Selection Sunday 2017 is here and with that comes the final regular season release of the AGS Poll. There wasn’t much movement at the top this week but towards the middle and bottom there was a figurative earthquake with 8 of the 11 teams ranked between #12 and #22 sustaining losses to end their regular season. The top 5 remained unchanged as James Madison went wire-to-wire as #1 in the regular season picking up all 64 first place votes after their undefeated regular season. North Dakota State, Central Arkansas, Jacksonville State, and South Dakota State all maintained their positions at #2-#5 after holding serve this week with wins.
As for teams moving up Samford jumped 5 spots to #13 after snapping Furman’s 7 game win streak. Kennesaw St was the biggest riser of the week jumping 7 spots to #17 after dominating Monmouth in the de facto Big South championship game. McNeese and Eastern Washington took advantage of teams in front of them losing to move up 4 and 5 spots to #19 and #20, respectively, despite winning games they were expected to win. Yale made their first appearance, and also the first appearance by an Ivy League team, in the top 25 this year jumping 5 spots to come in at #25 after finishing their season 9-1.
As for the teams that went the other way Furman dropped 4 spots to #18 after dropping their aforementioned game against Samford. Northern Arizona dropped 5 spots to #21 following their loss to Southern Utah. Several bubble teams like South Dakota, Furman, Northern Arizona, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Monmouth didn’t drop too far due to the teams around them all losing as the furthest any of those teams dropped was 3 spots. Montana dropped out of the top 25 after losing their final regular season game to in-state rival Montana State.
The CAA and MVFC led the way in terms of conference representation each placing 5 teams into the top 25. They were followed by the Big Sky with 4, the Southland and SOCON with 3 each, and the Big South with 2 teams in the top 25.
Full results below:
|Rank||Team||Total Points||First Place Votes|
|1||James Madison Dukes||1600||64|
|2||North Dakota State Bison||1512|
|3||Central Arkansas Bears||1449|
|4||Jacksonville State Gamecocks||1399|
|5||South Dakota State Jackrabbits||1370|
|6||Sam Houston State Bearkats||1227|
|7||Southern Utah Thunderbirds||1208|
|9||Stony Brook Seawolves||1032|
|10||Weber State Wildcats||1019|
|11||Western Illinois Leathernecks||995|
|12||North Carolina A&T Aggies||799|
|14||Northern Iowa Panthers||770|
|16||South Dakota Coyotes||593|
|17||Kennessaw State Owls||547|
|19||McNeese State Cowboys||441|
|20||Eastern Washington Eagles||407|
|21||Northern Arizona Lumberjacks||332|
|22||Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens||185|
|23||New Hampshire Wildcats||129|
|26||Grambling State Tigers||102|
|27||Sacramento State Hornets||83|
|28||Austin Peay Governors||71|
|30||Illinois State Redbirds||58|
|31||Nicholls State Colonels||39|
|33||Western Carolina Catamounts||18|
|35||Central Connecticut State Blue Devils||7|
|36||Youngstown State Penguins||4|
|37||San Diego Toreros||2|
NOTE: The FCS Selection Show begins at 11AM ET on ESPNU. Tune in to see if the AGS Poll can maintain it’s position as the top FCS poll in the nation in terms of projecting playoff teams and playoff seeds.