Week 5 FCS Football Top 25 Rankings

1 James Madison LogoJames MadisonJMU (5-0) suddenly isn't scoring at will. The bye might be best right now, because Villanova waits on the other side.1
2North Dakota State LogoNorth Dakota StateNDSU (4-0) probably didn't beat Missouri State as bad as many may have thought, but still won. At Indiana State next week.2
3South Dakota LogoSouth DakotaCoyotes (4-0) previous wins aren't looking as strong, but beating WIU counts big. How about Youngstown State? Game on!7
4Jacksonville State LogoJacksonville StateJSU (3-1) smacked around Tennessee Tech. The OVC march has started. Next stop at Austin Peay.5
5 Youngstown State LogoYoungstown StatePenguins (3-1) took down SDSU. That defense is tough, especially at home. Can they figure out South Dakota too?9
6South Dakota State LogoSouth Dakota StateSDSU (3-1) figures it was going to take a Herculean defense to slow them down. Southern Illinois - prepare for the rebound!3
7Wofford LogoWoffordWofford (4-0) whipped Presbyterian, first time they've won by more than two points. A very game Western Carolina visits next.8
8Central Arkansas LogoCentral ArkansasUCA (3-1) jumped all over Sam Houston State and took control of the Southland. Houston Baptist should be gravy.13
9Sam Houston State LogoSam Houston StateSHSU (3-1) lost control of the Southland to UCA. You can bet Stephen F. Austin will get the Bearkats best next week.4
10New Hampshire LogoNew HampshireUNH (4-1) enters their bye week right where they hoped to be. Alas, the loss a couple weeks ago to Holy Cross still stings.10
11Western Illinois LogoWestern IllinoisWIU (3-1) tried to ruin their ex-coach's return, but come up short. Road trip to Northern Iowa is next.6
12Illinois State FCS Football Top 25Illinois StateRedbirds (4-0) went to 2-0 in the MVFC. Now they finish up their non-con schedule at Northern Arizona next weekend.19
13Villanova LogoVillanovaNova (3-2) has alternated wins and losses. Can they break the pattern at home against Maine next week?14
14Eastern Washington LogoEastern WashingtonEWU (3-2) has now rattled off three straight wins. Next week they face UC-Davis, who's also 3-2. Really? Big game then.15
15Richmond LogoRichmondRichmond (2-2) took a much needed week off. They really need to win the upcoming home clash with Albany.16
16Weber State FCS Football Top 25Weber StateWildcats (4-1) have beaten everyone not from FBS in 2017. Next week, they'll relax and prepare for in state Southern Utah.22
17Stony Brook FCS Football Top 25Stony BrookStony Brook (4-1) are 3-0 in CAA play, making a big statement. A win at home vs. Delaware clinches a .500 conference record.23
18The Citadel LogoCitadelThe Citadel (3-1) lost their first game to Samford. They better not sleep on Mercer, looking ahead to Wofford.11
19Monmouth FCS Football Top 25MonmouthMonmouth (4-1) went to 3-0 in Patriot League action, too bad they're in the Big South. Ironically, they're at Bucknell next.24
20North Carolina A&T FCS Football Top 25 North Carolina A&TA&T (5-0) keeps racking up the wins, but look at the records of their opponents...they SHOULD be 5-0. Delaware State's next.20
21McNeese FCS Football Top 25McNeeseMcNeese (4-1) continues to roll since losing a close opener. At Abilene Christian next week, which shouldn't be too rough.25
22Elon FCS Football Top 25ElonElon (4-1) has notched four wins in a row, since losing to FBS Toledo. They host William & Mary next.NR
23Western Carolina FCS Football Top 25Western CarolinaWCU (4-1) kicked Chattanooga while they're down, good for them. Going to Wofford and winning will be tougher.NR
24Liberty LogoLibertyLiberty (3-2) lost their second in a row, to St. Francis? Not an encouraging sign for someone transitioning to FBS.12
25Tennessee-Martin FCS Football Top 25UT-MartinUTM (3-2) lost a stinker to Austin Peay, 7-0? Seven total points? Welcome to 1947! Better beat Murray State.18