North Dakota State Maintains No. 1 Ranking in the FCS Coaches Top 25 Poll
Release: September 03, 2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C.--After being voted the preseason favorite, North Dakota State maintained its No. 1 ranking in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll. The Bison, who won the 2011 National Championship game, received 23 out of 26 first-place votes.
North Dakota State opened the 2012 season at home, where they shut
out Robert Morris 52-0. The NDSU defense held Robert Morris to 88 yards
of total offense, the lowest total since 2001 when the Bison allowed 80
(-9 rushing, 89 passing) against Angelo State.
Sam Houston State maintained its No. 2 spot, although they do not
play their first contest of the 2012 season until Saturday, September
8. The Bearkats tallied 611 points and two first-place votes.
Georgia Southern remained at No. 3 after sophomore quarterback Ezayi
Youyoute rushed for a career-high 164 yards and three touchdowns in
his first career start, and sophomore running back Dominique Swope ran
for 104 yards with three scores to lead the third-ranked Eagles to a
58-0 football victory over Jacksonville Saturday. Montana State also
maintained its No. 4 ranking, after defeating Chadron State 33-6.
Old Dominion, which defeated Duquesne 57-23, moved up one spot to
No. 5, while James Madison jumped two spots to No. 6 after their 55-7
victory on Saturday.
Northern Iowa stayed at No. 7, Appalachian State fell to No. 8, and Montana climbed to No. 9.
The biggest jump in the rankings was made by Youngstown State. The
Penguins began the season at No. 18, but jumped eight spots to No. 10
after a dominating performance against Pittsburgh (31-17). Andre Stubbs
ran for 71 yards and a score, and also added 61 yards receiving and
another touchdown as the Penguins beat a Football Bowl Subdivision team
for the first time in 12 years. It was the team's first win over Bowl
Championship Series opponent in history.
New to the poll this week is McNeese State (t-No.21). The Cowboys
defeated FBS-opponent Middle Tennessee State on the road Thursday
night, 27-21. McNeese fell behind early 6-0 but rolled off 24 unanswered
points in large part to a running game that racked up 298 yards on the
Nine conferences are represented in the poll. The Colonial Athletic
Association leads the way with six teams, followed by the Southland and
Missouri Valley with four ranked teams. The Southern Conference and Big
Sky have three teams in the Top 25. The Patriot League, Ivy League,
Mid-Eastern Athletic, and Ohio Valley are all represented with one team
in this week’s poll.