Illinois State University has dropped four spots to number six in the latest STATS FCS poll following a 25-20 loss at South Dakota State on Saturday. In turn, SDSU leaped the Redbirds and joined the top five at number five.

There was a lot of movement atop the national rankings this week, as four new teams find themselves in the top five. North Dakota State is back in the top five at number two following a 59-7 drubbing of Western Illinois on Saturday. McNeese State jumped six spots to number three in the nation, as the undefeated Cowboys defeated Sam Houston State over the weekend. Coastal Carolina sneaks back in at number four, as the Chanticleers responded well after falling to Charleston Southern a week prior, beating Gardner-Webb 46-0. The aforementioned South Dakota State also jumped six spots after defeating formerly second-ranked Illinois State in Brookings. Illinois State, Chattanooga, Eastern Washington and Richmond all fell over the weekend, dropping the schools from the top five. All schools remain in good standing, however, as they remain in the top 10 in the polls.

Portland State dropped five spots following a 35-32 loss at Northern Colorado. Charleston Southern kept its six-game win streak alive with a win over Kennesaw State. The Buccaneers, who defeated Coastal Carolina a week ago, find themselves at number 11 in the country.

Grambling State joins the top-25 party as the Tigers have also won seven games in a row, most recently defeating Texas Southern. Formerly ranked Indiana State made way for the Tigers following a 59-13 loss at Northern Iowa, which dropped the Sycamores from the polls.

The MVFC has five total teams in the top 25, including two in the top five and three in the top 10. In addition to North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Illinois State being in the top 10, Northern Iowa (17) and Youngstown State (20) are probably the best two five-win, four-loss teams in the country. The Panthers and Penguins are doing all they can to earn a bid for the FCS playoffs. It will certainly not be an easy task, as two more weeks of MVFC action are coming both teams’ way.

Jacksonville State remains number one in the country. The Gamecocks have yet to falter in FCS action. Jacksonville State will host Southeast Missouri State on Saturday.

  1. Jacksonville State
  2. North Dakota State
  3. McNeese State
  4. Coastal Carolina
  5. South Dakota State
  6. Illinois State
  7. William & Mary
  8. Chattanooga
  9. Richmond
  10. Eastern Washington
  11. Charleston Southern
  12. Harvard
  13. Sam Houston State
  14. James Madison
  15. Portland State
  16. Fordham
  17. Northern Iowa
  18. Southern Utah
  19. North Carolina (A&T)
  20. Youngstown State
  21. Citadel
  22. Montana
  23. Dartmouth
  24. Eastern Kentucky
  25. Grambling State

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