FCS Top 25 Recap Extravaganza

This week was a wild weekend in the FCS with seven ranked teams falling. Not only did seven teams fall, several others were pushed to their limit before pulling away at the end.

Let’s take a look at the top 25 of the FCS and how every team finished the weekend.

#1 Sam Houston State 48, Northwestern State 16: Another week and another non-test for the top team in the land. The Bearkats led 41-13 at the half and cruised from there. Up next: #13 Central Arkansas.

#2 Jacksonville State 33, Murray State 15: Unable for put away a pesky Murray State squad, the Gamecocks finally broke through with 20 points in the fourth quarter for a much tougher than expected 18 point win. Up next: UT-Martin.

#3 Eastern Washington 48, Idaho State 17: Messing around for a half versus an overmatched Idaho State squad, the Eagles proved yet again that they are one of the teams to beat in the upcoming FCS playoffs. Up next: Portland State.

#4 North Dakota State 41, Indiana State 17: Another week and another win for the Bison. NDSU is 9-1 on the year and looking to win a ridiculous sixth straight national title at the FCS level. Up next: South Dakota.

#5 Citadel 30, VMI 20: Facing a three-win VMI squad, the Citadel had their hands full for a majority of the day, before holding on for a ten point win. Citadel improves to 10-0 on the year and all but guarantees a high seed in the playoffs. Up next: North Carolina.

#6 James Madison 20, #9 Villanova 7: In the marquee game of the day between two top ten teams, James Madison improved to 9-1 on the season in taking out fellow CAA mate Villanova. Up next: Elon.

#7 Chattanooga 28, Wofford 36: Facing a tricky team late in the season was too much for the Mocs to handle. Chattanooga drops to 8-2 on the season, but will have to make the playoffs as an at-large team rather than the Southern Conference Champs. Up next: Alabama.

#8 Richmond 31, Delaware 17: Holding a precarious seven point lead in the fourth quarter, the Spiders reminded everyone why they are a top ten team in a 31-17 CAA win over Delaware. Up next: William & Mary.

#9 Villanova 7, #6 James Madison 20: In the marquee game of the day between two top ten teams, James Madison improved to 9-1 on the season in taking out fellow CAA mate Villanova. Up next: Delaware.

#10 North Carolina A&T 45, Delaware State 14: After sleepwalking through the opening quarter, the Aggies took care of winless Delaware State. A&T is looking more and more like a top eight seed in the FCS playoffs. Up next: NC Central.

#11 South Dakota State 28, South Dakota 21: Facing in-state rival South Dakota at home, the Jackrabbits needed a touchdown run with 4:39 left to finally pull away for a hard fought 28-21 MVC win. Up next: Northern Iowa.

#12 North Dakota 38, Northern Arizona 31: Looking all out of sorts for the first three quarters, North Dakota scored 21 straight points in the final stanza to pull out a tough 38-31 win over conference rival Northern Arizona. Up next: Bye week.

#13 Central Arkansas 31, Nicholls 24: Facing a Nicholls team much better than their 5-4 record heading into the day, Central Arkansas needed two scores in the final 15 minutes to slip away with a 31-24 Southland win. Up next: #1 Sam Houston State.

#14 Charleston Southern 48, #25 Liberty 26: In one of two ranked versus ranked matchups of the weekend, the Buccaneers took Liberty out behind the woodshed in a 22 point win that was worse than the final score indicates. Up next: Kennesaw State.

#15 Coastal Carolina 31, Bryant 21: It took two fourth quarter touchdowns, but future Sun Belt football member Coastal Carolina improved to 8-2 with a 31-21 win over the Bryant Bulldogs. Up next: #25 Liberty.

#16 Cal Poly 15, Weber State 22: Another team to fall to the upset bug, Cal Poly’s postseason hopes are on life support after falling to unranked Weber State. The game winning score came on Brady May’s first career carry. Up next: Northern Colorado.

#17 Youngstown State 21, Southern Illinois 14: Facing an always game Southern Illinois squad, it took a great defensive effort in the final minutes for the Penguins to get to 7-3 on the year. Up next: Missouri State.

#18 Montana 25, Northern Colorado 28: In a conference matchup between longtime rivals, Northern Colorado may have ended the postseason og the Grizzlies in a 28-25 win. Up next: Montana State.

#19 Western Illinois 23, Northern Iowa 30: In a battle of longtime rivals, Northern Iowa withstood a late rally by the Leathernecks in pulling off an impressive upset win. Up next: Southern Illinois.

#20 Grambling State 21, Alabama State 0: Another top 25 team that was caught sleep walking for way too long, Grambling did just enough on offense and rode a dominant defense to their eight win of the year. Up next: Texas Southern.

#21 New Hampshire 25, Albany 36: In complete control for the first 30 minutes, it looked like UNH was headed to 7-3. Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks had other ideas in setting a school record with 298 yards on the ground. Up next: Maine.

#22 Samford 24, Mercer 19: Jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, Samford nearly lost to a below average Mercer squad. Instead, Samford improves to 7-3, looking to become an at-large pick for the FCS playoffs. Up next: ETSU.

#23 Lehigh: Bye week. Up next: Lafayette.

#24 Harvard 14, Penn 27: In a battle of the class of the Ivy League, Harvard could not defend their spot in the top 25 in falling 27-14 to Penn. Up next: Harvard.

#25 Liberty 26, #14 Charleston Southern 48: In one of two ranked versus ranked matchups of the weekend, the Buccaneers took Liberty out behind the woodshed in a 22 point win that was worse than the final score indicates. Up next: #15 Coastal Carolina.

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