FCS Top 25, Week 8: Record CAA Showing, But SoCon The Conference To Beat

Which is FCS' best football conference? It might depend on whether you like quality or quantity. Well, whether you like lots and lots of quality or a little bit of very high quality. The CAA, for one, put a record nine teams into the latest FCS top 25, led by the Maine Black Bears at No. 9.

But the SoCon maintained its grasp on the upper tier of postseason-enhanced college football, putting three teams in the top six. The Georgia Southern Eagles again locked down a strong majority of first-place votes, with 125 out of 157 favoring the team from Statesboro. The Wofford Terriers and Appalachian St. Mountaineers filled out the upper ranks. The 'Neers acquired spot No. 6 after the New Hampshire Wildcats were toppled by William & Mary.

Leaving us: the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and McNeese St. Cowboys. Joining us: the UMass Minutemen and Norfolk St. Spartans.

The complete top 25:

Team (First-place votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1. Georgia Southern Eagles (125) 6-0 3,871 1
2. Northern Iowa Panthers (18) 5-1 3,732 2
3. North Dakota State Bison (9) 6-0 3,509 4
4. Montana State Bobcats (2) 6-1 3,502 3
5. Wofford Terriers (3) 5-1 3,354 5
6. Appalachian State Mountaineers 4-2 2,957 6
7. Sam Houston State Bearkats 6-0 2,808 10
8. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 6-1 2,795 8
9. Maine Black Bears 5-1 2,481 12
10. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 5-1 2,480 11
11. James Madison Dukes 5-2 2,275 13
12. Montana Grizzlies 5-2 2,083 14
13. New Hampshire Wildcats 4-2 2,062 6
14. William & Mary Tribe 4-3 1,882 16
15. Towson Tigers 5-1 1,795 17
16. Delaware Blue Hens 4-3 1,371 9
17. Indiana State Sycamores 5-2 1,235 21
18. Richmond Spiders 3-3 843 20
19. Alabama State Hornets 6-1 768 24
20. North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4-2 747 23
21. Old Dominion Monarchs 5-2 671 18
22. Massachusetts Minutemen 4-2 668 NR
23. Jackson State Tigers 6-1 529 25
24. Norfolk State Spartans 6-1 511 NR
25. South Dakota Coyotes 4-3 477 15
Others receiving votes: Texas State 217, Tennessee Tech 211, Liberty 150, Chattanooga 135, Sacramento State 111, Central Arkansas 109, San Diego 104, Harvard 98, Samford 93, McNeese Sate 79, Illinois State 41, Weber State 36, South Carolina State 30, Eastern Washington 30, Brown 23, Cal Poly 22, Albany 19, Coastal Carolina 17, Furman 16, Tennessee State 13, Elon 10, Alabama A&M 9, Jacksonville 8, Stony Brook 8, Portland State 6, South Alabama 4, North Carolina A&T 4, Southern Utah 3, Southern Illinois 3, Penn 3, Sacred Heart 2, Northwestern State 2, Murray State 1, Alcorn State 1, UT Martin 1.

For more on the Week 8 college football rankings, check out our comprehensive StoryStream.

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