzlies (T)

Portland State Vikings (T)

 
    
 

Most Significant Loss:

  
 

North Dakota State Bison

  
    
 

Other Teams Receiving Votes:

  

26

Western Illinois Leathernecks

241

 

27

North Dakota

208

 

28

Harvard Crimson

155

 

29

Richmond Spiders

154

 

30

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

149

 

31

Southern Illinois Salukis

131

 

32

McNeese State Cowboys

77

 

33

Western Carolina Catamounts

47

 

34

Furman Paladins

43

 

35

Towson Tigers

21

 

36

Jacksonville Dolphins

20

 

37

Wofford Terriers

13

 

38

Holy Cross Crusaders

12

 

39

Tennessee State Tigers

11

 

40

Bryant Bulldogs

10

 

 

For comparison, the preseason FCS Top-25 poll from AGS was as follows:

1North Dakota State Bison2134(77)
2Illinois State Redbirds1999(6)
3Sam Houston State Bearkats1863 
4Villanova Wildcats1795(2)
5Coastal Carolina Chanticleers1772 
6Chattanooga Mocs1625 
7New Hampshire Wildcats1577 
8Eastern Washington Eagles1455(1)
9Jacksonville State Gamecocks1436 
10Northern Iowa Panthers1306 
11Montana State Bobcats1157 
12Montana Grizzlies1041 
13Liberty Flames975 
14James Madison Dukes951 
15Youngstown State Penguins854 
16South Dakota State Jackrabbits805 
17Southeastern Louisiana Lions536 
18Eastern Kentucky Colonels497 
19Indiana State Sycamores442 
20Idaho State Bengals421 
21Richmond Spiders415 
22Harvard Crimson362 
23Fordham Rams356 
24Eastern Illinois Panthers267 
25Cal Poly Mustangs232 
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 Other Teams Receiving Votes:  
26Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks224 
27McNeese State Cowboys216 
28William & Mary Tribe210 
29Samford Bulldogs155 
30Western Carolina Catamounts153 
31Central Arkansas Bears92 
32Maine Black Bears75 
33Southern Illinois Salukis69 
34Northern Arizona Lumberjacks59 
35Western Illinois Leathernecks52 
36Sacred Heart Pioneers49 
37Bethune-Cookman Wildcats39 
38Wofford Terriers35 
39Jackson State Tigers33 
40Dartmouth Big Green30

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