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NUC Sports College Football – FCS Top 25 Week 11

NUC Sports College Football – FCS Top 25 Week 11


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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.


Big Sky

#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)


Southern Conference

#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)



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