Week 5 FCS Football Top 25 Rankings

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North Dakota StateNDSU (4-0) won back the Dakota Marker from SDSU in a national showdown. Next week they have their first road game at UNI.1
2James Madison LogoJames MadisonJMU (4-1) splattered Richmond all over the field, 63-10. The mojo is flowing right now. Can Elon stop it?2
3Eastern Washington LogoEastern WashingtonEWU (4-1) beat Montana State, 34-17. Never really in doubt. Barring the 'trap', next week's home date with SUU shouldn't be either.5
4South Dakota State LogoSouth Dakota StateSDSU (2-1) lost to NDSU. But they pushed the Bison, leading in the 4th quarter. A home date with Indiana State awaits.3
5Kennesaw State LogoKennesaw StateThe Owls (4-1) may have put the final nail in Samford's season. Now the Big South defense begins with Presbyterian visiting first.4
6Elon LogoElonElon (3-1) stayed hot and hurting UNH's playoff hopes further. Monster showdown in Harrisonburg for early CAA supremecy next.8
7McNeese LogoMcNeese StateMcNeese (4-1) didn't look overly impressive, beating SFA 17-10. Next week's game against Abilene Christian should be easier.10
8Montana LogoMontanaMontana (4-1) continued to roll, this week over Cal Poly. Portland State doesn't look like a good candidate to end their winning ways.12
9Wofford LogoWoffordWofford (3-1) proves Terriers are better than Bulldogs, beating Gardner-Webb. If they win at Chattanooga next, the SoCon is theirs.13
10Weber State LogoWeber StateWSU (3-1) had the week off. Next week is a trip to banged up Northern Arizona. Will they look past to EWU in two weeks?14
11Jacksonville State LogoJacksonville StateJSU (3-1) came out slow but cruised eventually over Austin Peay. Have they improved or is the OVC down? Might be both.11
12Illinois State LogoIllinois StateHmm? Did anybody see the Redbirds (3-1) losing to Missouri State? Interesting hiccup, but Western Illinois won't cut them slack next.6
13UC Davis LogoUC DavisUCD (3-1) rested this week. A road game with a physical NoCo is next. But can the Bears handle the Aggies' high-powered finesse?18
14Stony Brook LogoStony BrookSB (4-1) squeezed by Villanova to go 2-0 in the CAA. A tough road test to 3-1 Towson is next. That alone ups the stakes.20
15Nicholls LogoNichollsNicholls (3-2) emerged from the meat grinder part of their schedule and whooped Lamar. They'll try to do the same at NW State next.15
16Colgate FCS Football Top 25ColgateThe 'Gate (4-0) continues to shine, this time shutting out W&M, 23-0. Hard to see a loss on this schedule until season's end at Army.16
17Sam Houston State LogoSam Houston StateSHSU (2-2) won a massively important game against UCA. Now they should be favored in every game the rest of the way.22
18Maine LogoMaineMaine (2-2) has lost all early momentum. That bye came too early. Vital home game with Villanova is next. Playoff implications, folks.7
19Villanova LogoVillanova'Nova (3-2) is now 0-2 against non-Pennsylvania teams. That road game to Maine is important. Can they break the jinx?9
20Rhode Island LogoRhode IslandURI (3-1) beat Harvard this week. Yes, it's an Ivy team, but is also 2-0 in CAA play. They'll host the Ivy's Rhodie team next, Brown.NR
21Missouri State LogoMissouri StateMSU (3-1) pulled one of the two or three biggest upsets of the year, beating Illinois State. Can they do it again at South Dakota?NR
22Montana State LogoMontana StateThe Bobcats (3-2) fell to EWU. They just aren't at the Sky's top level yet. This week they get a bye to prepare for Idaho.17
23UNI LogoNorthern IowaIs UNI (2-2) a product of two stronger and two weaker opponents? We'll find out this week. Still, consecutive shutouts are tough to do.NR
24North Carolina A&T LogoNorth Carolina A&TA&T (4-1) had trouble with another winless team early, but prevailed in the end this time. Roadie to horrible Delaware State is next.25
25Tennessee State LogoTennessee StateTSU (2-1) gave Vanderbilt all they could handle, coming up just short. A road test at Austin Peay could be for the OVC's second place.24


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