I don't officially vote in any of the FCS Top 25 polls, but I do share who I think deserves to be in the Top 25.
And this wasn't a week where a lot of teams dropped out, but it was a week where there were a bunch of epic Top 25 clashes that caused some reshuffling in the ranks.
For example, Youngstown State
humbled South Dakota State
19-7 at home in a defensive feast, Central Arkansas
overcame Sam Houston State
41-30 in a shootout, and South Dakota
continued their dominant early-season performance by jumping to a 38-6 lead and then holding off a furious Leatherneck rally to survive in a 38-33 win over Western Illinois
.Read more »
You didn't ask for them, but here's my pick for this week's FCS Top 25.
So this is the week that North Dakota State
They fell in a thrilling defensive battle at home to South Dakota State
in the game for the "Dakota Marker".
It was a great game, filled with drama and showed that the Jackrabbits are worthy of everyone's attention this week. In fact, South Dakota State's effective, time-consuming drive was in many ways pulling from North Dakota State's own trademark last-second comebacks, pulling together a drive for the ages, daring them to stop them yet consistently converting 3rd and 4th downs to set up the chance to win.
But then, therein lies the tricky part. Where to rank the Bison, and where to rank the Jackrabbits?Read more »
If you'd like, you can check out my FCS Top 25 vote below.
This week was a huge one in the Missouri Valley conference, as two battles between ranked teams took place.
While North Dakota State
beating South Dakota State
might not have been surprising, the relative ease of which the Bison dispatched the Jackrabbits was, a 28-7 game that really wasn't all that close
And Illinois State
, in a true "show-me" game, at least to me, really did show that they are as advertised, beating Northern Iowa 21-13
. While controversial RB Marshaun Coprich
did play for the Redbirds, his 143 yards and 2 touchdowns were instrumental in their key conference win.
These two wins cleared a logjam in my Top 10 and established two clear frontrunners in the Missouri Valley race.Read more »
Did I forget to post my vote for the FCS Top 25 for the week ending 10/27/2012? I guess I did. My vote follows below the flip, with a shorter-than-usual explanation of things.Read more »
My vote for the FCS Top 25 for the week ending 10/1/2012 follows below the flip.Read more »
There are twenty-one teams in all of FCS that can claim that they are 2-0 right now.
Of those twenty-one, only eleven teams can claim that they've beat two Division I teams - and one of those teams are our Lehigh Mountain Hawks.
As a result, you'd think Lehigh fans would be in "Nirvana" now after achieving exactly what they should have done in their last two games - namely, register wins against Monmouth and Central Connecticut State.
But you'd be wrong.
Why is it that some Lehigh fans' instincts are to be just as annoying as Brazilian soccer fans? Why is 2-0 - to some fans - not "Nirvana"?Read more »