Jeff's weekly FCS top 25 ballot: It's still early

North Dakota State’s Ben Ellefson catches a touchdown pass against North Dakota during their football game Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Not a lot of shakeup this week in my FCS top 25 media poll. Big non-conference matchup for North Dakota State this week at nationally-ranked Delaware. There's a definite separation from the top four to the rest of the group, with Montana and Central Arkansas making a bid to be a part of that conversation.

  1. North Dakota State (2-0)

  2. James Madison (1-1)

  3. South Dakota State (1-1)

  4. Eastern Washington (1-1)

  5. Montana (2-0)

  6. Central Arkansas (2-0)

  7. Montana State (1-1)

  8. Weber State (1-1)

  9. Illinois State (1-1)

  10. UC Davis (1-1)

  11. Southeastern Louisiana (1-0)

  12. Northern Iowa (1-1)

  13. Delaware (2-0)

  14. Maine (1-1)

  15. Furman (1-1)

  16. Nicholls (0-1)

  17. Kennesaw State (1-1)

  18. Towson (2-0)

  19. North Carolina A&T (2-0)

  20. Sam Houston State (1-1)

  21. Jacksonville State (1-1)

  22. Villanova (2-0)

  23. McNeese (1-1)

  24. Southeast Missouri State (1-1)

  25. Northern Arizona (1-1)

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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