Jacksonville State Wins Automatic Bid And Remains At No. 1 in AGS Poll

Special to College Sports Journal

 

MISSOULA, MT. — Jacksonville State was one of four more teams to grab automatic bids and the Gamecocks’ win helped them stay on top of the Any Given Saturday FCS Top-25 poll this week.

 

JSU (9-1 overall, 7-0 in league) gave its home fans something to celebrate with its 56-28 victory over Southeast Missouri State to wrap up the Ohio Valley Conference title. 

 

The Gamecocks joined McNeese State (Southland) and Charleston Southern (Big South), who had clinched auto bids the previous week. Jacksonville State earned 81 of 83 first-place votes.

 

No. 2 North Dakota State (8-2, 6-1) was named on one first-place ballot after a big fourth-quarter comeback and controversial finish at Youngstown State in Missouri Valley Conference action. The Bison beat the then-No. 21 Penguins, 27-24.

 

McNeese State (9-0, 8-0) remained No. 3 in the poll after a bye week. The Cowboys, which received the other first-place vote, and Dayton (10-0, 7-0) are the only remaining undefeated teams in the Football Championship Subdivision.

 

Dayton clinched just the second-ever auto berth from the Pioneer Football League with a 28-21 win over Marist at home and were rewarded by earning the No. 25 spot in the poll.

 

In another battle of ranks teams, Chattanooga clinched the Southern Conference auto bid by holding off The Citadel, 31-23. The Mocs are ranked 10th this week, while the Bulldogs are No. 18.

 

Portland State (8-2, 5-2) and Coastal Carolina (9-1, 4-1) swapped places between seventh and ninth. The Vikings won a key Big Sky Conference battle with No. 13 Southern Utah in the final seconds, 24-23, to grab the seventh slot.

 

The Chantacleers beat Kennesaw State in Big South play at home, 45-13.

 

Charleston Southern (9-1, 6-0) jumped from 10th to eighth with its 31-24 triumph at home against Liberty in a Big South matchup.

 

South Dakota State, Illinois State and William & Mary all remained in the same spots in the top-10 at fourth, fifth and sixth after wins.

 

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 11 – 2015

Results for 11/16/2015 AGS Poll:

Rank

Team:

Total Points

First Place Votes

Previous Wk.

1

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

2073

81

1

2

North Dakota State Bison

1937

1

2

3

McNeese State Cowboys

1844

1

3

4

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

1830

 

4

5

Illinois State Redbirds

1748

 

5

6

William & Mary Tribe

1680

 

6

7

Portland State Vikings

1451

 

9

8

Charleston Southern Buccaneers

1400

 

10

9

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

1390

 

7

10

Chattanooga Mocs

1347

 

12

11

James Madison Dukes

1201

 

13

12

Northern Iowa Panthers

1097

 

14

13

Southern Utah Thunderbirds

954

 

11

14

Richmond Spiders

932

 

8

15

Sam Houston State Bearkats

861

 

18

16

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

699

 

20

17

Fordham Rams

659

 

19

18

The Citadel Bulldogs

650

 

15

19

Montana Grizzlies

507

 

28

20

North Carolina A&T Aggies

423

 

22

21

Central Arkansas Bears

399

 

25

22

Harvard Crimson

317

 

17

23

Dartmouth Big Green

282

 

23

24

Eastern Washington Eagles

224

 

16

25

Dayton Flyers

209

 

26

         
         
 

Most Significant Win:

     
 

Montana Grizzlies

     
         
 

Most Significant Loss:

     
 

Eastern Washington Eagles

     
         
 

ORV:

     

26

Villanova Wildcats

156

 

37

27

Youngstown State Penguins

99

 

21

28

North Dakota

97

 

35

29

New Hampshire Wildcats

88

 

34

30

Eastern Illinois Panthers

82

 

36

31

Towson Tigers

79

 

24

32

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

78

 

32

33

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

41

 

31

34

Pennsylvania Quakers

37

 

NR

35

Western Illinois Leathernecks

22

 

33

36

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks

21

 

27

37

Western Carolina Catamounts

20

 

30

38

Colgate Raiders

16

 

40

39

Grambling State Tigers

14

 

38

40

South Dakota Coyotes

9

 

29

         
         
         
 

Fell Out Of Poll:

     
         
 

Liberty Flames

   

39

 

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