Selection Sunday is upon us and with that comes the final regular season release of the AGS Top 25 – releasing a day early to beat the playoff bracket reveal which will happen at 12:30PM ET on ESPNU. Week 12 provided some surprising results that shook up the top 25 and will undoubtedly shake up the playoff selections. Despite all the tumult below them all season South Dakota State has been the constant and it stayed that was as they were the unanimous #1 once again after completing a perfect 11-0 regular season. Moving into #2 behind them was Montana who reached a new season high in the top 25 after dominating their in-state rival Montana State. South Dakota moved up to #3 – tying a program high in the AGS Poll. Idaho climbed back up to #4 and Villanova made their first appearance in the top 5 this season moving up 4 spots to #5 after a dominating win over rival Delaware.
As for other teams moving up this week MVFC league-mates North Dakota, Southern Illinois, and Youngstown State used the chaos around them to move up 5 spots each to #12, #13, and #17 respectively. Lafayette made a 6 spot jump up to #19, their highest ranking in the AGS Poll since 2008, after finishing a solid 9-2 regular season. Richmond climbed into the top 25 to come in at #21 after their 6th straight win. UC Davis came from completely out of last week’s poll all the way up to #25 after an upset win over rival Sacramento State.
Teams falling this week were headlined by Furman who fell 7 spots to #9 after a taking a shocking loss to Wofford. Sacramento State fell 6 spots to #16 due to their aforementioned loss to UC Davis. Tennessee-Martin took an 8 spot hit down to #23 after dropping their game with Samford. Western Carolina plummeted 10 spots down to #24 after being upset by VMI and Northern Iowa and Harvard both fell out of the top 25 after dropping week 12 contests.
In terms of conference representation the MVFC led the way placing 6 teams into the top 25. They were followed by the Big Sky with 5 teams, and the CAA and SOCON with 4 teams each in the top 25. 10 conference were represented in this week’s top 25.
Full results below:
|Rank||Change||Team||Total Points||First Place Votes|
|1||–||South Dakota State Jackrabbits||1025||41|
|3||2||South Dakota Coyotes||941|
|6||2||Albany Great Danes||796|
|7||-3||Montana State Bobcats||742|
|8||3||North Dakota State Bison||734|
|10||3||Austin Peay Governors||606|
|11||-5||Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens||535|
|12||5||North Dakota Fighting Hawks||495|
|13||5||Southern Illinois Salukis||474|
|16||-6||Sac State Hornets||370|
|17||5||Youngstown State Penguins||323|
|18||1||North Carolina Central Eagles||267|
|20||-1||Florida A&M Panthers||246|
|22||1||Incarnate Word Cardinals||191|
|24||-10||Western Carolina Catamounts||159|
|25||NR||UC Davis Aggies||128|
|26||3||Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs||82|
|27||4||Holy Cross Crusaders||80|
|39||-9||Northern Iowa Panthers||44|
|31T||1||Eastern Illinois Panthers||36|
|33||-6||Central Arkansas Bears||31|
Most significant win: Montana Grizzlies
Most significant loss: Furman Paladins
Dropped out of the poll:
William & Mary Tribe
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