College football rankings, Week 10 FCS Top 25: North Dakota State returns to No. 1

Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

With Eastern Washington's loss on Saturday, the North Dakota State Bison moved back to No. 1 in the FCS Top 25.

There's a new No. 1 in the Sports Network FCS Top 25 Poll with the North Dakota State Bison edging the Georgia Southern Eagles by just 23 points. North Dakota State, the defending FCS champions, defeated Southern Illinois, 23-17, while Georgia Southern defeated Chattanooga, 39-31, in triple overtime. Georgia Southern actually received 76 first-place votes, 17 more than North Dakota.

Eastern Washington, the former No. 1 team, lost to Southern Utah, 30-27, to fall to 6-2 and the No. 7 spot. North Dakota State, Georgia Southern and No. 3 Montana State (up one spot) are all 7-1. Sam Houston State (6-2) and Old Dominion (7-1) round out the top five.

No. 8 Lehigh (8-0) is the lone remaining undefeated FCS team.

The Big Sky Conference had four teams ranked this week: No. 3 Montana State, No. 7 Eastern Washington, No. 12 Northern Arizona (7-1, two first-place votes) and No. 16 Cal Poly (7-1). Cal Poly lost its first game of the season on Saturday to Sacramento State, 35-29.

Here is the latest top 25 poll:

Rank Team (First-place votes) 2012 Record Points Prev.
1. North Dakota State Bison (59) 7-1 3951 3
2. Georgia Southern Eagles (76) 7-1 3928 2
3. Montana State Bobcats (9) 7-1 3714 4
4. Sam Houston State Bearkats (9) 6-2 3365 5
5. Old Dominion Monarchs (2) 7-1 3344 6
6. Wofford Terriers 7-1 3210 7
7. Eastern Washington Eagles 6-2 3112 1
8. Lehigh Mountain Hawks (4) 8-0 2940 8
9. Stony Brook Seawolves (4) 8-1 2775 10
10. James Madison Dukes 6-2 2741 9
11. New Hampshire Wildcats 7-2 2529 12
12. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2) 7-1 2356 13
13. Central Arkansas Bears 7-2 1962 14
14. Indiana State Sycamores 7-2 1863 15
15. Appalachian State Mountaineers 6-3 1679 16
16. Cal Poly Mustangs 7-1 1626 11
17. Illinois State Redbirds 7-2 1546 17
18. Tennessee State Tigers 8-1 1098 21
19. Towson Tigers 4-4 843 23
20. Albany Great Danes 7-1 834 24
21. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 6-2 734 NR
22. Richmond Spiders 5-3 579 25
23. Delaware Blue Hens 5-3 453 20
23. Villanova Wildcats 6-3 453 19
25. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 6-3 376 18

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