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FCS Rankings Week 2: Villanova drops after tough loss in Boston

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Football stays among the top-10, despite dropping from number-five this week.

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Villanova's loss at FBS Boston College wasn't an upset, but strong performances by a couple of programs, including fellow CAA members Towson, helped to push the Wildcats down three slots in The Sports Network's FCS Top-25 Poll and 2 spots down in the FCS Coaches Poll. The now eighth and eleventh-ranked Villanova program is one of six from the CAA football conference to land in the polls this week.

The Towson Tigers, despite a decisive upset win over UConn on Thursday, received no first place votes in the TSN Poll while moving up to fifth. North Dakota State have retained the top spot with 145 first place votes (out of 152), while the other seven first place votes went to Eastern Washington, who scored an upset over #25-ranked Oregon State.

Other CAA teams listed in the TSN poll included New Hampshire (11), Richmond (15), Stony Brook (17) and JMU (20). Delaware (29th) and William & Mary (33rd) also received votes.

The Sports Network FCS Top-25 College Football Poll

Team (First-place votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (145) 1-0 3,793 1
2. Eastern Washington Eagles (7) 1-0 3,564 4
3. Montana State Bobcats 1-0 3,319 2
4. Sam Houston State Bearkats 1-0 3,267 3
5. Towson Tigers 1-0 2,874 11
6. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 1-0 2,744 6
7. Central Arkansas Bears 1-0 2,557 7
8. Villanova Wildcats 0-1 2,470 5
9. Northern Iowa Panthers 1-0 2,357 17
10. Georgia Southern Eagles 1-0 2,191 9
11. New Hampshire Wildcats 0-0 2,112 10
12. Cal Poly Mustangs 1-0 1,857 14
13. Montana Grizzlies 1-0 1,842 20
14. Eastern Illinois Panthers 1-0 1,717 21
15. Richmond Spiders 1-0 1,690 15
16. Wofford Terriers 0-1 1,527 8
17. Stony Brook Seawolves 0-0 1,235 16
18. McNeese State Cowboys 1-0 1,213 NR
19. Illinois State Redbirds 0-1 1,164 13
20. James Madison Dukes 1-0 1,147 19
21. Appalachian State Mountaineers 0-1 841 12
22. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 0-1 583 18
23. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 0-0 557 22
24. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 1-0 484 25
25. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 1-0 420 23