Final FCS Football Top 25 Rankings

1#7 James Madison FCS Football 2015 Preview James MadisonJMU (14-1) won the FCS National Championship, ending with a 12 game win streak. Now work begins to repeat. Congrats!5
2Youngstown State FCS Football Top 25Youngstown StateYSU (12-4) won four games en route to the title game, but fell short in the end. Still, the Penguins are back to prominence.9
3#1 North Dakota State FCS Football 2015 PreviewNorth Dakota StateNDSU's (12-2) roll toward a sixth championship was stopped by JMU. Don't think they won't be a major player in 2017.3
4Eastern Washington FCS Football Top 25Eastern WashingtonEWU (12-2) looked invincible when they shutout Richmond in the quarters, but Youngstown State had different plans in semis.4
5 South Dakota State FCS FootballSouth Dakota StateSDSU (9-4) won a war against Villanova before falling to MVFC nemesis, NDSU. Watch out for these guys next year.8
6Richmond FCS Football Top 25 RankingsRichmondRichmond (10-4) beat NC A&T then won a roadie at North Dakota. But the roadie to EWU was too much. 17
7Sam Houston State LogoSam Houston StateSHSU (12-1) was able to dispatch of Chattanooga before a blowout loss to JMU in the quarters.
8Wofford FCS Football Top 25WoffordWofford (10-4) became kings of South Carolina, beating Charleston South and The Citadel before losing to Youngstown State.15
9Jacksonville StateJacksonville StateJSU (10-2) were given the #3 seed and lost out immediately to Youngstown State.1
10#5 Coastal Carolina FCS Football 2015 PreviewCoastal CarolinaCoastal (10-2) didn't participate in the playoffs because they're going to the FBS Sun Belt Conference. Good luck!10
11North Dakota LogoNorth DakotaUND (9-3) shared the Big Sky title and took a #7 seed into the playoffs, but were edged by Richmond in Round 2.6
12Citadel FCS Football Top 25 RankingsCitadelThe Citadel (10-2) were undefeated, but lost their finale, still earning a #6 seed. But they couldn't beat Wofford when it counted.7
13Central Arkansas FCS Football Top 25Central ArkansasUCA (10-3) roared back to beat Illinois State, but were slowed down condierably by EWU in Round 2.11
14Villanova FCS Football Top 25VillanovaNova (9-4) got by St. Francis in Round 1, but lost a Round 2 war at SDSU, 10-7. Enjoy retirement coach Talley!
15#9 Chattanooga FCS Football 2015 PreviewChattanoogaThe Mocs (9-4) annihilated Weber State then lost a close one at SHSU. Would they have faired better against JMU?16
16#12 New Hampshire FCS Football 2015 PreviewNew HampshireUNH (8-5) crushed Lehigh, then got crushed in a rematch with James Madison. Still, 13-year playoff streak remains intact.19
17Charleston Southern FCS Football Top 25Charleston SouthernCSU (7-4) lost a dogfight to Wofford in Round 1, 15-14. How far would they have gone had they pulled that one out?14
18Lehigh LogoLehighLehigh (9-3) ends their season getting throttled by UNH, 64-21 in Round 1...ouch!13
19San Diego LogoSan DiegoUSD (10-2) beat Cal Poly in Round 1 before losing to NDSU. That win was the Pioneer's first ever in the FCS Playoffs.NR
20 Samford FCS Football Top 25SamfordSamford (7-5) lost in Round 1 to Youngstown State, but made it a fight.24
21Cal Poly Football Top 25Cal PolyCP (7-5) was shocked in Round 1 by non-scholarship San Diego. They beat the Toreros in Week 2, but not when it counted.21
22Weber State Football Top 25Weber StateWSU (7-5) was blitzed by Chattanooga in Round 1, 45-14. It was a tough game, but still a bad showing.22
23Grambling State LogoGrambling StateGrambling (12-1) rolled through the SWAC, then squeaked out a 10-9 Celebrations Bowl win over NC Central.NR
24Fordham Football Top 25FordhamFordham (8-3) did not participate in the playoffs despite winning 6 of their last 7. The Committee thought differently.20
25North Carolina A&T LogoNorth Carolina A&TNC A&T (9-3) lost to rival NC Central, ironically putting them in the playoffs. But the Richmond buzzsaw chewed them up.23


Final FCS Football Power Rankings