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2015 Week 7 FCS Rankings (October 5 – October 11)

October 4, 2015
North Dakota State junior linebacker MJ Stumpf (#41) hoists the Dakota Marker after the Bison defeated South Dakota State 28-7 in Brookings, SD. (photo courtesy of gobison.com

North Dakota State junior linebacker MJ Stumpf (#41) hoists the Dakota Marker after the Bison defeated South Dakota State 28-7 in Brookings, SD. (photo courtesy of gobison.com)

Coastal Carolina continues to chug along as the top-ranked team in the nation after pummeling visiting Alabama A&M 55-0 at Brooks Stadium in Conway, SC. Alex Ross passed for, only, 153 yards, but connected on four touchdown strikes; two to running back De’Angelo Henderson, who rushed for 102 yards and another score. The Chanticleers (5-0, 0-0 Big South) rolled to a 38-0 halftime lead and coasted through the final 30 minutes to collect their 100th victory as well as the first shutout of a Division-1 opponent since the program’s inception in 2003. The Bulldogs (1-3, 1-1 SWAC-E) were able to amass 311 yards of offense, but were unable to light the scoreboard due, in part, to three turnovers.

In the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both squads, Illinois State used the powerful running of senior Marshaun Coprich to dispatch 6th-ranked Northern Iowa 21-13 in front of a sold-out Hancock Stadium. Coprich tallied 169 yards on 33 totes and added two touchdowns to his already impressive college career, which included passing Toby Davis as the school’s all-time leading rusher. The second-ranked Redbirds (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) forced three turnovers and held the Panthers (2-2, 0-1 MVFC) to 250 yards of total offense.

For the sixth consecutive season, the Dakota Marker will call Fargo, ND home. Carson Wentz totaled 237 offensive yards and two touchdowns as #3 North Dakota State built a 21-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 28-7 victory over South Dakota State at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings, SD. The Bison (3-1, 1-0) forced the Jackrabbits (3-1, 0-1 MVFC) to the air by allowing minus-four yards rushing on 15 attempts as the four-time defending FCS champions stacked the line of scrimmage and kept pressure on quarterback Zach Lujan throughout the contest. Lujan, for his part, passed for 242 yards and a third quarter touchdown to Dallas Goedert. Chase Morlock and King Frazier added touchdown runs for North Dakota State, who compiled 202 rushing yards and 183 yards through the air.

Troymaine Pope and Eli Jenkins each rushed for a pair of touchdowns in limited action while Jacksonville State’s defense held Mississippi Valley State to 194 yards in a 49-7 rout at a rainy Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium in Jacksonville, AL. Jenkins added a first-quarter touchdown pass to Ruben Gonzalez and moved into fourth place on the school’s career total offense list, passing Ryan Perrilloux with 5,573 yards. The Gamecocks (4-1, 2-0 OVC) ball-hawked all afternoon, intercepting four passes and limiting the Delta Devils (0-5, 0-3 SWAC-E) to 68 rushing yards on 41 carries.

Following South Dakota State’s loss to North Dakota State, James Madison moves into the top-five after a 38-20 win over CAA foe Stony Brook in a contest that was not, nearly, as close as the score would indicate. The Dukes (5-0, 2-0 CAA) rolled up more than 500 yards of offense for the fifth consecutive game and held a 38-7 lead after three quarters. Khalid Abdullah rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns while quarterback Vad Lee passed for 225 yards, rushed for 91 and accounted for two scores. The Seawolves’ (2-2, 1-2 CAA) lone bright spot of the day, before two late touchdowns runs by quarterback Joe Carbone, was wide receiver Ray Bolden, who caught six passes for 102 yards.

Liberty rebounds into the top-25 on the strength of their 41-33 road victory over FBS program Georgia State.

Also returning to the top-25 is Northern Arizona, after holding off then-#21 Montana State 49-41 while fellow Big Sky program North Dakota makes its debut in the rankings after a hard-fought 19-17 victory at previously undefeated Portland State.

Joining Montana State and Stony Brook on the outside of the top-25, after being ranked, is William and Mary, after Frank Raggo’s 29-yard field goal as time expired lifted Delaware past the Tribe 24-23.

Week 6 results and Week 7 rankings and opponents:

(All scheduled game times ET)

1. Coastal Carolina (5-0, 0-0 Big South) This week: vs. Presbyterian (1-4, 0-0 Big South) Sat 10/10 2:00PM
(LW – 1) Last week: defeated Alabama A&M (1-3, 1-1 SWAC-E) 55-0

2. Illinois State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) This week: at #17 Youngstown State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) Sat 10/10 7:00PM
(LW – 2) Last week: defeated #6 Northern Iowa (2-2, 0-1 MVFC) 21-13

3. North Dakota State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) This week: vs. #7 Northern Iowa (2-2, 0-1 MVFC) Sat 10/10 2:00PM
(LW – 3) Last week: won at #5 South Dakota State (3-1, 0-1 MVFC) 28-7

4. Jacksonville State (4-1, 2-0 OVC) This week: IDLE
(LW – 4) Last week: defeated Mississippi Valley State (0-5, 0-3 SWAC-E) 49-7

5. James Madison (5-0, 2-0 CAA) This week: at Towson (2-2, 0-1 CAA) Sat 10/10 3:00PM
(LW – 7) Last week: defeated #23 Stony Brook (2-2, 1-2 CAA) 38-20

6. South Dakota State (3-1, 0-1 MVFC) This week: vs. #18 Indiana State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) Sat 10/10 7:00PM
(LW – 5) Last week: lost to #3 North Dakota State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) 28-7

7. Northern Iowa (2-2, 0-1 MVFC) This week: at #3 North Dakota State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) Sat 10/10 2:00PM
(LW – 6) Last week: lost at #2 Illinois State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) 21-13

8. Eastern Washington (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky) This week: vs. #20 Cal Poly (2-3, 1-1 Big Sky) Sat 10/10 4:05PM
(LW – 8) Last week: IDLE

9. Fordham (4-1, 1-0 Patriot) This week: at Pennsylvania (1-2, 0-1 Ivy) Sat 10/10 1:00PM
(LW – 9) Last week: won at Lafayette (1-4, 0-1 Patriot) 35-7

10. Chattanooga (3-1, 1-0 Southern) This week: vs. Furman (3-2, 1-0 Southern) Sat 10/10 1:00PM
(LW – 10) Last week: IDLE

11. Southeastern Louisiana (3-1, 2-0 Southland) This week: vs. #19 McNeese State (4-0, 3-0 Southland) Sat 10/10 7:00PM
(LW – 11) Last week: defeated Lamar (2-2, 1-1 Southland) 30-27

12. Richmond (3-1, 1-0 CAA) This week: vs. Elon (2-3, 1-1 CAA) Sat 10/10 3:30PM
(LW – 12) Last week: defeated Maine (1-3, 1-1 CAA) 48-17

13. Montana (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky) This week: vs. Weber State (2-3, 1-1 Big Sky) Sat 10/10 4:00PM
(LW – 13) Last week: won at UC Davis (0-5, 0-2 Big Sky) 27-13

14. Harvard (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) This week: at Cornell (0-3, 0-1 Ivy) Sat 10/10 12:00PM
(LW – 14) Last week: defeated Georgetown (2-3, 0-0 Patriot) 45-0

15. Eastern Kentucky (2-2, 1-0 OVC) This week: vs. Tennessee Tech (2-3, 1-1 OVC) Thu 10/8 7:00PM
(LW – 16) Last week: lost to Kentucky (4-1, 2-1 SEC-E) 34-27 (OT)

16. Villanova (2-2, 1-0 CAA) This week: vs. William & Mary (2-2, 1-1 CAA) Sat 10/10 12:00PM
(LW – 15) Last week: IDLE

17. Youngstown State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) This week: vs. #2 Illinois State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) Sat 10/10 7:00PM
(LW – 17) Last week: won at South Dakota (2-2, 0-1 MVFC) 31-3

18. Indiana State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) This week: at #6 South Dakota State (3-1, 0-1 MVFC) Sat 10/10 7:00PM
(LW – 18) Last week: won at Missouri State (1-3, 0-1 MVFC) 56-28

19. McNeese State (4-0, 3-0 Southland) This week: at #11 Southeastern Louisiana (3-1, 2-0 Southland) Sat 10/10 7:00PM
(LW – 19) Last week: won at Nicholls State (0-4, 0-2 Southland) 37-7

20. Cal Poly (2-3, 1-1 Big Sky) This week: at #8 Eastern Washington (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky) Sat 10/10 4:05PM
(LW – 22) Last week: defeated Idaho State (1-4, 0-2 Big Sky) 58-26

21. New Hampshire (3-2, 1-1 CAA) This week: IDLE
(LW – 24) Last week: defeated Elon (2-3, 1-1 CAA) 37-14

22. Dartmouth (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) This week: vs. Yale (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) Sat 10/10 1:30PM
(LW – 25) Last week: won at Pennsylvania (1-2, 0-1 Ivy) 41-20

23. North Dakota (4-1, 2-0 Big Sky) This week: vs. Idaho State (1-3, 0-1 Big Sky) Sat 10/10 2:00PM
(LW – NR) Last week: won at Portland State (3-1, 1-1 Big Sky) 19-17

24. Liberty (3-2, 0-0 Big South) This week: at Gardner-Webb (1-3, 0-0 Big South) Sat 10/10 7:00PM
(LW – NR) Last week: won at Georgia State (1-3, 1-0 Sun Belt) 41-33

25. Northern Arizona (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky) This week: at UC Davis (0-5, 0-1 Big Sky) Sat 10/10 7:00PM
(LW – NR) Last week: defeated #21 Montana State (2-2, 1-1 Big Sky) 49-41

Dropped Out: #20 William & Mary, #21 Montana State, #23 Stony Brook

Also Receiving Consideration:

William & Mary (2-2, 1-1 CAA), Lamar (2-2, 1-1 Southland), Montana State (2-2, 1-1 Big Sky), Stony Brook (2-2, 1-2 CAA), Bethune-Cookman (4-1, 2-0 MEAC), Samford (2-2, 0-1 Southern), Sam Houston State (2-2, 1-1 Southland), Yale (3-0, 1-0 Ivy), North Carolina A&T (3-1, 1-0 MEAC), Portland State (3-1, 1-1 Big Sky), Princeton (3-0, 1-0 Ivy), Jacksonville (4-0, 2-0 Pioneer), Tennessee State (3-1, 0-1 OVC), Charleston Southern (3-1, 0-0 Big South), Alcorn State (4-1, 3-0 SWAC), San Diego (3-1, 2-0 Pioneer), Southern Utah (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky), Furman (3-2, 1-0 Southern), Dayton (4-0, 1-0 Pioneer), Wofford (3-2, 1-0 Southern)

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