College Football Rankings: Montana State Holds At No. 4, Eastern Washington Leaps To No. 9 In FCS Top 25

Eastern Washington and Youngstown State were each the biggest movers in the latest TSN FCS Top 25 Poll after strong wins over the weekend.

The defending champion North Dakota State Bison put forth an impressive 52-0 blowout of Robert Morris over the weekend to kick off the 2012 season, but still remain narrowly behind the No. 1 overall Sam Houston State Bearkats in the latest The Sports Network FCS Top 25 Poll.

After the two FCS title contenders in the rankings comes a trio of schools that each picked up at least one first-place vote after the weekend, including none other than Montana State, a team who took down Chadron State 33-6 on Saturday to start the year off on the right foot.

And while much of the FCS world is still buzzing about Youngstown State's improbable upset of Big East representative Pittsburgh, a win that was accompanied by a well-deserved jump from No. 13 to No. 6 in the polls, Eastern Washington also made plenty of noise with their own 20-3 dismantling of the Idaho Vandals. The Eagles also jumped three spots up to No. 9 with the victory, but won't have much time to catch their breath with a daunting test against Washington State scheduled for Saturday.

Rank Team Rec. Points Pv.
1. Sam Houston State Bearkats (87) 0-0 3985 1
2. North Dakota State Bison (65) 1-0 3947 2
3. Georgia Southern Eagles (4) 1-0 3651 3
4. Montana State Bobcats (1) 1-0 3457 4
5. James Madison Dukes 1-0 3269 5
6. Youngstown State Penguins (7) 1-0 2988 13
7. Old Dominion Monarchs 1-0 2842 8
8. Northern Iowa Panthers 0-1 2727 9
9. Eastern Washington Eagles 1-0 2505 12
10. Wofford Terriers 1-0 2488 10
11. Appalachian State Mountaineers 0-1 2484 6
12. Montana Grizzlies 1-0 2240 11
13. Towson Tigers 0-1 2236 7
14. New Hampshire Wildcats 1-0 2063 14
15. Delaware Blue Hens 1-0 1779 15
16. Lehigh Mountain Hawks 1-0 1530 16
17. Stony Brook Seawolves 1-0 1484 17
18. Illinois State Redbirds 1-0 1229 19
19. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 1-0 1082 20
20. Maine Black Bears 0-0 743 21
21. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 0-1 689 18
22. McNeese State Cowboys 1-0 594 NR
23. Indiana State Sycamores 0-1 531 23
24. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 0-1 443 22
25. Central Arkansas Bears 0-1 356 24

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