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AGS Poll: Final 2018 Top 25 Results

With the completion of the 2018 FCS season last Saturday comes the final release of the AGS poll this season. Due to the fact that there were 5 rounds of playoff games for voters to mull over we saw quite a bit of churn especially towards the bottom half of the poll from the final regular season poll. Not surprisingly North Dakota State was the unanimous #1 going wire-to-wire this year after winning their 7th FCS title in the last 8 years. They were followed by runner-up Eastern Washington at #2 and semifinalists South Dakota State and Maine at #3 and #4, respectively. UC Davis climbed up a spot to #5 to round out the top 5.

As for teams making big leaps they were headlined by Northern Iowa who jumped up 11 spots to #14 after beating Lamar in the first round and giving UC Davis all they could handle in the second round. Southeast Missouri State climbed up 8 spots to a season high at #15 after upsetting Stony Brook in the first round. Montana State rose 5 spots to #16 after a solid win over Incarnate Word in the first round. Duquesne shot up 11 spots to make their first ever appearance in the AGS top 25 coming in at #21 following their surprising (and convincing) first round win over Towson. Lamar also cracked the AGS top 25 for the first time ever rising 2 spots to come in at #25 after taking UNI to the wire in the first round.

Surprisingly enough there wasn’t much for big drops in this poll. Teams like Weber State, Stony Brook, and Elon took modest 4 spots drops to #7, #19, and #23 after falling a bit short of expectations in the playoffs. Indiana State also dropped 4 spots to #24 and Furman dropped 5 spots and out of the top 25 to #27 despite being (somewhat controversially) left out of the playoff field. The biggest fall of this poll belonged to Towson who plummeted 13 spots all the way out of the top 25 finishing at #26 after a lopsided first round upset loss to Duquesne.

The CAA led the way placing 6 teams into the top 25. They were followed by the Big Sky and MVFC who each had 4 and the Ivy League, OVC, SOCON, and Southland who each had 2 teams in the top 25. In all there were 11 conferences represented in the top 25 and all 14 conferences (including FCS Independents) were represented in the poll including the ORV teams.

Full results below:

Rank Change Team Total Points First Place Votes
1 North Dakota State Bison 1775 71
2 Eastern Washington Eagles 1701
3 2 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 1620
4 5 Maine Black Bears 1499
5 1 UC Davis Aggies 1462
6 -2 Kennesaw State Owls 1374
7 -4 Weber State Wildcats 1366
8 Colgate Raiders 1313
9 -2 James Madison Dukes 1142
10 1 Wofford Terriers 1061
11T 1 Nicholls State Colonels 973
11T -1 Princeton Tigers 973
13 1 Jacksonville State Gamecocks 802
14 11 Northern Iowa Panthers 705
15 8 Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 682
16 5 Montana State Bobcats 598
17 North Carolina A&T Aggies 555
18 -2 Dartmouth Big Green 538
19 -4 Stony Brook Seawolves 375
20 -2 Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens 357
21 11 Duquesne Dukes 333
22 2 East Tennessee State Buccaneers 332
23 -4 Elon Phoenix 326
24 -4 Indiana State Sycamores 255
25 2 Lamar Cardinals 249
ORV:
26 -13 Towson Tigers 228
27 -5 Furman Paladins 166
28 San Diego Toreros 108
29 -3 Incarnate Word Cardinals 96
30T 5 Alcorn State Braves 20
30T -1 Idaho State Bengals 20
32 2 Illinois State Redbirds 18
33 -3 Monmouth Hawks 13
34 4 Harvard Crimson 12
35 -2 Samford Bulldogs 8
36T -5 Rhode Island Rams 7
36T NR Western Illinois Leathernecks 7
38 -2 Chattanooga Mocs 3
39 NR Montana Grizzlies 2
40 NR North Dakota Fighting Hawks 1

Dropped out of the poll:
Eastern Kentucky Colonels
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

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