College football rankings, Week 12: Top 5 teams in FCS Top 25 remain the same

With one week left to play in the regular season, the defending FCS champion North Dakota State Bison remains the No. 1 team in the nation with a 9-1 record. They defeated South Dakota State, 20-17, to settle into that spot. The team received 121 first-place votes, 101 more first-place votes than the No. 2 Montana St. Bobcats (9-1) received. The Bobcats defeated Portland St., 65-30.

The rest of the top five remained the same, with Sam Houston State, Old Dominion and Eastern Washington claiming three through five. Georgia Southern moved up one spot to No. 6, while New Hampshire, Appalachian State, Wofford and Central Arkansas entered the top 10. New Hampshire received one first-place vote.

In addition to Montana State and Eastern Washington, the Big Sky Conference placed Northern Arizona at No. 15 and Cal Poly at No. 17.

The FCS playoffs begin on Nov. 24.

Here is the full Sports Network FCS Top 25 Poll:

Rank Team (First-place votes) Rec. Points Prev.
1. North Dakota State Bison (121) 9-1 3930 1
2. Montana State Bobcats (20) 9-1 3748 2
3. Sam Houston State Bearkats (14) 8-2 3585 3
4. Old Dominion Monarchs (3) 9-1 3496 4
5. Eastern Washington Eagles 8-2 3362 5
6. Georgia Southern Eagles 8-2 3113 7
7. New Hampshire Wildcats (1) 8-2 2897 10
8. Appalachian State Mountaineers 8-3 2659 12
9. Wofford Terriers 8-2 2502 13
10. Central Arkansas Bears 8-2 2341 14
11. Illinois State Redbirds 8-2 2094 15
12. Stony Brook Seawolves 9-2 1917 6
13. James Madison Dukes 7-3 1885 9
14. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 9-1 1843 8
15. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 8-2 1594 11
16. Villanova Wildcats 7-3 1477 21
17. Cal Poly Mustangs 8-2 1354 19
18. Indiana State Sycamores 7-3 1294 18
19. Towson Tigers 6-4 1251 17
20. Richmond Spiders 7-3 1153 20
21. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 7-3 1046 16
22. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 8-3 750 22
23. Tennessee State Tigers 8-2 450 24
24. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 8-2 423 NR
24. Eastern Illinois Panthers 7-3 423 NR

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