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FCS Top 25 polls, Week 6: Villanova holds at number-6

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The latest polls in the FCS.

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In proper Monday tradition, the new FCS polls are coming out. The Wildcats remain the third highest rated program in FCS according to the Sagarin ratings, and in the Sports Network's Top-25 media poll, the 'Cats have held steady at number-6.

For the CAA, New Hampshire is the top vote-getter again this week, checking in at number-4 on TSN's list, despite being further down in the computer rankings. In all, six CAA football teams are ranked in the TSN poll, including William & Mary at 12, Richmond at 20, Albany at 23 and Delaware (moving up a spot)

We're going with a new, more easily digestible format this week, with each system explained below the polls. Quick note on the Sagarin ratings - because they include the FBS, we're listing just the FCS teams by their actual Sagarin rankings.

The Sports Network FCS Top 25 College Poll

Rank Team 2014 Record Points Prev
1. North Dakota State Bison (153) 4-0 4017 1
2. Eastern Washington Eagles (8) 4-1 3865 2
3. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 5-0 3501 3
4. New Hampshire Wildcats 3-1 3408 4
5. McNeese State Cowboys 2-1 3274 5
6. Villanova Wildcats 3-1 3249 6
7. Montana Grizzlies 3-2 3000 7
8. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 3-1 2888 8
9. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 3-1 2710 9
10. Northern Iowa Panthers 2-2 2489 10
11. Southeastern Louisiana Lions 3-2 2308 11
12. William & Mary Tribe 4-1 1999 12
13. Montana State Bobcats 3-2 1902 13
14. Chattanooga Mocs 2-2 1661 14
15. Southern Illinois Salukis 4-1 1615 17
16. Fordham Rams 4-1 1614 16
17. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 3-1 1479 15
18. Youngstown State Penguins 3-1 1351 18
19. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 4-0 1222 19
20. Richmond Spiders 2-2 1066 20
21. Tennessee State Tigers 4-1 858 21
22. Illinois State Redbirds 3-0 600 23
23. Albany Great Danes 4-0 453 24
24. Delaware Blue Hens 3-1 343 25
25. Indiana State Sycamores 3-1 270 NR
Also Receiving Votes: Missouri State 147, Charleston Southern 146, Northern Arizona 142, Sam Houston State 105, Southeast Missouri State 72, Liberty 62, North Carolina A&T 61, Alabama State 57, Harvard 50, Alcorn State 40, Yale 39, Samford 25, Maine 24, Northwestern State 22, South Dakota 20, Furman 20, Eastern Illinois 19, Towson 17, Bucknell 16, Presbyterian 15, South Carolina State 13, Saint Francis-PA 11, Bryant 10, Abilene Christian 9, Wofford 9, Western Carolina 8, Tennessee Tech 5, James Madison 4, Jacksonville 4, Sacred Heart 3, San Diego 3, Central Arkansas 2, Lafayette 2, Stephen F. Austin 1.


FCS Coaches Poll Poll

Rank Team (1st Place Votes) W-L Votes Last Week Next Game
1 North Dakota State (26) 4-0 650 1 @ WestIl
2 Eastern Washington 4-1 623 2 IdaSt
3 Coastal Carolina 5-0 578 5 @ Furman
4 McNeese State 2-1 545 6 Nich
5 Villanova 3-1 526 7 @ Maine
6 Montana 3-2 505 3 @ NorDak
7 New Hampshire 3-1 494 9 @ Elon
8 Jacksonville State 3-1 492 8 TN-Mar
9 South Dakota State 3-1 449 10 @ IllSt ( #22)
10 Northern Iowa 2-2 408 11 @ InSt
11 Southeastern Louisiana 3-2 368 4 NWSt
12 Youngstown State 3-1 303 15 @ MoStU ( #24)
13 William & Mary 4-1 301 17 @ UNH ( #7)
14 Bethune-Cookman 3-1 273 12 DelSt
15 Chattanooga 2-2 271 14 VMI
16 Southern Illinois 4-1 269 13 SouDak
17 Montana State 3-2 241 16 @ Sac
18 Eastern Kentucky 4-0 210 22 @ APSU
19 Fordham 4-1 188 19 Laf
20 Tennessee State 4-1 154 20 @ SEMO
21 Richmond 2-2 141 18 @ Lib ( #23)
22 Illinois State 3-0 101 24 SDkSt ( #9)
23 Liberty 3-2 80 - Rich ( #21)
24 Missouri State 3-1 65 - YSU ( #12)
25 Charleston Southern 5-0 39 - @ Vandy
Also Receiving Votes: Sam Houston State 26, Towson 22, Furman 18, Alcorn State 16, Samford 16, Northern Arizona 13, Harvard 13, Sacramento State 12, Stephen F. Austin 9, Indiana State 7, North Carolina A&T 7, Albany 5, South Dakota 3, Alabama State 3, Cal Poly 2, Bryant 2, Southeast Missouri State 1, Northwestern State 1


Sagarin Rankings

Sagarin Team
42 North Dakota State
69 South Dakota State
74 Villanova
77 Eastern Washington
80 Northern Iowa
85 Jacksonville State
96 Coastal Carolina
98 New Hampshire
99 McNeese State
102 Missouri State
103 Chattanooga
104 Montana
105 Southeastern Louisiana
106 Southern Illinois
110 Illinois State
111 Youngstown State
114 Sam Houston State
122 Richmond
123 Eastern Kentucky
124 Montana State
129 William & Mary
131 Harvard
138 Central Arkansas
139 Cal Poly State
141 Princeton

The three rankings explained:

The Sports Network Top 25: The longest-running and best-respected human poll. It doesn't have any official bearing on the selection committee. Expect it to set the course for the committee, however, as most outlets will use TSN's rankings as the standard, being that these guys actually watch the games. Typically released early Monday afternoon.

The FCS Coaches Poll: Though polling athletic departments in order to rank other athletic departments is dubious, not to mention the coaches aren't typically watching games outside of their conference, we still want multiple human polls in here. Typically released late Monday afternoons.

Jeff Sagarin's Sagarin Rating: An early-Sunday morning insta-ranking that combines three of Sagarin's computer formulas into one. Not officially used in playoff selection, but it will likely be brought up in discussions as it takes into account important barometers for at-large bids such as strength of schedule. This ranking system includes FBS teams, so it's great ammunition when trash-talking big brother.