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FCS Top 25: Villanova moves into Top 10

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Top 10, y'all!

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The latest FCS Top 25 from The Sports Network has been released, and despite a loss to Syracuse on Friday night, the Villanova Wildcats have risen two spots in to the Top 10. The jump also means they have surpassed Fordham, who they host in the home opener at Villanova Stadium on Saturday at 3:30pm ET.

Rank Team (first place votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1 North Dakota State Bison (93) 1-0 3830 2
2 Eastern Washington Eagles (63) 2-0 3804 1
3 Southeastern Louisiana Lions 1-0 3553 3
4 Montana Grizzlies 0-1 3064 5
5 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 1-0 3028 7
6 New Hampshire Wildcats 0-1 2998 4
7 McNeese State Cowboys 0-0 2661 8
8 Northern Iowa Panthers 0-1 2634 9
9 Jacksonville State Gamecocks 0-1 2580 6
10 Villanova Wildcats 0-1 2488 12
11 Fordham Rams 1-0 2423 11
12 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 0-1 2242 10
13 Chattanooga Mocs 0-1 1793 14
14 Tennessee State Tigers 1-0 1701 15
15 Sam Houston State Bearkats 1-1 1484 17
16 Eastern Illinois Panthers 0-1 1402 16
17 Richmond Spiders 1-0 1323 20
18 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 1-0 1109 22
19 Furman Paladins 1-0 1004 21
20 Montana State Bobcats 0-1 965 18
21 William & Mary Tribe 0-1 945 19
22 Towson Tigers 0-1 829 13
23 Youngstown State Penguins 0-1 540 24
24 Maine Black Bears 1-0 469 25
25 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 0-1 352 23

Others receiving votes: Southern Illinois 323, South Carolina State 176, Liberty 141, Central Arkansas 126, Central Connecticut State 107, Wofford 94, Princeton 64, Samford 62, Cal Poly 54, Delaware 44, Harvard 42, James Madison 37, Southern Utah 37, Charleston Southern 23, Gardner-Webb 19, Missouri State 15, Alcorn State 13, Sacred Heart 12, North Carolina A&T 12, Stephen F. Austin 11, Southern 10, Alabama State 9, Illinois State 9, Eastern Kentucky 8, Lehigh 7, Southeast Missouri State 7, Western Illinois 6, Duquesne 3, Bryant 2, Norfolk State 2, San Diego 1, Sacramento State 1, Indiana State 1, Murray State 1

At the top, North Dakota State reclaimed their rightful position after demolishing Big 12 members Iowa State over the weekend. The Bison have now won a nation-leading 25 straight games, and the past three national championships.

The CAA was well represented again, though New Hampshire, William & Mary and Towson dropped two spots each with losses to Toledo, Virginia Tech, and Central Connecticut State, respectively. On the bright side, Richmond jumped three spots after blowing out Morehead State, while Maine rose one spot after a tough-fought win over Norfolk State.

The FCS Coaches Poll

Villanova shot up in the FCS Coaches Poll, which is administered by the Southern Conference this week. From 13th in preseason polling, the Wildcats are now the number-seven team according to the coaches. The coaches poll remained steady in the top-3 spots this week, with Coastal Carolina moving up from sixth to fourth and McNeese State suprisingly rising to sixth without playing a game.

Fordham, who are up next for the 'Cats, also rose on the strength of their victory over St. Francis (PA) over the weekend. The Rams are now ranked 10th in the coaches' poll.

In addition to Villanova, there are five other CAA Football teams ranked this week; New Hampshire (8), Towson (19), Richmond (20), Maine (22), and William & Mary (24).

Rank Team (first place votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1 North Dakota State Bison (24) 1-0 647 1
2 Eastern Washington Eagles (2) 2-0 626 2
3 Southeastern Louisiana Lions 1-0 598 3
4 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 1-0 540 6
5 Montana Grizzlies 0-1 495 5
6 McNeese State Cowboys 0-0 452 9
7 Villanova Wildcats 0-1 445 13
8 New Hampshire Wildcats 0-1 426 4
9 Jacksonville State Gamecocks 0-1 413 8
10 Fordham Rams 1-0 360 12
11 South Dakota State Jackrabbits 0-1 341 10
12 Northern Iowa Panthers 0-1 327 15
13 Sam Houston State Bearkats 1-1 323 14
14 Eastern Illinois Panthers 0-1 289 11
15 Chattanooga Mocs 0-1 278 16
16 Tennessee State Tigers 1-0 234 17
17 Furman Paladins 1-0 229 18
18 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 1-0 216 23
19 Towson Tigers 0-1 193 7
20 Richmond Spiders 1-0 174 24
21 Youngstown State Penguins 0-1 147 21
22 Maine Black Bears 1-0 144 13
23 Montana State 0-1 128 19
24 William & Mary Tribe 0-1 80 22
25 Southern Illinois Salukis 1-0 49 NR

The CAA Football conference also provided this handy infographic:

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