Week 12 FCS Football Top 25 Rankings

1 Jacksonville StateJacksonville StateJSU (10-1) concludes an outstanding regular season with a 42-20 victory over Murray State. Now they get a bye.1
2#1 North Dakota State FCS Football 2015 PreviewNorth Dakota StateThe Bison (9-2) humble Missouri State, 55-0, to earn a piece of their fifth straight MVFC title.4
3#2 Illinois State FCS Football 2015 PreviewIllinois StateThe Redbirds (9-2) blank South Dakota, 46-0. They'll be a top eight seed and get next week off.3
4McNeese State FCS Football Top 25McNeese StateIt wasn't easy, but the Cowboys (10-0) finish unbeaten with a 20-14 win over Lamar. They'll get a first-round bye.5
5 Charleston Southern FCS Football Top 25Charleston SouthernThe Bucs can be certain they won't face anyone as good as Alabama in the FCS playoffs.11
6 #9 Chattanooga FCS Football 2015 PreviewChattanoogaThe SoCon champs might get a top eight seed, then again they might not. Either way, a team to watch in the playoffs.8
7#7 James Madison FCS Football 2015 Preview James MadisonKudos to the Dukes (9-2) for righting the ship after Vad Lee goes down against Richmond. We think they get a first-round bye.10
8Portland State FCS FootballPortland StatePortland State (9-2) topples Eastern Washington to close out the regular season. It should be among the top eight seeds.13
9#3 Sam Houston State FCS Football 2015 PreviewSam Houston StateSHSU (8-3) close out the season with a win against Central Arkansas. Another team to watch in the playoffs.9
10#5 Coastal Carolina FCS Football 2015 PreviewCoastal CarolinaThe Chanticleers (9-2) fall to Liberty on Thursday night, so they'll have a nice break even if they do play in the first round.2
11South Dakota State FCS FootballSouth Dakota StateThe Jackrabbits (8-3) had all kinds of travel woes getting to Illinois, but the loss to WIU really hurts.7
12Richmond FCS Football Top 25 RankingsRichmondThe Spiders (8-3) take care of business against rival William & Mary and in doing so earn the CAA's automatic playoff bid.17
13#11 Northern Iowa FCS Football 2015 Preview Northern IowaNorthern Iowa (7-4) win their last five to earn what should be a playoff berth and probably a home game, too.12
14#17 Montana FCS Football 2015 PreviewMontanaThe Grizzlies (7-4) had an up-and-down season but they top rival Montana State to earn a likely playoff bid.14
15#22 Fordham FCS Football 2015 PreviewFordhamThe Rams (9-2) concluded their regular season last week so they essentially have two weeks off before their first playoff game.16
16William and Mary FCS Football Top 25William & MaryThe Tribe (8-3) see a golden opportunity for the outright league title and possibly a top eight seed slip away.6
17 Citadel FCS Football Top 25 RankingsCitadelThe Citadel (8-3) stun FBS foe South Carolina, 23-22. This team is playing well heading into the playoffs.24
18 Southern Utah FCS Football Top 25Southern UtahIn a must-win game, Southern Utah comes up big, beating Northern Arizona and gaining the Big Sky's auto bid.23
19 Harvard FCS Football Top 25HarvardAnother outstanding season for Harvard as it tops Yale in the regular-season finale.22
20 Eastern Illinois FCS Football 2015 PreviewEastern IllinoisEastern Illinois bounces back from an 0-3 start to earn second place in the OVC. It should make the playoff field.21
21#38 Dartmouth FCS Football 2015 PreviewDartmouthDartmouth topples Princeton to finish the year at 9-1 and tied atop the Ivy League with Harvard and Penn.20
22 #12 New Hampshire FCS Football 2015 PreviewNew HampshireThe Wildcats (7-4) topple rival Maine and figure to hear their name called when the playoff field is announced.25
23 Liberty FCS FootballLibertyThe Flames (6-5) have victories over Montana and Coastal Carolina, but losses to Gardner-Webb and Monmouth.NR
24 North Carolina A&T FCS Football Top 25North Carolina A&TThe Aggies (9-2) fall to rival North Carolina Central and now sit at 7-1 in MEAC action.18
25North Dakota FCS Football Top 25North DakotaNorth Dakota (7-4) wasn't a team that was mentioned a lot earlier this fall, but now it is.NR