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College Football Rankings, Week 8: Eastern Washington ascends to No. 1 in FCS Top 25

The FCS Top 25 experienced a major shakeup over the weekend with the top three teams all losing. In the wake of that, the Big Sky's Eastern Washington Eagles moved up to No. 1.

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The Sports Network's FCS Top 25 Poll has a new No. 1 following a wild weekend of action. The Big Sky Conference's Eastern Washington Eagles are the new No. 1 team in the nation. The Eagles beat then-No. 2 Montana State, 27-24, on Saturday to improve to 5-1.

The James Madison Dukes (5-1) moved up to No. 2 after defeating William & Mary in double overtime, 27-26. Georgia Southern took the No. 3 spot with a 17-9 victory over Wofford.

Former No. 1 North Dakota State, the reigning FCS champions, lost to Indiana State, 17-14, and dropped to No. 4. Montana State followed at No. 5 and former No. 3 Old Dominion came in at No. 7. Sam Houston State moved up three spots to No. 6.

Eastern Washington took 92 first-place votes, but eight other teams received at least one first-place votes. James Madison had the second most with 42. Big Sky member Cal Poly (6-0) defeated Northern Colorado to move up one spot to No. 14 and garnered three first-place votes.

Here is this week's Top 25:

Rank Team Record Prev.
1. Eastern Washington Eagles (92) 5-1 6
2. James Madison Dukes (42) 5-1 4
3. Georgia Southern Eagles (9) 5-1 7
4. North Dakota State Bison (12) 5-1 1
5. Montana State Bobcats 6-1 2
6. Sam Houston State Bearkats (2) 4-2 9
7. Old Dominion Monarchs 5-1 3
8. Wofford Terriers 5-1 5
9. Lehigh Mountain Hawks (3) 7-0 10
10. Stony Brook Seawolves (1) 6-1 11
11. Illinois State Redbirds 6-1 14
12. New Hampshire Wildcats 5-2 12
13. Appalachian State Mountaineers 5-2 13
14. Cal Poly Mustangs (3) 6-0 15
15. Youngstown State Penguins 4-2 8
16. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 5-1 16
17. Tennessee State Tigers 7-0 18
18. Towson Tigers 3-3 17
19. Central Arkansas Bears 5-2 21
20. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 5-1 20
21. Indiana State Sycamores 5-2 NR
22. Harvard Crimson (1) 5-0 22
23. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 5-2 23
24. Villanova Wildcats 5-2 NR
25. Delaware Blue Hens 4-2 24