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Wofford Holds At 15th In FCS Rankings

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Three teams entered the top 10 of the FCS Coaches Poll this week, with Eastern Illinois, Coastal Carolina and Lehigh jumping seven, six and seven spots, respectively, in the rankings. North Dakota State kept a strong hold on the No. 1 slot, notching all 26 first-place votes for the fourth consecutive week.

The Bison shut out South Dakota State 20-0 on Saturday, holding last week’s sixth-ranked team to minus-32 yards rushing and 124 yards of total offense on the day. NDSU will face another top-10 opponent this week, as the Bison welcome No. 4 Northern Iowa to the Fargodome.

Towson sits at No. 2 again this week, picking up 623 points from the coaches. Sam Houston State (599) moved up one spot to fourth following a 49-35 win over then-No. 3 Eastern Washington. Northern Iowa (567) also inched up a spot in the rankings to No. 4. The Panthers dropped McNeese State, which was ranked No. 9 last week, 41-6 on Saturday.

Eastern Illinois jumped seven spots into the top five for the first time this season, earning 485 points. Coastal Carolina pushed forward six spots in the rankings to No. 6 after moving to 5-0 with a 53-28 win at Elon on Saturday. Montana State (465) is seventh, followed by Eastern Washington (450), South Dakota State (432) and Lehigh (345) rounding out the top 10.

Central Arkansas (336) moved forward to No. 11, while Montana (330) droped from the top 10 to the No. 12 slot. Fordham jumped three spots this week to settle at No. 13, followed by McNeese State (320) and Wofford (298).

Bethune-Cookman slid up to No. 16 with 256 points, while Northern Arizona (242) jumped five spots to No. 17 this week. New Hampshire fell 11 spots to No. 18 after suffering a 34-27 defeat at the hands of Lehigh.

Cal Poly in 19th with 198 points, followed by Villanova (168), James Madison (122) and Youngstown State (117).

Three new teams enter the poll, with Maine (103) taking the No. 23 ranking. Gardner-Webb (49) and Delaware (47) make their debuts at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively.

Richmond, Stony Brook and Illinois State dropped from the rankings.

The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.

Week 5 FCS Coaches Poll  (Sept. 30, 2013)

Team (No. 1 Votes)               Record                Points        Last Week

1. North Dakota State (26)         4-0                    650                   1

2. Towson                                 5-0                    623                   2

3. Sam Houston State               4-1                    599                   4

4. Northern Iowa                        4-0                    567                   5

5. Eastern Illinois                       4-1                    485                   12

6. Coastal Carolina                    5-0                    477                   11

7. Montana State                       3-2                    465                   10

8. Eastern Washington               2-2                    450                   3

9. South Dakota State               3-2                    432                   6

10. Lehigh                                 4-0                    345                   17

11. Central Arkansas                  2-2                    336                   13

12. Montana                              3-1                    330                   7

13. Fordham                             5-0                    328                   16

14. McNeese State                    4-1                    320                   9

15. Wofford                              2-2                    298                   15

16. Bethune-Cookman               3-1                    256                   18

17. Northern Arizona                  3-1                    242                   22

18. New Hampshire                    1-2                    222                   7

19. Cal Poly                              2-2                    198                   19

20. Villanova                             2-2                    168                   21

21. James Madison                   3-1                    122                   14

22. Youngstown State               4-1                    117                   25

23. Maine                                  4-1                    103                   NR

24. Gardner-Webb                     4-1                    49                     NR

25. Delaware                             3-1                    47                     NR

Dropped from rankings:

No. 20 Richmond

No. 23 Stony Brook

No. 24 Illinois State

Others receiving votes: UT Martin 42, Richmond 33, William & Mary 30, Tennessee State 21, Charleston Southern 16, Harvard 16, North Carolina A&T 14, Stony Brook 10, Sacred Heart 8, Illinois State 6, South Carolina State 6, Jacksonville State 3, Portland State 3, Indiana State 1, Stephen F. Austin 1

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