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NUC Sports College Football – FCS Top 25 Week 6

NUC Sports College Football – FCS Top 25 Week 6

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Ten is the number of wins FCS colleges have over FBS schools this season. Central Arkansas knocked off Arkansas State 28-23 and move from just outside the Top 25 to #15. Western Illinois beat Northern Illinois by the same score and the Leathernecks find themselves at #5 in the latest NUC FCS Poll.

 

Falling out of the Top 25 this week is Stony Brook, Northern Arizona and Portland State. One week after upsetting Richmond the Seawolves were knocked off 38-10 by Sacred Heart. The Lumberjacks gained their third loss of the season versus Eastern Washington by the tune of 50-35. Portland State dropped to (1-3) with 45-31 loss to Southern Utah.

 

Moving into the NUC FCS Top 25 are Central Arkansas, Indiana State and Sacred Heart. The Bears come in at #13 after beating Arkansas State. The Sycamores downed conference rival Illinois State 34-31 and enter at #15. Coming in at #25 are the Pioneers after embarrassing Stony Brook.

 

Senior signal caller Eli Jenkins of Jacksonville State is the NUC FCS Top 25 Player of the Week. On the road at Liberty Jenkins completed 14 of 22 passes for 224 yards and two scores. He also ran the ball 18 times for 121 yards and two scores.

 

It’s separation Saturday in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. North Dakota State #1 (3-0) will host Illinois State #17 (2-2). These two teams last met in the 2014 National Championship game. Western Illinois #5 (3-0) will head west to take on South Dakota State #23 (1-2) and finally Northern Iowa #8 (1-2) will host Southern Illinois (2-1).

1.       North Dakota State (ND) Bison

Head Coach: Chris Klieman

Record: (3-0/0-0 MVFC)

Last Week: Off

Next Game: 10/1 vs. Illinois State (2-2)

2.       Sam Houston State (TX) Bearkats

Head Coach: KC Keeler

Record: (3-0/2-0 Southland)

Last Week: Jeremiah Briscoe was 26 of 47 for 369 yards and three touchdowns in the Bearkats 52-16 win over Houston Baptist.

Next Game: 10/1 vs. Stephen F. Austin (3-1)

3.       Jacksonville State (AL) Gamecocks

Head Coach: John Grass

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

Last Week: Eli Jenkins accounted for 345 yards and four scores in the Gamecocks 48-19 win over Liberty.

Next Game: 10/8 vs. Tennessee Tech (1-3)

4.       Eastern Washington (WA) Eagles

Head Coach: Beau Baldwin

Record: (3-1/1-0 Big Sky)

Last Week: Gage Gubrud accounted for 487 yards and three scores in the Eagles 50-35 win over Northern Arizona.

Next Game: 10/1 vs. UC Davis (1-3)

5.       Western Illinois  (IL) Leathernecks

Head Coach: Charlie Fisher

Record: (3-0/0-0 MVFC)

Last Week: Steve McShane touched the ball 24 times for 123 yards in the Leathernecks 28-23 win over Northern Illinois.

Next Game: 10/1 @ South Dakota State (1-2)

6.       Chattanooga (TN) Mocs

Head Coach: Russ Huesman

2015 Record: (4-0/2-0 SoCon)

Last Week: Derrick Craine carried the ball 23 times for 222 yards and two scores in the Mocs’ 41-21 win over Samford.

Next Game: 10/1 @ East Tennessee State (2-1)

7.       James Madison (VA) Dukes

Head Coach: Mike Houston

Record: (3-1/1-0 CAA)

Last Week: Khalid Abdullah carried the ball 22 times for 172 yards and two scores in the Dukes 31-20 win over Maine.

Next Game: 10/1 vs. Delaware (2-1)

8.       Northern Iowa (IA) Panthers

Head Coach: Mark Farley

Record: (1-2/0-0 MVFC)

Last Week: Off

Next Game: 10/1 vs. Southern Illinois (2-1)

9.       Eastern Illinois (IL) Panthers

Head Coach: Kim Dameron

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

Last Week: Devin Church and Christopher Allen combined for 29 carries for 268 yards and three scores in the Panthers 56-35 win over Austin Peay State.

Next Game: 10/1 @ Southeast Missouri State (1-3)

10.   Charleston Southern (SC) Buccaneers

Head Coach: Jamey Chadwell

Record: (2-2/1-0 Big South)

Last Week: Mike Holloway touched the ball 12 times for 214 yards and two scores in the Bucs’ 35-7 win over Monmouth.

Next Game: 10/1 @ Coastal Carolina (3-1)

11.   Cal Poly (CA) Mustangs

Head Coach: Tim Walsh

Record: (3-1/1-0 Big Sky)

Last Week: Dano Graves accounted for 198 yards and four scores in the Mustangs 42-41 win over Montana.

Next Game: 10/1 @ North Dakota (2-2)

12.   Montana (MT) Grizzlies

Head Coach: Bob Stitt

Record: (2-1/0-1 Big Sky)

Last Week: The Griz were outrushed 274 to 67 in their 42-21 loss to Cal Poly.

Next Game: 10/1 vs. Southern Utah (2-1)

13.   Central Arkansas (AR) Bears

Head Coach: Steve Campbell

Record: (3-1/2-0 Southland)

Last Week: The Bear defense held Arkansas State to 45 yards rushing on 34 attempts in their 28-23 win.

Next Game: 10/1 @ Abilene Christian (0-4)

14.   William & Mary (VA) The Tribe

Head Coach: Jimmye Laycock

Record: (2-2/0-1 CAA)

Last Week: Three costly interceptions resulted in a 27-10 to Elon.

Next Game: 10/1 @ New Hampshire (2-2)

15.   Indiana State (IN) Sycamores

Head Coach: Mike Sanford

Record: (3-1/1-0  MVFC)

Last Week: Roland Genesy carried the ball 16 times for 112 yards and two scores in the Sycamores 34-31 win over Illinois State.

Next Game: 10/1 vs. Missouri State (2-1)

16.   Richmond (VA) Spiders

Head Coach: Danny Rocco

Record: (3-1/0-1 CAA)

Last Week: Kyle Lauletta completed 23 of 34 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns in the Spiders 38-31 win over Colgate.

Next Game: 10/1 vs. Towson (1-2)

17.   Illinois State (IL) Redbirds

Head Coach: Brock Spack

Record: (2-2/0-1 MVFC)

Last Week: The Redbirds gave up 445 total yards in their 34-31 loss to Indiana State.

Next Game: 10/1 @ North Dakota State (3-0)

18.   The Citadel (SC) Bulldogs

Head Coach: Brent Thompson

Record: (3-0/2-0 SoCon)

Last Week: Off

Next Game: 10/1 @ Western Carolina (1-2)

19.   Colgate (NY) Raiders

Head Coach: Dan Hunt

Record: (1-2/0-0 Patriot)

Last Week: The Raiders were outgained 465 to 251 yards in 38-31 loss to Richmond.

Next Game: 10/1 vs. Cornell (2-0)

20.   Youngstown State (OH) Penguins

Head Coach: Bo Pelini

Record: (2-1/0-0 MVFC)

Last Week: Off

Next Game: 10/1 vs. South Dakota (1-2)

21.   Fordham (NY) Rams

Head Coach: Alex Breiner

Record: (2-1/0-0 Patriot)

Last Week: Chase Edmonds touched the ball 33 times for 201 yards and three touchdowns in the Rams 31-17 win over Penn.

Next Game: 10/1 @ Monmouth (2-2)

22.   Villanova (PA) Wildcats

Head Coach: Andy Talley

Record: (3-1/1-0 CAA)

Last Week: Rob Rolle picked off two passes and Jeff Steeb had a pick six in the Wildcats 31-14 win over Lafayette.

Next Game: 10/1 @ Elon (2-2)

23.   South Dakota State (SD) Jackrabbits

Head Coach: John Stiegelmeier

2015 Record: (1-2/0-0 MVFC)

Last Week: Off

Next Game: 10/1 vs. Western Illinois (3-0)

24.   North Carolina A&T (NC) Aggies

Head Coach: Rod Broadway

Record: (2-1/0-0 MEAC)

Last Week: Off

Next Game: 9/29 vs. Hampton (1-2)

25.   Sacred Heart (CT) Pioneers

Head Coach: Mark Nofri

Record: (4-0/0-0 NEC)

Last Week: RJ Noel accounted for 260 yards and three scores in the Pioneers 38-10  win over Stony Brook.

Next Game: 10/1 @ Wagner (2-1)

Just Outside: Albany (4-0); Dartmouth (2-0); Delaware (2-1); Grambling State (3-1); Harvard (2-0); McNeese State (2-2); New Hampshire (2-2); North Dakota (2-2); Southern Illinois (2-1); Southern Utah (2-1); Stephen F. Austin (3-1); Stony Brook (2-2); Tennessee State (3-0); Wofford (3-1)

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