Six ranked teams fell this past week with three falling completely out of the NUC Sports FCS Top 25. South Dakota State lost 38-21 at Illinois State and drop from #6 to #12. Montana fell 35-16 on the road to Eastern Washington dropping six spots to #18. Samford played valiantly in their 56-41 loss to Mississippi State and remain at #19.
Falling out of the Top 25 are Stony Brook, Weber State and South Dakota. The Seawolves fell 43-14 versus New Hampshire. The Wildcats lost 27-19 at North Dakota and South Dakota was edged by Western Illinois 35-34.
Moving into the NUC FCS Top 25 is #23 Maine, #24 Grambling State and #25 Wofford. The Black Bears improved to (4-1) in the CAA with their 35-28 win over William & Mary. The Tigers mauled Arkansas-Pine Bluff 70-0 to improve to (5-0) in the SWAC and Wofford topped Mercer by ten to improve to (3-2) in the SoCon.
Running back Dominick Bragalone of Lehigh is the NUC FCS Top 25 Player of the Week. In the 58-37 win over Fordham he carried the ball 15 times for 192 yards and three scores. Bragalone also caught two passes for 34 yards in the huge Patriot League victory.
Below are the top five games that will directly impact the Top 25 next week.
#4 Eastern Washington (7-1/5-0) at #14 Cal Poly (6-2/4-1)
Colonial Athletic Association
#5 James Madison (7-1/5-0) at #9 Richmond (7-1/4-1)
#15 Villanova (6-2/4-1) at #23 Maine (5-3/4-1)
Missouri Valley Football Conference
#13 Youngstown State (6-2/4-1) at #2 North Dakota State (7-1/4-1)
#19 Samford (6-2/4-1) at #7 The Citadel (8-0/7-0)
|1. Sam Houston State (TX) Bearkats
Head Coach: KC Keeler
Record: (8-0/6-0 Southland)
Last Week: Davion Davis caught six passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns in the Bearkats 66-17 win over Texas Southern.
Next Game: 11/5 vs. McNeese State (5-4)
|2. North Dakota State (ND) Bison
Head Coach: Chris Klieman
Record: (7-1/4-1 MVFC)
Last Week: Tre Dempsey picked off two passes in the Bison 24-20 win over Northern Iowa.
Next Game: 11/5 vs. Youngstown State (6-2)
|3. Jacksonville State (AL) Gamecocks
Head Coach: John Grass
Record: (7-1/4-0 OVC)
Last Week: The Gamecocks held Eastern Illinois to 56 yards rushing on 33 carries in their 47-14 win.
Next Game: 11/5 @ Southeast Missouri State (3-5)
|4. Eastern Washington (WA) Eagles
Head Coach: Beau Baldwin
Record: (7-1/5-0 Big Sky)
Last Week: Cooper Kupp caught eight passes for 140 yards three scores in their 35-16 win over Montana.
Next Game: 11/5 @ Cal Poly (6-2)
|5. James Madison (VA) Dukes
Head Coach: Mike Houston
Record: (7-1/5-0 CAA)
Last Week: Bryan Schor completed 21 of 22 passes for 309 yards and five touchdowns in the Dukes 84-7 win over Rhode Island.
Next Game: 11/5 @ Richmond (7-1)
|6. Central Arkansas (AR) Bears
Head Coach: Steve Campbell
Record: (7-1/6-0 Southland)
Last Week: The Bear defense held SELA to 161 total yards and Hayden Hildebrand completed 21 of 27 passes for 207 yards and three scores in 45-10 win.
Next Game: 11/5 @ Stephen F. Austin (4-4)
|7. The Citadel (SC) Bulldogs
Head Coach: Brent Thompson
Record: (8-0/7-0 SoCon)
Last Week: Cam Jackson ran for 124 yards and two scores in seven carried tin the Bulldogs 45-10 win over East Tennessee State.
Next Game: 11/5 vs. Samford (6-2)
|8. Charleston Southern (SC) Buccaneers
Head Coach: Jamey Chadwell
Record: (5-2/2-0 Big South)
Last Week: Saire Davis and Kameron Brown combined for eight catches for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the Bucs’ 49-28 win over Bucknell.
Next Game: 11/5 vs. Gardner-Webb (3-6)
|9. Richmond (VA) Spiders
Head Coach: Danny Rocco
Record: (7-1/4-1 CAA)
Last Week: Off
Next Game: 11/5 vs. James Madison (7-1)
|10. Chattanooga (TN) Mocs
Head Coach: Russ Huesman
2015 Record: (8-1/6-1 SoCon)
Last Week: Richardre Bagley touched the ball 13 times for 134 yards and three scores in the Mocs’ 38-25 win over Western Carolina.
Next Game: 11/12 vs. Wofford (5-3)
|11. North Dakota (ND) Fighting Hawks
Head Coach: Bubba Schweigert
Record: (7-2/6-0 Big Sky)
Last Week: The Hawks “D” picked off three passes and held Weber State to 12 rushing yards in their 27-19 win.
Next Game: 11/5 @ Northern Colorado (5-3)
|12. South Dakota State (SD) Jackrabbits
Head Coach: John Stiegelmeier
2015 Record: (5-3/4-1 MVFC)
Last Week: The Jacks threw three picks and had 90 yards in penalties in their 38-21 loss to Illinois State.
Next Game: 11/5 vs. Missouri State (4-4)
|13. Youngstown State (OH) Penguins
Head Coach: Bo Pelini
Record: (6-2/4-1 MVFC)
Last Week: Leroy Alexander and Avery Moss combined for 16 tackles, six TFL’s and four sacks in the ‘Guins 13-10 win over Indiana State.
Next Game: 11/5 @ North Dakota State (7-1)
|14. Cal Poly (CA) Mustangs
Head Coach: Tim Walsh
Record: (6-2/4-1 Big Sky)
Last Week: Joe Protheroe and Kori Garcia combined for 27 carries for 314 yards and two scores in the Mustangs 59-47 win over Sac State.
Next Game: 11/5 vs. Eastern Washington (7-1)
|15. Villanova (PA) Wildcats
Head Coach: Andy Talley
Record: (6-2/4-1 CAA)
Last Week: Off
Next Game: 11/5 @ Maine (5-3)
|16. Western Illinois (IL) Leathernecks
Head Coach: Charlie Fisher
Record: (6-2/3-2 MVFC)
Last Week: Lance Lenoir caught six passes for 111 yards and one score in the Leathernecks 35-34 win over South Dakota.
Next Game: 11/5 vs. Illinois State (4-5)
|17. New Hampshire (NH) Wildcats
Head Coach: Sean McDonnell
Record: (6-3/5-1 CAA)
Last Week: Quinlen Dean recorded nine tackles, one FF and two INT’s in the Wildcats 43-14 win over Stony Brook.
Next Game: 11/12 vs. Albany (5-3)
|18. Montana (MT) Grizzlies
Head Coach: Bob Stitt
Record: (5-3/2-3 Big Sky)
Last Week: Despite a yardage advantage nine penalties and two picks resulted in a 35-16 loss to Eastern Washington.
Next Game: 11/5 vs. Idaho State (2-6)
|19. Samford (AL) Bulldogs
Head Coach: Chris Hatcher
Record: (6-2/4-1 SoCon)
Last Week: The Bulldogs gave up 669 yards and threw three picks in the 56-41 loss to Mississippi State.
Next Game: 11/5 @ The Citadel (8-0)
|20. North Carolina A&T (NC) Aggies
Head Coach: Rod Broadway
Record: (7-1/5-0 MEAC)
Last Week: Tarik Cohen touched the ball 20 times for 210 yards and three scores in the Aggies 42-17 win over FAMU.
Next Game: 11/5 vs. South Carolina State (3-4)
|21. Lehigh (PA) Mountain Hawks
Head Coach: Andy Coen
Record: (7-2/4-0 Patriot)
Last Week: Dominick Bragalone touched the ball 17 times for 226 yards and three scores in the Hawks 58-37 win over Fordham.
Next Game: 11/5 vs. Bucknell (3-5)
|22. Harvard (MA) Crimson
Head Coach: Tim Murphy
Record: (6-1/4-0 Ivy)
Last Week: The Crimson “D” held Dartmouth to 69 rushing yards in their 23-21 win.
Next Game: 11/5 vs. Columbia (2-5)
|23. Maine (ME) Black Bears
Head Coach: Joe Harasymiak
Record: (5-3/4-1 CAA)
Last Week: Micah Wright returned a punt 67 yards for a score and caught a touchdown pass in the Bears 35-28 win over William & Mary.
Next Game: 11/5 vs. Villanova (6-2)
|24. Grambling State (LA) Tigers
Head Coach: Broderick Fobbs
Record: (6-1/5-0 SWAC)
Last Week: Chad Williams caught eight passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers 70-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Next Game: 11/5 @ Alabama A&M (3-5)
|25. Wofford (SC) Terriers
Head Coach: Mike Ayers
Record: (5-3/3-2 SoCon)
Last Week: The Terriers defense picked off two passes and held Mercer to 48 yards rushing in their 31-21 win.
Next Game: 11/5 @ Furman (2-6)
|Just Outside: Albany (5-3); Fordham (5-3); Illinois State (4-5); Kennesaw State (6-2); Liberty (5-3); North Carolina Central (6-2); Northern Arizona (4-4); Northern Colorado (5-3); Northern Iowa (3-5); Penn (5-2); Princeton (5-2); San Diego (7-1); St. Francis (6-3); South Dakota (4-4); Southern (5-2); Stony Brook (5-3); Tennessee-Martin (5-4); Weber State (5-3)|