It's tough for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to gain much attention in the the Football Championship Subdivision, in part because the best schools from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference don't participate in the postseason playoffs. Instead, the top two HBCU schools choose to play in the Celebration Bowl at the end of the year.

Still, North Carolina A&T has received some good vibes from voters in the STATS FCS poll the last couple of seasons because the Aggies have won some impressive out-of-conference games. Last year, the Aggies defeated perennially high-ranked Jacksonville State. This season, A&T defeated Elon of the Colonial Athletic Association and Charleston Southern of the Big South Conference.

Those victories, and a 3-1 overall record going into this week's game at Norfolk State, has A&T rated 15th in the STATS FCS poll.

That same level of respect can't be found in this week's Sagarin computer rankings. The Aggies are rated as the 40th-best FCS team in the Sagarin, 164th overall among all Division I football teams.

That's the highlight of this week's comparison between the STATS FCS poll and the Sagarin rankings.

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It is unlikely the Aggies are going to improve their Sagarin standing, if it matters and if they care. With the remainder of their MEAC schedule ahead there won't be much opportunity to impress the computer.

One area where A&T and HBCUs regularly rate higher than other FCS schools is attendance. Seven of the top 15 schools in the FCS attendance rankings in 2018 were HBCUs, led by Jackson State at No. 1 with an average of 24,770 fans per game. The Aggies ranked 11th with an average of 15,494 per game.

NDSU is the top-ranked FCS team in both polls again this week. The Bison are ranked as the 46th-rated in the Sagarin ratings, which ranks all 256 Division I football games, FBS and FCS, based on a computer formula that predicts the probability of one team beating another. The Bison were ranked 29th last week.

The STATS FCS poll uses 160 voters, including representatives of all the subdivision's conferences and others. The FCS also has a coaches poll voted on by a panel of 26 FCS coaches.

If you want to check out Sagarin's full college football rankings, click here.

Here's a comparison of the STATS FCS Top 25 poll and the Sagarin ratings this week:

STATS FCS Top 25 (Sept. 30)

1. North Dakota State (4-0), 3,968 points (152 first-place votes)

Previous Ranking: 1; Last Week's Result Bye

2. James Madison (4-1), 3,786 (7)

Previous Ranking: 2; Last Week's Result: 45-10 win over Elon

3. South Dakota State (3-1), 3,670

Previous Ranking: 3; Last Week's Result: Bye

4. Weber State (2-2), 3,349

Previous Ranking: 5; Last Week's Result: 29-17 win over Northern Iowa

5. Villanova (5-0), 3,178

Previous Ranking: 8; Last Week's Result: 33-17 win over Maine

6. Montana State (4-1), 3,058

Previous Ranking: 7; Last Week's Result: 49-31 win over Northern Arizona

7. Kennesaw State (4-1), 2,928

Previous Ranking: 6; Last Week's Result: 31-7 win over Reinhardt

8. Montana (4-1), 2,594

Previous Ranking: 18; Last Week's Result: 45-20 win over UC Davis

9. Towson (3-2), 2,370

Previous Ranking: 10; Last Week's Result: 38-0 loss to Florida

10. Illinois State (3-1), 2,307

Previous Ranking: 14; Last Week's Result: Bye

11. Central Arkansas (3-1), 2,096

Previous Ranking: 15; Last Week's Result: Bye

12. UC Davis (2-3), 2,021

Previous Ranking: 4; Last Week's Result: 45-20 loss to Montana

13. Northern Iowa (2-2), 1,962

Previous Ranking: 9; Last Week's Result: 29-17 loss to Weber State

14. Furman (3-2), 1,943

Previous Ranking: 16; Last Week's Result: 17-10 win over ETSU

15. North Carolina A&T (3-1), 1,754

Previous Ranking: 17; Last Week's Result: 37-0 win over Delaware State

16. Nicholls (2-2), 1,505

Previous Ranking: 12 tie; Last Week's Result: 24-3 loss to Texas State

17. Southeastern Louisiana (3-1), 1,393

Previous Ranking: 19; Last Week's Result: 44-27 win over Northwestern State

18. Youngstown State (4-0), 1,253

Previous Ranking: 22; Last Week's Result: 45-10 win over Robert Morris

19. Delaware (3-2), 1,167

Previous Ranking: 20; Last Week's Result: 17-14 loss to Pittsburgh

20. Maine (2-3), 1,147

Previous Ranking: 12 tie; Last Week's Result: 33-17 loss to Villanova

21. Jacksonville State (3-2), 892

Previous Ranking: 11; Last Week's Result: 52-33 loss to Austin Peay

22. Eastern Washington (2-3), 731

Previous Ranking: 21; Last Week's Result: 35-20 win over North Dakota

23. Southeast Missouri (2-2), 616

Previous Ranking: 23; Last Week's Result: Bye

24. Stony Brook (4-1), 527

Previous Ranking: N/A; Last Week's Result: 31-27 win over Rhode Island

25. Princeton (2-0), 483

Previous Ranking: N/R; Last Week's Result: 56-23 win over Bucknell

Dropped Out: Elon (24), The Citadel (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Dartmouth 146, South Carolina State 113, Austin Peay 99, Sam Houston State 97, Houston Baptist 86, Elon 82, Indiana State 66, Yale 66, The Citadel 40, Sacramento State 32, Samford 30, Wofford 26, Tennessee Tech 24, Southern Illinois 23, Central Connecticut State 17, Idaho State 13, Eastern Kentucky 12, Alcorn State 2, North Dakota 2, Cal Poly 1

Sagarin Ratings of FCS Teams (Oct. 4)

(Sagarin ranks all 256 Division I college football teams, regardless of subdivision)

1. North Dakota State (Sagarin rating 46)

2. South Dakota State (76)

3. James Madison (87)

4. Montana (96)

5. Northern Iowa (102)

6. Weber State (107)

7. Youngstown State (109)

8. Princeton (110)

9. Eastern Washington (114)

10. Illinois State (115)

11. Villanova (117)

12. Kennesaw State (120)

13. Towson (121)

14. Montana State (124)

15. UC Davis (129)

16. Dartmouth (130)

17. Furman (132)

18. Central Arkansas (137)

19. Sacramento State (138)

20. Sam Houston State (139)

21. South Dakota (142)

22. Nicholls (143)

23. Maine (145)

24. Southern Illinois (146)

25. Delaware (148)

The next five: North Dakota (149), Yale (151), Jacksonville State (152), Idaho (153), Wofford (154).