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FCS college football rankings, week 14: UNH remains #1, Villanova up to #5

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The Wildcats moved up one spot in the final regular-season poll from The Sports Network.

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New Hampshire took the top seed in the FCS playoffs and held on to the top spot in the Sports Network's FCS top-25 poll. The other CAA Wildcats took down Maine on Saturday to lock down the CAA football title by going undefeated in the conference -- which hasn't happened since 2008.

Villanova moved up one spot in the poll, going ahead of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, after a last-minute scoring drive against Delaware helped them to win in their rivalry game this weekend. The Chanticleers dropped from number-2 after losing their final regular-season game to the Liberty Flames. With Liberty dropping to sixth, the third-through-sixth teams from last week each moved up one space.

The CAA had five league members in the poll this week, with two in the top-five. The ranked CAA teams include New Hampshire (1), Villanova (5), JMU (15), Richmond (18), and William & Mary (23); Albany was among the schools also receiving votes. Villanova opponent Fordham moved down to number-nine after suffering a defeat at Army yesterday.

Rank School Record Points Previous Rank
1. New Hampshire Wildcats (93) 10-1 3585 1
2. North Dakota State Bison (39) 11-1 3472 3
3. Jacksonville State Gamecocks (14) 10-1 3360 4
4. Eastern Washington Eagles 10-2 3191 5
5. Villanova Wildcats 10-2 2962 6
6. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 11-1 2783 2
7. Illinois State Redbirds 10-1 2766 8
8. Chattanooga Mocs 9-3 2494 9
9. Fordham Rams 10-2 2362 7
10. Northern Iowa Panthers 8-4 2328 11
11. Southeastern Louisiana Lions 9-3 2326 10
12. Montana Grizzlies 8-4 2027 13
13. Harvard Crimson 10-0 1620 15
14. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 8-4 1592 16
15. James Madison Dukes 9-3 1558 17
16. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 9-3 1486 14
17. Montana State Bobcats 8-4 1411 12
18. Richmond Spiders 8-4 1130 21
19. Sam Houston State Bearkats 8-4 940 23
20. Liberty Flames 8-4 648 NR
21. Youngstown State Penguins 7-5 551 20
22. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 9-3 463 25
23. William & Mary Tribe 7-5 459 22
24. Idaho State Bengals 8-4 404 NR
25. Indiana State Sycamores 7-5 399 18
Others receiving votes: Sacred Heart 350, McNeese State 261, North Carolina A&T 75, Stephen F. Austin 74, Charleston Southern 67, Yale 42, Lamar 35, Bryant 24, Samford 23, Southern Illinois 22, Morgan State 22, Alcorn State 20, Cal Poly 17, Dartmouth 16, Northern Arizona 12, Grambling State 11, Jacksonville 11, Bucknell 9, South Carolina State 8, Wagner 7, North Carolina Central 6, Jackson State 5, Western Carolina 5, San Diego 4, Albany 3, Sacramento State 3, Central Arkansas 1