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2016 FCS Week 6 Top-25 Rankings

October 2, 2016
Once again, Cooper Kupp is doing Cooper Kupp things, as the Eastern Washington WR caught 12 passes for 274 yards and 2 TDs while setting the NCAA Division-1 receiving yards record in the Eagles 63-30 win over UC Davis. (photo courtesy of goeags.com)

Once again, Cooper Kupp is doing Cooper Kupp things, as the Eastern Washington WR caught 12 passes for 274 yards and two TDs while setting the NCAA Division-1 career receiving yards record in the Eagles’ 63-30 win over UC Davis. (photo courtesy of goeags.com)

Five-time defending champion North Dakota State remains atop the rankings with a resounding conference win, a top-five club needed a blocked PAT in double overtime to head home with a victory and five teams shuffle out of this week’s top-25 rankings.

Easton Stick passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns and North Dakota State’s defense kept Illinois State off the scoreboard in the second half en route to a 31-10 win at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND. The Bison (4-0, 1-0 MVFC) trailed 10-7 less than two minutes into the second quarter after the Redbirds (2-3, 0-2 MVFC) found the end zone on an 18-yard strike from Jake Kolbe to Anthony Fowler, but Stick countered with his trifecta of scoring passes before halftime – to Rj Urzendowski, Lance Dunn and Nate Jensen – to give the defending champs a 28-10 lead before turning to the defense to control the second half.

Jeremiah Briscoe threw for a school record seven touchdown passes as #3 Sam Houston State won the 91st Battle of the Piney Woods, cruising to a 63-28 win over Stephen F. Austin at NRG Stadium in Houston. Briscoe, who, also, set a career high with 438 passing yards, tossed five scoring strikes in the first half as the Bearkats (4-0, 3-0 Southland) built a 42-7 lead at the break. Nathan Stewart caught five passes for a game-high 183 yards and two touchdowns while Yedediah Louis snared seven balls for 119 yards and a pair of scores. The Lumberjacks (3-2, 2-1 Southland) were led by the quarterback duo of Hunter Taylor and Zach Conque, who combined for 379 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Derrick Craine rushed for three touchdowns to lead fourth-ranked Chattanooga to an easy 37-7 victory over East Tennessee State at Tipton Stadium in Johnson City, TN. The Mocs (5-0, 3-0 Southern) used a smothering defense to limit the Buccaneers (2-2, 1-2 Southern) to 132 total yards while forcing a pair turnovers and four three-and-out possessions.

Johnny Robinson blocked a point-after-touchdown attempt in the second overtime to preserve #5 Charleston Southern’s 59-58 thrilling victory over former conference mate and #8 Coastal Carolina in Conway, SC. The Buccaneers (3-2, 1-0 Big South trailed after one quarter, 21-7, as DeAngelo Henderson rushed for three touchdowns to stake the Chanticleers (3-2, IND) to an early lead. Shane Bucenell rallied Charleston Southern in the second quarter with two of his four touchdown passes on the day to give the visitors a 23-21 advantage at recess. The teams traded multiple scores in the second half, with the lead changing hands six times, until Ryan Granger forced overtime with a 35-yard field goal as regulation time expired. Each overtime featured touchdowns by both teams, with the lone difference being Robinson blocking Granger’s PAT, shocking the 10,213 fans at Brooks Stadium.

#6 Eastern Washington used a 35-point third quarter to bludgeon UC Davis 63-30 on the inferno-red turf of Roos Field in Cheney, WA. In the game, Cooper Kupp, already the all-time Division-1 leader in receiving touchdowns, caught 12 passes for 274 yards and two scores, breaking Terrell Hudgins’ career mark for receiving yards with 5,417. Hudgins, who played for Elon between 2006 and 2009, owns the career receptions mark with 395, 43 more than Kupp’s total of 352.

Five teams, #14 Eastern Illinois, #20 Dartmouth, #21 Indiana State, #22 Sacred Heart and #23 William & Mary drop out of the rankings following losses while two teams, North Dakota (#19) and New Hampshire (#20) return to the top-25 and three clubs: Harvard (#23), Central Arkansas (#24) and Cornell (#25) make their 2016 debuts.

1. North Dakota State (4-0, 1-0 MVFC) This week: at Missouri State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) Sat 10/8 3:00PM ET
(LW – 1) defeated Illinois State (2-3, 0-2 MVFC) 31-10

2. Jacksonville State (3-1, 0-0 OVC) This week: vs. Tennessee Tech (2-3, 2-1 OVC) Sat 10/8 2:00PM ET
(LW – 2) IDLE

3. Sam Houston State (4-0, 3-0 Southland) This week: at Incarnate Word (1-4, 1-2 Southland) Sat 10/8 7:00PM ET
(LW – 3) defeated Stephen F. Austin (3-2, 2-1 Southland) 63-28

4. Chattanooga (5-0, 3-0 Southern) This week: vs. Mercer (2-2, 1-1 Southern) Sat 10/8 4:00PM ET
(LW – 4) won at East Tennessee State (2-2, 1-2 Southern) 37-7

5. Charleston Southern (3-2, 1-0 Big South) This week: vs. Albany State (GA) (2-3, 1-1 SIAC/D-2) Sat 10/8 11:45AM
(LW – 5) won at #8 Coastal Carolina (3-2, IND) 59-58 (2 OT)

6. Eastern Washington (4-1, 2-0 Big Sky) This week: vs. Northern Colorado (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky) Sat 10/8 4:00PM ET
(LW – 6) defeated UC Davis (1-4, 0-2 Big Sky) 63-30

7. The Citadel (4-0, 3-0 Southern) This week: vs. North Greenville (3-2, IND/D2) Sat 10/8 2:00PM ET
(LW – 7) won at Western Carolina (1-3, 0-2 Southern) 37-14

8. Villanova (4-1, 2-0 Colonial) This week: vs. Rhode Island (1-4, 0-2 Colonial) Sat 10/8 12:00PM ET
(LW – 9) won at Elon (2-3, 1-1 Colonial) 42-7

9. Richmond (4-1, 1-1 Colonial) This week: at #17 Albany (4-0, 1-0 Colonial) Sat 10/8 3:30PM ET
(LW – 10) defeated Towson (1-3, 0-2 Colonial) 31-28

10. Coastal Carolina (3-2, 0-0 IND) This week: IDLE
(LW – 8) lost to #5 Charleston Southern (3-2, 1-0 Big South) 59-58 (2 OT)

11. James Madison (4-1, 2-0 Colonial) This week: vs. William & Mary (2-3, 0-2 Colonial) Sat 10/8 3:30PM ET
(LW – 13) defeated Delaware (2-2, 0-1 Colonial) 43-20

12. Montana (3-1, 1-1 Big Sky) This week: vs. Mississippi Valley State (0-5, 0-4 SWAC) Sat 10/8 4:30PM ET
(LW – 15) defeated Southern Utah (2-2, 1-1 Big Sky) 43-20

13. Northern Iowa (2-2, 1-0 MVFC) This week: at South Dakota (1-3, 0-1 MVFC) Sat 10/8 3:00PM ET
(LW – 16) defeated Southern Illinois (2-2, 0-1 MVFC) 42-21

14. South Dakota State (2-2, 1-0 MVFC) This week: at Southern Illinois (2-2, 0-1 MVFC) Sat 10/8 7:00PM ET
(LW – 17) defeated #11 Western Illinois (3-1, 0-1 MVFC) 52-14

15. Youngstown State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC) This week: at Illinois State (2-3, 0-2 MVFC) Sat 10/8 3:00PM ET
(LW – 18) defeated South Dakota (1-3, 0-1 MVFC) 30-20

16. North Carolina A&T (3-1, 1-0 MEAC) This week: vs. Norfolk State (1-4, 0-2 MEAC) Thu 10/6 7:30PM ET
(LW – 19) defeated Hampton (1-3, 1-1 MEAC) 31-9

17. Albany (4-0, 1-0 Colonial) This week: vs. #9 Richmond (4-1, 1-1 Colonial) Sat 10/8 3:30PM ET
(LW – 24) IDLE

18. Western Illinois (3-1, 0-1 MVFC) This week: vs. Indiana State (3-2, 1-1 MVFC) Sat 10/8 4:00PM ET
(LW – 11) lost at #17 South Dakota State (2-2, 1-0 MVFC) 52-14

19. North Dakota (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky) This week: at Sacramento State (1-4, 1-1 Big Sky) Sat 10/8 9:00PM ET
(LW – NR) defeated #11 Cal Poly (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky) 31-24

20. New Hampshire (3-2, 2-0 Colonial) This week: at Elon (2-3, 1-1 Colonial) Sat 10/8 3:30PM ET
(LW – NR) defeated #23 William & Mary (2-3, 0-2 Colonial) 21-12

21. Cal Poly (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky) This week: IDLE
(LW – 12) lost at North Dakota (3-2, 2-0 Big Sky) 31-24

22. Stony Brook (2-2, 1-0 Colonial) This week: at Towson (1-3, 0-2 Colonial) Sat 10/8 7:00PM ET
(LW – 25) IDLE

23. Harvard (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) This week: vs. #25 Cornell (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) Sat 10/8 1:00PM ET
(LW – NR) defeated Georgetown (3-1, 0-0 Patriot)

24. Central Arkansas (4-1, 3-0 Southland) This week: IDLE
(LW – NR) won at Abilene Christian (0-5, 0-3 Southland) 58-27

25. Cornell (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) This week: at #23 Harvard (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) Sat 10/8 1:00PM ET
(LW – NR) won at Colgate (1-3, 0-0 Patriot) 39-38

Dropped out: #14 Eastern Illinois, #20 Dartmouth, #21 Indiana State, #22 Sacred Heart, #23 William & Mary

Also Receiving Consideration:

Dartmouth (2-1, 0-1 Ivy), Eastern Illinois (3-2, 1-1 OVC), Grambling State (4-1, 3-0 SWAC-W), Indiana State (3-2, 1-1 MVFC), McNeese State (3-2, 2-1 Southland), Missouri State (3-1, 1-0 MVFC), Northern Colorado (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky), Princeton (2-1, 1-0 Ivy), Sacred Heart (4-1, 0-1 NEC), Samford (3-1, 1-1 Southern), San Diego (3-1, 2-0 Pioneer), Stephen F. Austin (3-2, 2-1 Southland), Southern Illinois (2-2, 0-1 MVFC), Tennessee State (4-0, 1-0 OVC), Wagner (3-1, 1-0 NEC)

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