JSU Continues Stranglehold At No. 1, JMU Moves Up After Upset In AGS FCS Poll

Jacksonville State safety Brandon Bender leads the JSU D as they tackle UT Martin's Trent Garland during the JSU at UT Martin football game. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star.Special to College Sports Journal

 

MISSOULA, MT. — Jacksonville State retained its hold on first place and James Madison used its win over SMU to shoot into the top five as Any Given Saturday released its Football Championship Subdivision Top-25 poll on Monday.

 

The Gamecocks, who have been ranked No. 1 since the first week of the season, received 50 of 85 first-place votes after its tight, 48-41 victory over Tennessee-Martin to open Ohio Valley Conference play.

The rest of the top four in the poll remained the same.

 

Four-time defending national champion North Dakota State is No. 2 after a bye week and picked up six first-place votes. Coastal Carolina, which struggled at times in its 31-17 victory over Bryant, is third with 12 No. 1 votes.

 

South Dakota State thumped Robert Morris 34-10 to receive six first-place votes and is fourth.

 

James Madison displaced Northern Iowa at No. 5 after blowing a late lead, but coming from behind for its 48-45 victory on the road over Football Bowl Subdivision foe SMU. UNI was idle and dropped to sixth.

 

 

No. 6 Illinois State earned one first-place vote, but fell one spot to No. 7 in an off week, while Portland State received the other first-place vote and moved from 12th to 10th after dispatching Division II Western Oregon, 31-0.

 

No. 8 Chattanooga, a 21-0 winner over Presbyterian, and No. 10 Eastern Washington, which earned an important, come-from-behind Big Sky victory at Sacramento State, completed the top 10.

The 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.

 

Results for 09/28/2015 AGS Poll:

 

Previous Week

Rank

Team

Total Points

First Place Votes

1

1

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

2064

50

2

2

North Dakota State Bison

1926

6

3

3

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

1895

12

4

4

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

1871

6

8

5

James Madison Dukes

1821

9

5

6

Northern Iowa Panthers

1681

 

6

7

Illinois State Redbirds

1667

1

11

8

Chattanooga Mocs

1419

 

10

9

Eastern Washington Eagles

1338

 

12

10

Portland State Vikings

1272

1

18

11

Montana State Bobcats

1090

 

13

12

Montana Grizzlies

1004

 

19

13

William & Mary Tribe

1001

 

14

14

Fordham Rams

964

 

16

15

Youngstown State Penguins

888

 

9

16

Liberty Flames

695

 

17

17

Sam Houston State Bearkats

671

 

7

18

Villanova Wildcats

515

 

20

19

Southeastern Louisiana Lions

490

 

21

20

Indiana State Sycamores

470

 

24

21

McNeese State Cowboys

469

 

23

22

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

448

 

25

23

Harvard Crimson

356

 

28

24

Richmond Spiders

224

 

27

25

New Hampshire Wildcats

195

 
         
         
   

Most Significant Win:

   
   

James Madison Dukes

   
         
   

Most Significant Loss:

   
   

Villanova Wildcats

   
         
   

ORV:

   

15

26

Cal Poly Mustangs

187

 

29

27

Lamar Cardinals

148

 

30

28

Furman Paladins

147

 

NR

29

Southern Illinois Salukis

119

 

22

30

Stony Brook Seawolves

114

 

26

31

Samford Bulldogs

97

 

31

32

Western Illinois Leathernecks

77

 

35T

33

Dartmouth Big Green

62

 

35T

34

North Dakota

54

 

37

35

Jacksonville Dolphins

34

 

38

36

Wofford Terriers

34

 

NR

37

Princeton Tigers

28

 

39

38

South Dakota Coyotes

25

 

NR

39

Weber State Wildcats

18

 

NR

40

Yale Bulldogs

14

 
         
         
   

Fell Out Of Poll:

   
 

34

Bryant Bulldogs

   
 

32

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

   
 

40

Southern Jaguars

   
 

33

Towson Tigers

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