Poll watching: not much movement in FCS top 25

North Dakota State’s cheerleaders root against Delaware during their football game Saturday, Sept. 14, in Newark, Del. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

There were several FCS vs. FBS matchups on Saturday and most of them resulted in FCS losses, so not a lot of movement in my ballot this week for the top 25 media poll that is released on Mondays. The big surprise was The Citadel's 27-24 defeat of Georgia Tech, which vaulted the Bulldogs into the middle of top 25 pack. If The Citadel beats either Elon or Towson to open the season, that kind of an FBS win makes them a top-10 team.

Perhaps the second-biggest win behind The Citadel was Jacksonville State's come-from-behind 49-45 victory over Eastern Washington. It put the Gamecocks back into the upper tier poll discussion. NDSU showed its No. 1 mentality on the road at Delaware. So far in the early going, the FCS is a three-horse race between NDSU, South Dakota State and James Madison.

  1. North Dakota State (3-0)

  2. James Madison (2-1)

  3. South Dakota State (2-1)

  4. Central Arkansas (3-0)

  5. Montana (2-1)

  6. Montana State (2-1)

  7. Illinois State (2-1)

  8. UC Davis (2-1)

  9. Towson (3-0)

  10. Weber State (1-2)

  11. Southeastern Louisiana (1-1)

  12. The Citadel (1-2)

  13. Jacksonville State (2-1)

  14. Eastern Washington (1-2)

  15. Villanova (3-0)

  16. Northern Iowa (1-1)

  17. Kennesaw State (2-1)

  18. Delaware (2-1)

  19. Maine (1-2)

  20. Furman (1-2)

  21. Southern Illinois (2-1)

  22. Youngstown State (3-0)

  23. Nicholls (1-1)

  24. North Carolina A&T (2-1)

  25. Southeast Missouri State (1-2)

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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