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FCS college football rankings, week 3: Villanova #3 in Coaches, #6 in STATS poll

Jacksonville State lost in OT at Auburn.
Jacksonville State lost in OT at Auburn.
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Although Jacksonville State lost on the road in overtime at SEC-power Auburn, the near upset of the #6 Tigers escalated the Gamecocks to the #1 spot in the newest STATS FCS Top 25. Villanova, who won on the road at previously #16 ranked Fordham, maintains the #6 spot in the media poll.

In the Coaches Poll, Andy Talley's squad dropped a spot to #3 despite the Top 20 road win.

The CAA is also represented in the Top 25 by James Madison (#12), New Hampshire (#13), and Richmond at #22.

'Nova next plays Delaware on Saturday for Parents' Weekend. That game kicks off at 12-noon.

STATS FCS Top 25

Rank School Votes Prev
1 Jacksonville State (1-1) 3491 (39) 5
2 Coastal Carolina (2-0) 3461 (36) 3
3 Sam Houston State (0-1) 3450 (38) 1
4 North Dakota State (1-1) 3441 (23) 2
5 Illinois State (1-1) 3235 (6) 4
6 Villanova (1-1) 3219 (4) 6
7 South Dakota State (2-0) 2825 (8) 9
8 Montana (1-1) 2650 8
9 UNI (1-1) 2483 14
10 Chattanooga (1-1) 2162 10
11 Montana State (1-0) 2114 11
12 James Madison (2-0) 2094 13
13 New Hampshire (1-1) 2080 12
14 Eastern Washington (0-2) 1865 7
15 Liberty (1-1) 1426 15
16 Youngstown State (1-1) 1420 17
17 Cal Poly (1-1) 1387 18
18 Fordham (1-1) 1198 16
19 Portland State (2-0) 1025 24
20 Southeastern Louisiana (2-0) 1018 20
21 Eastern Kentucky (1-1) 840 19
22 Richmond (1-1) 711 22
23 Indiana State (1-1) 551 21
24 Northern Arizona (2-0) 380 NR
25 Harvard (0-0) 297 25
Also Receiving Votes: McNeese State (281) , North Dakota (248) , William & Mary (198) , Samford (189) , Idaho State (73) , Western Illinois (46) , North Carolina A&T (34) , Sacred Heart (23) , Alcorn State (22) , South Dakota (16) , Stephen F. Austin (13) , Lamar (12) , Towson (11) , Southeast Missouri State (9) , Drake (7) , Southern Utah (6) , Bethune-Cookman (6) , South Carolina State (5) , Southern Illinois (4) , Dartmouth (4) , Jacksonville (4) , Bryant (4) , Duquesne (3) , Tennessee State (2) , Stony Brook (2) , Citadel (1) , Southern University (1) , Delaware (1) , Charleston Southern (1) , Wofford (1)


FCS Coaches Poll

RANK SCHOOL RECORD Pts Prev
1 Coastal Carolina (14) 2-0 620 1
2 North Dakota State 1-1 592 2
3 Villanova 1-1 574 2
4 Jacksonville State (5) 1-1 553 6
5 Sam Houston State 0-1 545 4
6 Illinois State (1) 1-1 538 5
7 Montana 1-1 450 8
8 South Dakota State (2) 2-0 440 10
9 Montana State 1-0 434 9
10 James Madison 2-0 409 11
11 Northern Iowa 1-1 403 14
12 Chattanooga 1-1 343 12
13 New Hampshire 1-1 287 15
14 Liberty 1-1 285 13
15 Eastern Washington 0-2 270 7
16 Youngstown State 1-1 240 17
17 Southeastern Louisiana 2-0 208 18
18 Cal Poly 1-1 195 20
19 Fordham 1-1 183 16
20 Portland State 2-0 123 NR
21 McNeese State 1-0 121 23
22 Eastern Kentucky 1-1 120 19
23 Richmond 1-1 90 22
24 Northern Arizona 2-0 74 NR
25 Indiana State 1-1 72 21
Others receiving votes: Samford (61), William & Mary (55), Harvard (43), North Dakota (24), Towson (22), Jackson State (20), South Carolina State (19), Idaho State (16), Alcorn State (6), North Carolina A&T (6), South Dakota (3), Charleston Southern (3), Tennessee State (1), Jacksonville (1), Western Illinois (1).