Week 13 was wild across the FCS landscape with 3 teams presumably in the playoff seeds losing and a few losses on that top 25 bubble line. I don’t envy the playoff selection committee ahead of today’s bracket reveal (selection show will be aired on ESPNU at 12:30PM ET). Despite the turmoil behind them the top 2 remained the same as they have since week 1 with North Dakota State and James Madison taking the top 2 spots in that order. Sacramento State moved up 1 spot to #3 to set yet another program record for highest ranking ever in the AGS Poll. Weber State also moved up 1 spot to #4 and Montana State moved up 3 spots to #5 following their impressive win over in-state rival and previously 3rd ranked Montana.
As for the other teams moving up Northern Iowa also made a 3 spot leap to #6 after several teams in front of them took losses. Nicholls moved up 6 spots to #19 after their thrilling win over Southland rival Southeastern Louisiana that secured them the Southland’s automatic bid to the playoffs. Albany moved back into the top 25 after a 3 week absence making a 6 spot jump up to #20 after finishing the regular season 8-4 and in sole possession of 2nd place in the CAA. Yale also climbed into the top 25 for the first time this year moving up 2 spots to #25 after finishing their 2019 campaign at 9-1.
The teams moving down were headlined by Montana who tumbled 4 spots down to #7 following their aforementioned loss to Montana State. South Dakota State dropped 3 spots to #9 after being stunned by rival South Dakota. Fellow MVFC conference-mate Illinois St took a 6 spot dive down to #13 after being upset by Youngstown State. Despite being on the verge of beating Nicholls and securing the Southland auto Southeastern Louisiana fell 4 spots to #22. Florida A&M and Towson both fell out of the top 25 after being upset yesterday.
In terms of conference representation the MVFC led the way placing 5 teams into the top 25. They were followed by the Big Sky with 4 (all within the top 7), the CAA and Southland with 3 each, and the Big South, Ivy League, OVC, and SOCON who each put 2 teams into the top 25. 10 conference, including FCS Independents, were represented in this week’s top 25.
Full results below:
|Rank||Change||Team||Total Points||First Place Votes|
|1||–||North Dakota State Bison||1850||74|
|2||–||James Madison Dukes||1776|
|3||1||Sac State Hornets||1652|
|4||1||Weber State Wildcats||1646|
|5||3||Montana State Bobcats||1548|
|6||3||Northern Iowa Panthers||1414|
|9||-3||South Dakota State Jackrabbits||1133|
|11||2||Central Arkansas Bears||998|
|12||–||Southeast Missouri State Redhawks||976|
|13||-6||Illinois State Redbirds||896|
|14||–||Austin Peay Governors||851|
|15||–||Central Connecticut State Blue Devils||822|
|18||2||North Dakota Fighting Hawks||538|
|19||6||Nicholls State Colonels||505|
|20||6||Albany Great Danes||446|
|21||2||Dartmouth Big Green||293|
|22||-4||Southeastern Louisiana Lions||280|
|23||1||Kennesaw State Owls||259|
|24||-2||Southern Illinois Salukis||250|
|26||-7||Florida A&M Rattlers||133|
|27||1||San Diego Torreros||132|
|28||1||North Carolina A&T Aggies||97|
|29||1||South Carolina State Bulldogs||59|
|31||2||Eastern Washington Eagles||33|
|33||NR||New Hampshire Wildcats||11|
|36T||NR||Sam Houston State Bearkats||2|
|38||NR||McNeese State Cowboys||1|
Most significant win: Montana State Bobcats
Most significant loss: South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Dropped out of the poll:
Maine Black Bears
The Citadel Bulldogs
UC Davis Aggies
The FCS Playoffs Selection Show will be aired on ESPNU at 12:30PM ET today.