James Madison Leaps To No. 1 In The AGS Top-25 FCS Poll

JMU 2015 (WRIC)Special to College Sports Journal

 

MISSOULA, MT. — For the second time in three weeks, there is a new team atop the Any Given Saturday FCS Top-25 poll in seventh-week voting as James Madison vaulted into first place Monday after North Dakota State’s shocking 24-21 loss to South Dakota on Saturday.

 

James Madison, which has been gaining support each week since its 48-45 victory against SMU last month, soared into the top spot with 46 first place votes after demolishing Elon, 51-0, on the road in Colonial Athletic Association action on Saturday.

 

The Dukes improved to 7-0, the best record in FCS this season.

 

Four-time defending national champion North Dakota State, which has dropped two games in the same season for the first time since 2010 — before its title run — fell all the way to eighth in the poll and did not receive a first-place vote for the first time this season.

 

 

The Bison (4-2) had been the consensus No. 1 team in the country in preseason voting, but dropped out of the top spot after a season-opening loss to current-22nd-ranked Montana. 

 

The loss by NDSU on Saturday in Missouri Valley Conference play at the Fargodome, which came on a 33-yard field goal by South Dakota’s Miles Bergner as time expired, was the second loss in the final seconds for the Bison.

 

Jacksonville State, which had been ranked No. 1 earlier this season until being displaced by NDSU two weeks ago, stayed at No. 2 as JMU leapfrogged the Gamecocks. The Gamecocks (5-1) received 31 of 85 first-place votes after handling Tennessee State, 42-13, Saturday in Ohio Valley Conference play on the road.

 

Illinois State (5-1) moved up one position to No. 4 and picked up four first-place votes following Saturday’s MVFC road beating of Missouri State, 38-2.

 

Coastal Carolina (6-0) jumped one slot to No. 4 and received the other four first-place votes. The Chanticleers had a bye last week.

 

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 7 – 2015

 

Results for 10/19/2015 AGS Poll:

Previous Wk.

Rank

Team:

Total Points

First Place Votes

3

1

James Madison Dukes

2061

46

2

2

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

2039

31

4

3

Illinois State Redbirds

1976

4

5

4

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

1827

4

7

5

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

1712

 

6

6

Chattanooga Mocs

1649

 

8

7

Eastern Washington Eagles

1515

 

1

8

North Dakota State Bison

1510

 

11

9

Portland State Vikings

1455

 

10

10

McNeese State Cowboys

1397

 

12

11

Fordham Rams

1077

 

15

12

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

1060

 

14

13

Sam Houston State Bearkats

1044

 

16

14

Richmond Spiders

1032

 

17

15

William & Mary Tribe

1015

 

23

16

Western Illinois Leathernecks

866

 

21

17

Indiana State Sycamores

683

 

19

18

Harvard Crimson

657

 

13

19

Youngstown State Penguins

463

 

31

20

Southern Utah Thunderbirds

386

 

9

21

Northern Iowa Panthers

373

 

26

22

Dartmouth Big Green

345

 

22

23

Montana Grizzlies

329

 

34T

24

Charleston Southern Buccaneers

210

 

18

25

Montana State Bobcats

184

 
         
         
   

Most Significant Win:

   
   

South Dakota Coyotes

   
         
   

Most Significant Loss:

   
   

North Dakota State Bison

   
         
   

ORV:

   

NR

26

The Citadel Bulldogs

113

 

32

27

Villanova Wildcats

96

 

NR

28

South Dakota Coyotes

86

 

24

29

New Hampshire Wildcats

65

 

NR

30

Weber State Wildcats

65

 

NR

31

North Carolina A&T Aggies

64

 

20

32

Southeastern Louisiana Lions

45

 

28

33

Cal Poly Mustangs

38

 

40

34

Dayton Flyers

32

 

NR

35

Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks

29

 

34T

36T

Jacksonville Dolphins

26

 

38

36T

Furman Paladins

26

 

33

38T

North Dakota

21

 

30

38T

Southern Illinois Salukis

21

 

NR

40

Western Carolina Catamounts

11

 
         
   

Fell Out Of Poll:

   
 

36T

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

   
 

39

Campbell Fighting Camels

   
 

29

Lamar Cardinals

   
 

25

Liberty Flames

   
 

36T

Princeton Tigers

   
 

27

Samford Bulldogs

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