Week 1 FCS Football Top 25 Rankings

1#3 Sam Houston State FCS Football 2015 Preview Sam Houston StateLost to Texas Tech, 59-45, but with 671 yards actually had more yardage than the Red Raiders. 3
2#2 Illinois State FCS Football 2015 PreviewIllinois StateLost to Iowa, 31-14. Wasn't the best effort against an FBS team, but we'll give last year's runners-up a pass on this one.2
3Jacksonville StateJacksonville StateIts 23-20 victory over No. 9 Chattanooga spoke volumes. Jax should be a team to be reckoned with in 2015.6
4#1 North Dakota State FCS Football 2015 PreviewNorth Dakota StateWas off this weekend. It seems strange not to see the Bison in the top spot, but we can't give them top billing right now.1
5#4 Eastern Washington FCS Football 2015 PreviewEastern WashingtonLost a track meet to Oregon, 61-42. Still should be one of the FCS elite.4
6#5 Coastal Carolina FCS Football 2015 PreviewCoastal CarolinaHad to hang on against Furman. Maybe the Chanticleers were thinking too much about the move to the Sun Belt.5
7#7 James Madison FCS Football 2015 PreviewJames MadisonDidn't break a sweat against Morehead State, 56-7. Well, maybe the Dukes did in the high 80s temps.7
8#8 Montana State FCS Football 2015 PreviewMontana StateMontana State stays penciled in at No. 8 after a 45-14 win over Fort Lewis.8
9#9 Chattanooga FCS Football 2015 PreviewChattanoogaNo disgrace losing to Jax State...still one of the best teams in the FCS.9
10#10 Villanova FCS Football 2015 PreviewVillanovaNo disgrace losing to FBS Uconn, but a lot of people figured the Wildcats would win the game, but lost 20-15.10
11South Dakota State FCS FootballSouth Dakota StateThe Jackrabbits toppled FBS Kansas, 41-38. The Jayhawks aren't Notre Dame, but still…a win is a win against the FBS.NR
12#13 Youngstown State FCS Football 2015 PreviewYoungstown StateOne of the more impressive losses of the first week. The Penguins gave Pitt all it could handle before losing, 45-37.13
13#22 Fordham FCS Football 2015 PreviewFordhamOne of the more impressive victories of the first week. The Rams don't rebuild, they reload toppling Army, 37-35.23
14Cal Poly FCS FootballCal PolyAlex Vega's 48-yard field goal with four seconds left gave Cal Poly a 20-19 win over Montana, which had beaten NDSU.NR
15#17 Montana FCS Football 2015 PreviewMontanaA 2-0 start would have been nice for the Grizzlies, but they figure to be a big factor this season.17
16North Dakota FCS FootballNorth DakotaKudos to North Dakota for a 24-13 winner over Wyoming for its first win over a FBS school in eight tries.NR
17#11 Northern Iowa FCS Football 2015 PreviewNorthern IowaThe Panthers took a 7-0 advantage over Iowa State, but lost 31-7. What happened?11
18Portland State FCS FootballPortland StateShades of Neil Lomax! Portland State beats Washington State, 24-17 for its first win over a Pac-12 school in 15 tries.NR
19#19 Samford FCS Football 2015 PreviewSamfordA nice start for the new coaching regime in Birmingham, Alabama. Samford tops Central Arkansas, 45-16.19
20#15 William and Mary FCS Football 2015 PreviewWilliam & MaryThe Tribe register a workmanlike 34-7 triumph over the Patriot League's Lafayette.15
21#23 Eastern Kentucky FCS Football 2015 PreviewEastern KentuckyThe Colonels, which had hoped to get an invite to the Sun Belt Conference, tops Valpariso, 52-10 in the opener.22
22#20 Indiana State FCS Football 2015 PreviewIndiana StateIf you're counting, Indiana State makes seven MVFC schools in the top 22. It's just that good of a conference.20
23Liberty FCS FootballLibertyLiberty handles Delaware State in week one. Next week, the opponent gets a little tougher when it heads to Morgantown.NR
24#25 Southeastern Louisiana FCS Football 2015 PreviewSoutheastern LouisianaGood start for Southeastern Louisiana with a 34-20 victory Thursday night over Northwestern State.25
25#12 New Hampshire FCS Football 2015 PreviewNew HampshireAn ugly loss to San Jose State, 43-13, but the Wildcats should bounce back.12