FCS Top 25, Week 10: North Dakota State Takes First-Ever No. 1 Ranking

The FCS top 25 saw its first major shakeup in weeks, thanks to the formerly No. 1 Georgia Southern Eagles falling to the No. 5 Appalachian St. Mountaineers. The overthrowing in Boone resulted in the North Dakota St. Bison taking over the top spot -- for the first time in school history -- and damned GSU's national championship hopes*.

* No, it didn't. FCS football's postseason is conducted in a fair and moral fashion.

The Bison claimed the top spot after downing the former No. 2 Northern Iowa Panthers, who tumbled all the way to No. 6. At least UNI and GSU fell in tandem. The James Madison Dukes left the top 10, landing at No. 13, while the New Hampshire Wildcats broke single digits.

The complete FCS top 25 for Week 10:

Team (First-place votes) Record Points Previous Rank
1. North Dakota State Bison (133) 8-0 3,918 3
2. Montana State Bobcats (19) 8-1 3,671 4
3. Appalachian State Mountaineers (5) 6-2 3,567 5
4. Sam Houston State Bearkats (1) 8-0 3,416 6
5. Georgia Southern Eagles 7-1 3,193 1
6. Northern Iowa Panthers 6-2 3,065 2
7. Maine Black Bears 7-1 2,987 8
8. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 7-1 2,983 7
9. New Hampshire Wildcats 6-2 2,601 10
10. Montana Grizzlies 7-2 2,532 11
11. Wofford Terriers 6-2 2,443 12
12. Old Dominion Monarchs 7-2 2,163 15
13. James Madison Dukes 5-3 1,747 9
14. Towson Tigers 6-2 1,364 13
15. Jackson State Tigers 7-1 1,235 19
16. Delaware Blue Hens 5-4 1,076 21
17. Illinois State Redbirds 6-3 977 22
18. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 5-3 955 14
19. William & Mary Tribe 4-4 928 18
20. Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 5-2 926 25
21. Indiana State Sycamores 5-3 853 20
22. Liberty Flames 6-3 710 23
23. Harvard Crimson 6-1 653 24
24. South Dakota Coyotes 5-4 456 17
25. Central Arkansas Bears 6-3 414 NR

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