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Villanova remains in the FCS top-25 polls this week, moving up to number sixteen after knocking off a top-10 opponent over the weekend.

After knocking off a top-10 opponent, it wasn't in doubt that the Villanova Wildcats would move up in the polls this week. With the new Sports Network FCS media poll out, the 'Cats have moved up to number-16, up from 21 a week ago. Their opponent, James Madison, dropped to number-13 on the loss, down from ninth.

The CAA football conference had six teams ranked this week again, down from a record seven teams earlier this season. Old Dominion remained the top-ranked school, checking in at number-4, while New Hampshire joined them in the top-10 at seventh. Towson and Richmond were ranked 19th and 20th, respectively.

Future CAA football participant, Stony Brook was also ranked again this week, falling six spots to number-12 after a loss to unranked Liberty.

The final poll of the regular season will be released on Sunday, ahead of the FCS Playoff Selection committee announcing the post-season field.

Meanwhile, the Sports Network projects only two of the CAA football teams to make the playoff field, Old Dominion and New Hampshire (though Stony Brook is also likely to make it). If their projection comes to fruition, a 7- or 8-win team like Villanova could be left out, as well as a 10-win team in Lehigh.

Team (First-place votes) 2012 Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (121) 9-1 3930 1
2. Montana State Bobcats (20) 9-1 3748 2
3. Sam Houston State Bearkats (14) 8-2 3585 3
4. Old Dominion Monarchs (3) 9-1 3496 4
5. Eastern Washington Eagles 8-2 3362 5
6. Georgia Southern Eagles 8-2 3113 7
7. New Hampshire Wildcats (1) 8-2 2897 10
8. Appalachian State Mountaineers 8-3 2659 12
9. Wofford Terriers 8-2 2502 13
10. Central Arkansas Bears 8-2 2341 14
11. Illinois State Redbirds 8-2 2094 15
12. Stony Brook Seawolves 9-2 1917 6
13. James Madison Dukes 7-3 1885 9
14. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 9-1 1843 8
15. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 8-2 1594 11
16. Villanova Wildcats 7-3 1477 21
17. Cal Poly Mustangs 8-2 1354 19
18. Indiana State Sycamores 7-3 1294 18
19. Towson Tigers 6-4 1251 17
20. Richmond Spiders 7-3 1153 20
21. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 7-3 1046 16
22. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 8-3 750 22
23. Tennessee State Tigers 8-2 450 24
24. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 8-2 423 NR
24. Eastern Illinois Panthers 7-3 423 NR

The FCS playoff selections will be made live on ESPNU at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, November