Week 3 FCS Football Top 25

1 #1 North Dakota State FCS Football 2015 PreviewNorth Dakota StateIf Iowa can't stop the Bison (3-0), will they run the table for a sixth straight championship? They rest next week.1
2Jacksonville StateJacksonville StateAn impressive win for the Gamecocks (2-1) over Coastal Carolina. Travel to Liberty next week for their final non-conference tilt.5
3#3 Sam Houston State FCS Football 2015 PreviewSam Houston StateThe Bearkats (2-0) dispatched of Lamar at the end. Only two potential hiccups remain on the schedule and neither comes until November.3
4#9 Chattanooga FCS Football 2015 PreviewChattanoogaChattanooga (3-0) got more than they wanted at Furman, but gritted it out. A home game against a well-rested Samford comes next week.4
5 #17 Montana FCS Football 2015 PreviewMontanaThe Grizzlies (2-0) took this week off but visit a Cal Poly team who upset South Dakota State next week. Upset alert?8
6 Eastern Washington FCS Football Top 25
Eastern WashingtonThe Eagles (2-1) found a little bit of defense and roared back to beat Northern Iowa. Next week they play at NAU - here come the points!10
7Richmond FCS Football Top 25 RankingsRichmondHmmm? Stony Brook was not concerned with the Spiders (2-1) early season reputation. They host Colgate next week.2
8Citadel FCS Football Top 25 RankingsCitadelThe Bulldogs (3-0) go into their bye week undefeated and in the Top 10. Who would have thought that? A team from Charleston, SC, that's who.13
9Western Illinois FCS Football Top 25Western IllinoisConsidering who the Leathernecks (2-0) have beaten, there's no way to keep them out of the Top Ten now. Northern Illinois waits for them next.14
10#2 Illinois State FCS Football 2015 PreviewIllinois StateThe Redbirds (2-1) lost a close one to Eastern Illinois this week. They still hold an FBS win in their pocket. Open MVFC play at Indiana State next.6
11#5 Coastal Carolina FCS Football 2015 PreviewCoastal CarolinaCoastal Carolina (2-1) loses to Jacksonville State. No harm there, right? Their two wins are against teams that are both 0-3.7
12William and Mary FCS Football Top 25William & MaryThe Tribe (2-1) successfully beats another overmatched opponent in Norfolk State. You have to wonder if they're prepared for CAA play.15
13#11 Northern Iowa FCS Football 2015 PreviewNorthern IowaUNI (1-2) lost their second straight game after an FBS win in the opener. But losses to #5 and #6 are not shameful. They need this week off.9
14#7 James Madison FCS Football 2015 PreviewJames MadisonMuch like their in-state brother above, the Dukes (2-1) have beaten two overmatched teams then were throttled by UNC. They go to Maine next.11
15Eastern Illinois LogoEastern IllinoisEIU (2-1) beat FBS Miami (OH) last week and Illinois State this week. Only that loss to Western Illinois keeps them from the Top 5, perhaps.NR
16South Dakota State FCS FootballSouth Dakota StateThe Jacks (1-2) knew Cal Poly's style was dangerous. And losing to them confirms it. They'll take a week off before opening MVFC play.12
17 Charleston Southern FCS Football Top 25Charleston SouthernThe Buccs (1-2) had this week off, but still move up, just because of the schedule they've played. They visit a game Monmouth squad next week.18
18Wofford FCS Football Top 25 WoffordWofford (2-1) hammered a lower division opponent this week, but host a surprising undefeated East Tennessee State next week.19
19 Albany FCS Football Top 25AlbanyAlbany (3-0), what size slipper do you wear? Cinderella smashed Holy Cross and host St. Francis next week. Start believing, because they are!20
20Samford FCS Football Top 25 SamfordSamford (2-0) had to be pleased to see Chattanooga struggle with Furman. They will have had two weeks to prepare for the Mocs next week.22
21Youngstown State FCS Football Top 25Youngstown StateThe Penguins (2-1) join the list of contenders who have under-scheduled. They'll take this week off and start conference play after that.23
22McNeese State FCS Football Top 25 McNeese StateThe Cowboys (1-2) lose an unexpected game at home to Stephen F. Austin. Another loss like this could be playoff fatal with SHSU still looming.16
23#12 New Hampshire FCS Football 2015 Preview New HampshireA loss to Dartmouth isn't necessarily bad, but the Wildcats (1-2) don't think so. A trip to Rhode Island might be just what they need.17
24Northern Arizona FCS Football Top 25Northern ArizonaThe Lumberjacks (1-2) get the win this week, but did it against a lower division foe. EWU comes calling next week. Again - here come the points!24
25Colgate LogoColgateThe Raiders (1-1) beat what most thought would be a decent Yale team and did it very handily. Can they take advantage of Richmond next week?NR