College Football Rankings: North Dakota State Jumps To No. 1 After Colorado State Win

North Dakota State rose to No. 1 in the latest FCS Top 25 after taking down Colorado State over the weekend, 22-7.

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College Football Rankings: North Dakota State Rises To No. 1 In FCS Top 25

Despite entering the 2012 season as defending FCS playoff champions, the North Dakota State Bison finally rose up to No. 1 overall on Monday in the latest installment of The Sports Network's FCS Top 25.

The Bison used a stunning and thorough 22-7 victory over the Colorado State Rams on Saturday to reclaim their top spot, a win that came as no accident according to head coach Craig Bohl. "I want to be real clear, this didn't happen by chance," Bohl said.

"It was a methodical plan that those guys put together all week long and came out and performed really well."

The Montana State Bobcats were also able to climb up in Monday's poll, benefiting from a Georgia Southern loss to move one spot from No. 4 to No. 3 in the rankings. The Bobcats reeled off 13 fourth-quarter points to avoid a disheartening loss to Drake over the weekend and are now 2-0 on the young season.

Taking a step back in the polls this week, Montana and Eastern Washington each suffered a crushing defeat in a tight game. Montana struggled with Appalachian State's rushing attack in a 35-27 loss, while the Eagles narrowly fell at the hands of local rival Washington State by four points, 24-20.

Not to be outdone on a big weekend for the FCS, Sacramento State managed to put itself on the map with a monster victory over Colorado, and is now among the schools also receiving votes.

Be sure to stay with this StoryStream for more news on the FCS Top 25, and head over to SB Nation's college football hub for more coverage from around the country.


2012 FCS Playoff Projection: Montana, Montana St. And E. Washington Make Appearances

With the start of the 2012 college football season upon us, The Sports Network has released the first of its weekly 2012 FCS Playoff Projections.

The Montana State Bobcats, led by junior quarterback DeNarius McGhee (a leading candidate for the Walter Payton Award), are projected as the top seed, which awards them a first-round bye. They'll start their playoff push with a second round matchup against the winner of Northern Iowa vs. Eastern Washington on Saturday, December 1st in Bozeman.

Montana, who finished tied atop the Big Sky in 2011 (9-2 overall, 7-1 Big Sky) are unseeded, and will begin play by hosting Youngstown State in Billings on December 1st.

Eastern Washington, the 2010 FCS champion, will begin play against Northern Iowa on November 24th in Cedar Falls.

The FCS Playoff final will be played at Dallas Stadium on January 5th.

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College Football Rankings: Montana, Montana St. And E. Washington Make Top 15 Of FCS Coaches Poll

Montana State, Montana, and Eastern Washington have been ranked in the top 15 of the FCS Coaches Poll, which the NCAA released on Wednesday.

Just over a week after The Sports Network released its FCS Top 25 media poll, the coaches have also placed this Big Sky trio into the upper part of its poll. While Montana State now sits at No. 4 in both polls, the other schools have been ranked differently by the coaches:

4. Montana State
10. Montana
15. Eastern Washington

Montana State, which went 10-3 last season, returns star quarterback DeNarius McGhee. McGhee is expected to lead the Bobcats on a similar course as last season, the year in which they advanced to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs. He returns after throwing for 2,799 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Eastern Washington's ranking at No. 15 is a few spots lower from the No. 12 spot it received in the media poll. After winning the 2010 National Championship led by SMU transfer Bo Levi Mitchell, the Eagles went just 6-5 last season. But hopes are high again with Kyle Padron, another SMU transfer, set to quarterback in Cheney.

Montana looks to recover from a tumultuous offseason that saw its coach and athletic director fired, and its returning starting quarterback from an 11-3 team dismissed due to various off-field incidents.

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College Football Rankings: Big Sky Has 3 Ranked In FCS Preseason Top 25

Montana State, Montana, and Eastern Washington are in the top 15 as The Sports Network released the FCS Pre-Season Top 25 poll.

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