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.
|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|
|11.||Appalachian State Mountaineers||0-1||2484||6|
|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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