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Wofford Up To 11th In FCS Rankings

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Eastern Illinois used a Sam Houston State loss to becomes the third different No. 2 team in three weeks, while North Dakota State took all 26 first-place votes in this week’s FCS Coaches Poll.

The Bison dropped Southern Illinois 31-10 on Saturday to win their 16th straight game and keep hold of the No. 1 ranking. Eastern Illinois jumped to the No. 2 slot after being ranked third last week. The Panthers earned 617 points following their 55-33 win over Southeast Missouri State.

Coastal Carolina also moved up one position in the poll to No. 3, as the 7-0 Chanticleers received 562 points from the coaches. Eastern Washington entered the top five with 543 points, leapfrogging Montana State (522), who remained at No. 5.

Towson is sixth with 509 points, followed by last week’s tenth ranked team, McNeese State (505). Fordham and Sam Houston State share the No. 8 ranking after both teams received 470 points this week. Montana (431) rounds out the top 10, dropping one spot from last week.

Wofford (380), Youngstown State (347) and Bethune-Cookman (339) are next, followed by Maine and Lehigh with 298 and 272 points, respectively.

James Madison is No. 16 after notching 226 points, and Villanova droped six spots to No. 17 following a loss to New Hampshire. Northern Iowa (184), Northern Arizona (182) and Central Arkansas (177) round out the top 20.

Tennessee State (144) and New Hampshire (135) each move up one spot to No. 21 and No. 22, while Harvard jumps two spots to No. 23 with 56 points. Charleston Southern and South Dakota State round out the rankings tied at No. 25 with 49 points.

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 8 FCS Coaches Poll  (Oct. 21, 2013)

Team (No. 1 Votes)               Record                Points        Last Week

1. North Dakota State (26)         7-0                    650                   1

2. Eastern Illinois                       6-1                    617                   3

3. Coastal Carolina                    7-0                    562                   4

4. Eastern Washington               5-2                    543                   6

5. Montana State                       5-2                    522                   5

6. Towson                                 7-1                    509                   7

7. McNeese State                      6-1                    505                   10

T-8. Fordham                            8-0                    470                   8

T-8. Sam Houston State             5-2                    470                   2

10. Montana                              6-1                    431                   9

11. Wofford                              5-2                    380                   12

12. Youngstown State               7-1                    347                   15

13. Bethune-Cookman               6-1                    339                   14

14. Maine                                  6-1                    298                   17

15. Lehigh                                 6-1                    272                   16

16. James Madison                   6-1                    226                   19

17. Villanova                             4-3                    195                   11

18. Northern Iowa                      4-3                    184                   13

19. Northern Arizona                  5-2                    182                   21

20. Central Arkansas                  4-3                    177                   20

21. Tennessee State                  7-1                    144                   22

22. New Hampshire                    3-3                    135                   23

23. Harvard                               5-0                    56                     25

T-24. Charleston Southern          7-1                    49                     24

T-24. South Dakota State           4-4                    49                     18

Others receiving votes: Samford 33, Southeastern Louisiana 28, Nicholls State 10, Chattanooga 9, Jacksonville State 8, Sacramento State 7, Cal Poly 6, South Carolina State 5, Princeton 4, Alcorn State 4, Alabama State 3, Jackson State 2, Southern Utah 2, Delaware 2, Southern Illinois 1, Sacred Heart 1

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