Final FCS Football Top 25 Rankings

1North Dakota State LogoNorth Dakota StateNDSU (16-0) won their 8th FCS Championship in 9 years. Look for the Bison to start 2020 in this same spot. Congrats.1
2James Madison LogoJames MadisonJMU (14-2) go wire-to-wire as the #2 team. Just about any other year, the Dukes would have won it all. 2
3Weber State LogoWeber StateWSU (11-4) ran into the JMU buzzsaw in the semis. Wildcats are moving into the conversation as FCS' third best program annually.4
4Montana State LogoMontana StateMSU (11-4) made the semifinals but fall to NDSU. Great season for the Bobcats, who are trying to get to national prominence.5
5Montana LogoMontanaUM (10-4) used their #6 seed and punished Southeastern Louisiana in the 2nd Round, before losing a toughie to Weber State.7
6Northern Iowa LogoNorthern IowaUNI (10-5) gave San Diego and SDSU playoff pink slips before getting shutout by JMU in the quarterfinals.8
7Austin Peay LogoAustin PeayAPSU (11-4) crushed Furman and cruised by Sacramento State in the firt two rounds. The trip to Montana State was a bit too much.11
8Illinois State LogoIllinois StateISUred (10-4) won at SE Missouri State and at Central Arkansas before falling in a tight one to North Dakota State.12
9Sacramento State LogoSacramento StateSac State (9-4) made the playoffs for their first time and was the #4 seed. That wasn't impressive enough for Austin Peay to care.3
10South Dakota State LogoSouth Dakota StateSDSU (8-5) lost their first playoff game in the Second Round to UNI. Another solid season for the Jackrabbits.13
11Central Arkansas LogoCentral ArkansasUCA (9-4) was seed #8 and had a great year. One of three to beat an FBS team, but fell short at home to Illinois State.9
12Kennesaw State LogoKennesaw StateKSU (11-3) earned their playoff spot, finishing the season hot and beating Wofford. The trip to Weber State was just a little too tough.16
13Monmouth LogoMonmouthHawks (11-3) had a very productive season, winning their first Big South title. Beat Holy Cross before falling hard to JMU.15
14Nicholls LogoNichollsNU (9-5) won the Southland automatic bid this year and beat North Dakota. North Dakota State? That's a different animal.17
15Albany LogoAlbanyAlbany (9-5) had a great run into the playoffs, then whipped CCSU. Unfortunately, the game at Montana State was not their day.21
16Southeastern LouisianaSoutheastern LouisianaSLU (8-5) had a terrific First Round win over Villanova, but was completely overmatched at Montana. Still, a fine season.18
17Villanova LogoVillanovaNova (9-4) lost a First Round heart breaker to SE Louisiana.10
18Wofford LogoWoffordWofford (8-4) couldn't run with the Owls in the First Round, falling to KSU.6
19Southeast Missouri State LogoSE Missouri StateSEMO (9-4) dropped their opening round game to Illinois State at home.19
20Central Connecticut State LogoCentral Connecticut StateCCSU (11-2) had a rough go in the First Round at Albany. Still a great year for the Blue Devils.20
21North Carolina A&T LogoNorth Carolina A&TNCA&T (9-3) started slow but erupted for a 64-44 Celebrations Bowl win over Alcorn State. It's the Aggies fourth Bowl win in five years.NR
22San Diego FCS Football Top 25San DiegoUSD (9-3) gave UNI all they could, but their offense couldn't solve the Panthers' defense.22
23North Dakota FCS Football Top 25North DakotaUND (7-5) dropped a stinker at Nicholls. No more independence, the Fightin' Hawks move to the MVFC in 2020.23
24Southern Illinois LogoSouthern IllinoisSIU (7-5) was not invited to the playoffs. Would they have shown better than Furman? Probably.24
25Furman LogoFurmanFurman (8-5) was waxed by Austin Peay in the First Round. Probably shouldn't have been in the playoffs.14


FCS Football Final Power Rankings