College Sports Journal
PHILADELPHIA, PA. — Eastern Washington remained the No. 1 team for the second week in the ninth week of the College Sports Journal's Football Championship Subdivision Top-25 poll, coming off a tough 31-28 victory at home against Sacramento State in a key Big Sky Conference game.
The Eagles edged out Georgia Southern and North Dakota State, the two other teams to receive first-place votes in the poll. Georgia Southern and North Dakota State moved up one spot each to second and third in the rankings after wins.
Georgia Southern defeated rival Furman 38-17 on the road in Southern Conference play, while North Dakota State hammered South Dakota 54-0 in Missouri Valley Football Conference action at a neutral site.
A week after almost losing to William & Mary in a double-overtime thriller, James Madison tumbled from second to eighth with a 35-29 loss at Richmond in a CAA encounter. Richmond, with wins over ranked teams from Villanova and JMU, enters the poll for the first time at No. 25.
The Dukes were one of eight teams in the top 25 to lose on Saturday.
Southern Illinois made it first appearance in the poll at No. 24 with a 38-21 MVFC win at Youngstown State, which fell out of the rankings with its third consecutive loss.
Harvard dropped from 22nd with its 39-35 loss at Princeton and McNeese State fell from the poll after a 45-10 loss to Sam Houston State, which moved to No. 9 in this week's poll.
Appalachian State dropped from ninth to 15th with a 38-28 Southern Conference loss to Wofford, which moved back up to No. 7.
Illinois State plummeted from 16th to 19th with a stunning 24-17 loss to Missouri State and South Dakota State lost ground from 14th to 20th with a 27-6 loss at Northern Iowa, both in MVFC play.
Towson fell to 21st with a 31-20 loss at home to Old Dominion in CAA play, while ODU moved back to 12th.
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