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Wofford Up To 12th In FCS Rankings

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Six games between teams ranked in the top 25 led to a shake-up of the FCS Coaches Poll rankings this week, including three new teams entering the poll.

For the first time in four weeks, North Dakota State was not the unanimous No. 1, as Towson stole one first-place vote from the Bison. NDSU received 649 points and 25 first-place votes following its 24-23 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday. Towson’s 44-28 win over last week’s No. 18, New Hampshire, was convincing enough to give the Tigers a No. 1 vote and 623 points this week.

Sam Houston State remains in the third spot with 600 points after its bye week, while Eastern Illinois moved to No. 4 following a bye week of its own. Northern Iowa dropped one spot after dropping a one-point decision to North Dakota State.

Coastal Carolina (521), Montana State (502) and Eastern Washington (448) remained at spots six through eight, while Fordham (418) debuts in the top 10 at No. 9 after dropping last week’s No. 10, Lehigh, 52-34. Montana closed out the top 10 after the Grizzlies received 417 points.

McNeese State moved forward three spots following its convincing 59-28 win over Central Arkansas, which was ranked 11th last week. Wofford (319) and Bethune-Cookman (315) each jumped three positions in the poll to No. 12 and No. 13 respectively, after wins on Saturday. Lehigh fell five spots to 15th, receiving 284 points.

Villanova, Youngstown State and Maine moved inside the top 20 after being ranked No. 20, No. 22 and No. 23, respectively, last week. The Wildcats are No. 15 with 248 points, followed by Youngstown State’s 219 points. Maine jumped six spots to No. 17 after a 62-28 win over Delaware, which was ranked No. 25 a week ago.

South Dakota State, James Madison and Central Arkansas round out the top 20. Northern Arizona and New Hampshire each dropped four spots to No. 21 and No. 22 following losses over the weekend. Tennessee State, Jacksonville State and undefeated Charleston Southern finish out the top 25 after being unranked last week.

Cal Poly, Gardner-Webb and Delaware fell from the rankings after being ranked No. 19, No. 24 and No. 25 last week.

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 6 FCS Coaches Poll  (Oct. 7, 2013)

Team (No. 1 Votes)               Record                Points        Last Week

1. North Dakota State (25)         5-0                    649                   1

2. Towson (1)                            6-0                    623                   2

3. Sam Houston State               4-1                    600                   3

4. Eastern Illinois                       4-1                    555                   5

5. Northern Iowa                        4-1                    530                   4

6. Coastal Carolina                    5-0                    521                   6

7. Montana State                       4-2                    502                   7

8. Eastern Washington               3-2                    448                   8

9. Fordham                               6-0                    418                   13

10. Montana                              4-1                    417                   12

11. McNeese State                    5-1                    393                   14

12. Wofford                              3-2                    319                   15

13. Bethune-Cookman               4-1                    315                   16

14. Lehigh                                 4-1                    284                   10

15. Villanova                             3-2                    248                   20

16. Youngstown State               5-1                    219                   22

17. Maine                                  5-1                    215                   23

18. South Dakota State             3-3                    211                   9

19. James Madison                   4-2                    210                   21

20. Central Arkansas                  2-3                    158                   11

21. Northern Arizona                  3-2                    107                   17

22. New Hampshire                    1-3                    77                     18

23. Tennessee State                  5-1                    76                     NR

24. Jacksonville State                5-1                    66                     NR

25. Charleston Southern             6-0                    60                     NR

Dropped from rankings:

No. 19 Cal Poly

No. 24 Gardner-Webb

No. 25 Delaware

Others receiving votes: Gardner-Webb 35, Harvard 31, Cal Poly 29, South Carolina State 22, Samford 15, Yale 12, Southern Utah 7, William and Mary 7, Richmond 7, Delaware 6, UT-Martin 5, Chattanooga 4, Murray State 4, Sacred Heart 3, Alabama 2, Jackson State 1, Southern Illinois 1, Alcorn State 1, Stephen F. Austin 1

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