North Dakota State Storms Back To No. 1 In AGS Poll

Nate Moody of North Dakota State pulls in a long pass early in the second quarter against South Dakota State during their football game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Brookings, S.D. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo EditorSpecial to College Sports Journal

 

MISSOULA, MT. — North Dakota State used an impressive 28-7 road win over Missouri Valley Conference rival South Dakota State to soar back into the top spot as as Any Given Saturday released its Football Championship Subdivision Top-25 poll on Monday.

 

The Bison, coming off four consecutive FCS national championships, had been ranked No. 1 in the AGS preseason poll, but fell down the rankings after a season-opening loss at Montana. NDSU (3-1) received 30 of the 84 first-place votes and flopped spots at the top with Jacksonville State.

 

JSU, which had been ranked No. 1 for the four previous weeks, fell to No. 2 despite a 49-7 crushing of Mississippi Valley State. The Gamecocks (4-1)actually received the most first-place votes with 36.

 

 

Another team continuing to surge in the poll was James Madison (5-0), which held off Stony Brook for a 38-20 home win, just one week after beating the Football Bowl Subdivision’s SMU. The Dukes rose from fifth to third and picked up 10 first-place votes.

 

Coastal Carolina (5-0) stormed past Alabama A&M at home, 55-0, but fell one slot to No. 4. The Chanticleers received the other eight first-place votes.

 

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.

 

Results for 10/05/2015 AGS Poll:

Previous Wk.

Rank

Team:

Total Points

First Place Votes

2

1

North Dakota State Bison

2010

30

1

2

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

1994

36

5

3

James Madison Dukes

1899

10

3

4

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

1876

8

7

5

Illinois State Redbirds

1824

 

8

6

Chattanooga Mocs

1531

 

9

7

Eastern Washington Eagles

1452

 

4

8

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

1449

 

6

9

Northern Iowa Panthers

1384

 

12

10

Montana Grizzlies

1189

 

15

11

Youngstown State Penguins

1154

 

14

12

Fordham Rams

1093

 

16

13

Liberty Flames

960

 

19

14

Southeastern Louisiana Lions

731

 

17

15

Sam Houston State Bearkats

728

 

20

16

Indiana State Sycamores

706

 

21

17

McNeese State Cowboys

649

 

22

18

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

566

 

10

19

Portland State Vikings

513

 

18

20

Villanova Wildcats

476

 

24

21

Richmond Spiders

452

 

23

22

Harvard Crimson

432

 

11

23

Montana State Bobcats

421

 

13

24

William & Mary Tribe

372

 

25

25

New Hampshire Wildcats

249

 
         
         
   

Most Significant Win:

   
   

North Dakota State Bison

   
         
   

Most Significant Loss:

   
   

Portland State Vikings

   
         
   

ORV:

   

28

26

Furman Paladins

218

 

34

27

North Dakota

213

 

32

28

Western Illinois Leathernecks

174

 

26

29

Cal Poly Mustangs

142

 

NR

30

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

101

 

33

31

Dartmouth Big Green

67

 

31

32

Samford Bulldogs

53

 

27

33

Lamar Cardinals

47

 

29

34

Southern Illinois Salukis

34

 

35

35

Jacksonville Dolphins

30

 

36

36

Wofford Terriers

29

 

30

37

Stony Brook Seawolves

22

 

40

38

Yale Bulldogs

19

 

NR

39

Southern Utah Thunderbirds

12

 

37

40

Princeton Tigers

9

 
         
         
         
   

Fell Out Of Poll:

   
 

38

South Dakota Coyotes

   
 

39

Weber State Wildcats

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