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NUC Sports College Football – FCS Top 25 Week 10

NUC Sports College Football – FCS Top 25 Week 10


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The top six teams hold serve, but five ranked teams took a loss this past week. Falling out of the Top 25 is Eastern Illinois (5-3/3-2) and Princeton (4-2/2-1). The Panthers lost 40-38 to Murray State and the Tigers came up short 23-20 in overtime versus Harvard.


Teams that dropped due after losses are Montana (5-2/2-2), Youngstown State (5-2/3-1) and Western Illinois (5-2/2-2). The Grizzles drop to #12, the Penguins fall to #14 and the Leathernecks find themselves at #17.


Moving into the NUC FCS Top 25 are South Dakota (4-3/3-1) at #24 and Harvard (5-1/3-0) at #25.


Receiver Karel Hamilton of Samford is this week’s NUC FCS Top 25 Player of the Week. In 30-17 win over Western Carolina he caught 16 passes for 208 yards and two scores. He is now the Bulldog career receiving yardage leader with 3,166 yards.


There will be major shakeup in the NUC FCS Top 25 next week. Below are the top six games that will directly affect the Poll.


Big Sky

Montana #12 (5-2/2-2) at Eastern Washington #4 (6-1/4-0)

Weber State #23 (5-2/4-0) at North Dakota #13 (6-2/5-0)


Colonial Athletic Association

Stony Brook #22 (5-2/4-0)  at New Hampshire #18 (5-3/4-1)


Missouri Valley Football Conference

North Dakota State #2 (6-1/3-1) at Northern Iowa (3-4/2-2)

Western Illinois #17 (5-2/2-2) at South Dakota #24 (4-3/3-1)


Patriot League

Fordham (5-2/2-0) at Lehigh #21 (6-2/3-0)

1.       Sam Houston State (TX) Bearkats

Head Coach: KC Keeler

Record: (7-0/6-0 Southland)

Last Week: Jeremiah Briscoe completed 32 of 48 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns in the Bearkats 38-21 win over Nicholls State.

Next Game: 10/29 vs. Texas Southern (3-4)

2.       North Dakota State (ND) Bison

Head Coach: Chris Klieman

Record: (6-1/3-1 MVFC)

Last Week: The Bison outrushed Western Illinois 197 to 86 yards in their 21-13 win.

Next Game: 10/29 @ Northern Iowa (3-4)

3.       Jacksonville State (AL) Gamecocks

Head Coach: John Grass

Record: (6-1/3-0 OVC)

Last Week: Josh Clemons carried the ball 26 times for 149 yards in the Gamecocks 24-7 win over Eastern Kentucky.

Next Game: 10/29 vs. Eastern Illinois (5-3)

4.       Eastern Washington (WA) Eagles

Head Coach: Beau Baldwin

Record: (6-1/4-0 Big Sky)

Last Week: Gage Gubrud completed 37 of 51 passes for 520 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles 41-17 win over Montana State.

Next Game: 10/29 vs. Montana (5-2)

5.       James Madison (VA) Dukes

Head Coach: Mike Houston

Record: (6-1/4-0 CAA)

Last Week: Off

Next Game: 10/29 vs. Rhode Island (1-7)

6.       South Dakota State (SD) Jackrabbits

Head Coach: John Stiegelmeier

2015 Record: (5-2/4-0 MVFC)

Last Week: Dallas Goedert caught six passes for 108 yards in the Jacks’ 24-10 win over Youngstown State.

Next Game: 10/29 @ Illinois State (3-5)

7.       Central Arkansas (AR) Bears

Head Coach: Steve Campbell

Record: (6-1/5-0 Southland)

Last Week: The Bear defense held Lamar to 15 rushing yards on 34 carries in their 22-12 win.

Next Game: 10/29 @ Southeastern Louisiana (4-3)

8.       The Citadel (SC) Bulldogs

Head Coach: Brent Thompson

Record: (7-0/6-0 SoCon)

Last Week: Will Vanvick averaged 47.2 yards per punt on eight attempts in the Bulldogs 24-21 OT win over Wofford.

Next Game: 10/29 vs. East Tennessee State (3-4)

9.       Charleston Southern (SC) Buccaneers

Head Coach: Jamey Chadwell

Record: (4-2/2-0 Big South)

Last Week: The Buccaneer defense held Presbyterian to 28 rushing yards on 21 attempts in their 38-3 win.

Next Game: 10/29 vs. Bucknell (3-4)

10.   Richmond (VA) Spiders

Head Coach: Danny Rocco

Record: (7-1/4-1 CAA)

Last Week: Kyle Lauletta completed 18 of 30 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns in the Spiders 35-7 win over Elon.

Next Game: 11/5 vs. James  Madison (6-1)

11.   Chattanooga (TN) Mocs

Head Coach: Russ Huesman

2015 Record: (7-1/5-1 SoCon)

Last Week: Richardre Bagley carried the ball 23 times for 189 yards and two scores in the Mocs’ 30-13 win over VMI.

Next Game: 10/29 @ Western Carolina (1-6)

12.   Montana (MT) Grizzlies

Head Coach: Bob Stitt

Record: (5-2/2-2 Big Sky)

Last Week: 13 penalties for 107 yards resulted in a 45-34 loss to Northern Arizona.

Next Game: 10/29 @ Eastern Washington (6-1)

13.   North Dakota (ND) Fighting Hawks

Head Coach: Bubba Schweigert

Record: (6-2/5-0 Big Sky)

Last Week: The Fighting Hawks outrushed Idaho State 206 to 69 yards in their 28-21 road win.

Next Game: 10/29 vs. Weber State (5-2)

14.   Youngstown State (OH) Penguins

Head Coach: Bo Pelini

Record: (5-2/3-1 MVFC)

Last Week: The Penguins rendered six sacks in their 24-10 loss to South Dakota State.

Next Game: 10/29 vs. Indiana State (4-4)

15.   Cal Poly (CA) Mustangs

Head Coach: Tim Walsh

Record: (5-2/3-1 Big Sky)

Last Week: Kyle Lewis ran for 141 yards and one touchdown on just eight carries in the ‘Stangs 21-16 win over UC-Davis.

Next Game: 10/29 @ Sacramento State (1-7)

16.   Villanova (PA) Wildcats

Head Coach: Andy Talley

Record: (6-2/4-1 CAA)

Last Week: Aaron Forbes carried the ball 24 times for 151 yards and two scores in the Wildcats 24-13 win over Albany.

Next Game: 11/5 @ Maine (4-3)

17.   Western Illinois  (IL) Leathernecks

Head Coach: Charlie Fisher

Record: (5-2/2-2 MVFC)

Last Week: The Leathernecks only gained 86 rushing yards on 33 carries in their 21-13 loss to North Dakota State.

Next Game: 10/29 @ South Dakota (4-3)

18.   New Hampshire (NH) Wildcats

Head Coach: Sean McDonnell

Record: (5-3/4-1 CAA)

Last Week: The Wildcat “D” held Towson to under 200 yards of total offense in their 21-7 win.

Next Game: 10/29 vs. Stony Brook (5-2)

19.   Samford (AL) Bulldogs

Head Coach: Chris Hatcher

Record: (6-1/4-1 SoCon)

Last Week: Karel Hamilton caught 16 passes for 208 yards and two scores in the Bulldogs 30-17 win over Western Carolina.

Next Game: 10/29 vs. Mississippi State (2-5)

20.   North Carolina A&T (NC) Aggies

Head Coach: Rod Broadway

Record: (6-1/4-0 MEAC)

Last Week: Tarik Cohen touched the ball 22 times for 187 yards and two scores in the Aggies 34-7 win over Howard.

Next Game: 10/29 vs. FAMU (3-5)

21.   Lehigh (PA) Mountain Hawks

Head Coach: Andy Coen

Record: (6-2/3-0 Patriot)

Last Week: Dominick Bragalone carried the ball 17 times for 182 yards and two scores in the Hawks 46-14 win over Holy Cross.

Next Game: 10/29 vs. Fordham (5-2)

22.   Stony Brook (NY) Seawolves

Head Coach: Chuck Priore

Record: (5-2/4-0 CAA)

Last Week: Stacey Bedell carried the ball 14 times for 120 yards and two scores in the Seawolves 28-3 win over Delaware.

Next Game: 10/29 @ New Hampshire (5-3)

23.   Weber State (UT) Wildcats

Head Coach: Jay Hill

Record: (5-2/4-0 Big Sky)

Last Week: Jadrian Clark was 31 of 52 for 416 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats 37-36 win over Southern Utah.

Next Game: 10/29 @ North Dakota (6-2)

24.   South Dakota (SD) Coyotes

Head Coach: Bob Nielson

Record: (4-3/3-1 MVFC)

Last Week: Miles Berger averaged 50.4 yards a punt on seven attempts in the ‘Yotes 27-24 win over Illinois State.

Next Game: 10/29 vs. Western Illinois (5-2)

25.   Harvard (MA) Crimson

Head Coach: Tim Murphy

Record: (5-1/3-0 Ivy)

Last Week: Adam Scott caught eight passes for 85 yards and one score in 23-20 OT win over Princeton.

Next Game: 10/29 @ Dartmouth (3-3)

Just Outside: Eastern Illinois (5-3); Fordham (5-2); Grambling State (5-1); Liberty (4-3); Maine (4-3); North Carolina Central (6-2); Northern Arizona (4-4); Northern Iowa (3-4); Penn (4-2); Princeton (4-2); Sacred Heart (6-1); San Diego (6-1); Southeastern Louisiana (4-3); St. Francis (5-3); Tennessee State (5-2); William & Mary (3-4); Wofford (4-3)


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