Seven different teams received first-place votes in the latest Sports Network FCS Top 25 Poll, including three for the Big Sky's Cal Poly Mustangs (7-0), but fellow conference member Eastern Washington (6-1) remained No. 1 in the nation by taking 125 first-place votes. Cal Poly, one of two remaining undefeated FCS teams, is on the outside of the top 10 at No. 11.
The Mustangs defeated Portland State on Saturday and will face Eastern Washington on Nov. 3, a game that will likely determine the team's automatic bid for the FCS playoffs. Both teams are 5-0 in conference play.
Eastern Washington held off Sacramento State, 31-28, to keep the No. 1 spot. Georgia Southern moved up one spot to No. 2 after the James Madison Dukes lost to Richmond, 35-29. Georgia Southern, No. 3 North Dakota State, No. 5 Sam Houston State, No. 8 Lehigh and No. 10 Stony Brook also received first-place votes. But Lehigh, at 8-0, is the only undefeated team among the group.
In addition to Eastern Washington and Cal Poly, the Big Sky has two other ranked teams: No. 4 Montana State (6-1) and No. 13 Northern Arizona (6-1).
Here are the latest top 25 poll results:
|Rank||Team (1st place votes)||Rec.||Points||Prev.|
|1.||Eastern Washington Eagles (125)||6-1||4014||1|
|2.||Georgia Southern Eagles (14)||6-1||3787||3|
|3.||North Dakota State Bison (13)||6-1||3746||4|
|4.||Montana State Bobcats||6-1||3489||5|
|5.||Sam Houston State Bearkats (5)||5-2||3218||6|
|6.||Old Dominion Monarchs||6-1||3089||7|
|8.||Lehigh Mountain Hawks (3)||8-0||2839||9
|9.||James Madison Dukes||5-2||2779||2|
|10.||Stony Brook Seawolves (1)||7-1||2704||10|
|11.||Cal Poly Mustangs (3)||7-0||2437||14|
|12.||New Hampshire Wildcats||6-2||2434||12|
|13.||Northern Arizona Lumberjacks||6-1||2083||16|
|14.||Central Arkansas Bears||6-2||1654||19|
|15.||Indiana State Sycamores||6-2||1416||21|
|16.||Appalachian State Mountaineers||5-3||1404||13|
|17.||Illinois State Redbirds||6-2||1394||11|
|18.||Eastern Kentucky Colonels||6-2||1152||23|
|20.||Delaware Blue Hens||5-2||837||25|
|21.||Tennessee State Tigers||7-1||786||17|
|22.||Youngstown State Penguins||4-3||686||15|
|24.||Albany Great Danes||6-1||483||NR|