Delaware, William & Mary Rise in Stats Perform FCS Top 25 Rankings
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Delaware, William & Mary Rise in Stats Perform FCS Top 25 Rankings

CAA Football programs Delaware and William & Mary made gains in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25 on Monday, two days after they defeated FBS opponents in their season openers.

Delaware, which beat Navy 14-7, posted the biggest jump in the national media poll, rising to No. 10, or a gain of nine spots from the preseason poll. William & Mary went from being unranked to No. 20 following a 41-24 victory over Charlotte.

They were the only FCS teams to defeat FBS foes this past week.

North Dakota State, the defending FCS national champion, remained No. 1 as the top seven spots went unchanged. UIW surged six spots to No. 8 after routing then-No. 9 Southern Illinois 64-29.

Samford, which also posted a top-10 win over Kennesaw State, was No. 25, joining William & Mary as a newcomer to the rankings.

A national media panel selects the Stats Perform FCS Top 25. A first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.

(For more on the first full week of the college football season, here are our Week 1 Takeaways)

Stats Perform FCS Top 25 (Sept. 5)

1. North Dakota State (1-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 1,348 points (52 first-place votes)

Previous Ranking: 1; Week 1 Result: 56-14 win over Drake

2. South Dakota State (0-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 1,259 (2)

Previous Ranking: 2; Week 1 Result: 7-3 loss at Iowa

3. Montana (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky), 1,244

Previous Ranking: 3; Week 1 Result: 47-0 win over Northwestern State

4. Montana State (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky), 1,210

Previous Ranking: 4; Week 1 Result: 40-17 win over McNeese

5. Missouri State (1-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 1,065

Previous Ranking: 5; Week 1 Result: 27-14 win at Central Arkansas

6. Villanova (1-0, 0-0 CAA), 1,064

Previous Ranking: 6; Week 1 Result: 45-17 win over Lehigh

7. Sacramento State (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky), 1,009

Previous Ranking: 7; Week 1 Result: 56-33 win over Utah Tech

8. UIW (1-0, 0-0 Southland), 899

Previous Ranking: 14; Week 1 Result: 64-29 win over then-No. 9 Southern Illinois

9. ETSU (1-0, 0-0 Southern), 815

Previous Ranking: 11; Week 1 Result: 44-7 win over Mars Hill

10. Delaware (1-0, 0-0 CAA), 768

Previous Ranking: 19; Week 1 Result: 14-7 win at Navy

11. Chattanooga (1-0, 1-0 Southern), 752

Previous Ranking: 12; Week 1 Result: 31-0 win over Wofford

12. Eastern Washington (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky), 719

Previous Ranking: 13; Week 1 Result: 36-29 win over Tennessee State

13. Jackson State (1-0, 1-0 SWAC), 700

Previous Ranking: 15; Week 1 Result: 59-3 win over Florida A&M

14. UT Martin (1-0, 0-0 Ohio Valley), 518

Previous Ranking: 18; Week 1 Result: 42-25 win over Western Illinois

15. Holy Cross (1-0, 0-0 Patriot), 495

Previous Ranking: 16; Week 1 Result: 31-17 win at Merrimack

16. Weber State (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky), 451

Previous Ranking: 20; Week 1 Result: 41-5 win over Western Oregon

17. Southern Illinois (0-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 450

Previous Ranking: 9; Week 1 Result: 64-29 loss at then-No. 14 UIW

18. Stephen F. Austin (1-1, 1-0 ASUN-WAC), 394

Previous Ranking: 10; Week 0/1 Results: 42-17 loss to Jacksonville State and 31-27 win at Alcorn State

19. Kennesaw State (0-1, 0-1 ASUN-WAC), 379

Previous Ranking: 8; Week 1 Result: 27-17 loss at Samford

20. William & Mary (1-0, 0-0 CAA), 350

Previous Ranking: Not Ranked;Week 1 Result: 41-24 win at Charlotte

21. Southeastern Louisiana (0-1, 0-0 Southland), 348

Previous Ranking: 17; Week 1 Result: 24-7 loss at Louisiana  

22. Rhode Island (1-0, 1-0 CAA), 324

Previous Ranking: 22; Week 1 Result: 35-14 win at Stony Brook

23. Mercer (1-1, 0-0 Southern), 206

Previous Ranking: 23; Week 0/1 Results: 63-13 win over Morehead State and 42-16 loss at Auburn

24. Northern Iowa (0-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 187

Previous Ranking: 21; Week 1 Result: 48-17 loss at Air Force

25. Samford (1-0, 0-0 Southern), 162

Previous Ranking: Not Ranked; Week 1 Result: 27-17 win over Kennesaw State

Others Receiving Votes (schools listed on two or more ballots): Richmond (0-1, 0-0 CAA) 104; UC Davis (0-1, 0-0 Big Sky) 85; Eastern Kentucky (0-1, 0-0 ASUN-WAC): 67; South Dakota (0-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley): 44; Furman (1-0, 0-0 Southern): 31; Dartmouth (0-0, 0-0 Ivy): 30; New Hampshire (1-0, 1-0 CAA) 14; Elon (0-1, 0-0 CAA): 13; North Dakota (0-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley) 11; North Carolina Central (1-0, 0-0 MEAC) 3; Austin Peay (1-1, 1-0 ASUN-WAC) 3

Stats Perform FCS Top 25 Voters – Stats Perform: Craig Haley, Gary Reasons. ASUN: John Bednarowski, Brian Morgan. Big Sky Conference: Doug Kelly, Tyson Rodgers, Larry Weir. Big South Conference: Brian Cleary, Mark Simpson. CAA Football: Matt Harmon, Scott Klatzkin, Rob Washburn. Ivy League: Rick Bender, Craig Larson. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: Bill Hamilton, Maurice Williams. Missouri Valley Football Conference: Dom Izzo, Mike Kern, Randy Reinhardt. Northeast Conference: Sarah Boissonneault, Randy Brochu. Ohio Valley Conference: Mike Bradd, Kyle Schwartz. Patriot League: Eric Malanowski, Ryan Sakamoto. Pioneer Football League: Cody Bush, Jack Cronin. Southern Conference: Jeff Hartsell, Scott Keeler, Phil Perry. Southland Conference: Matthew Bonnette, James Dixon, Josh Manck. Southwestern Athletic Conference: Ronnie Johnson, Andrew Roberts, Jacob Shames. Western Athletic Conference: Eric Danner, Dennis Driscoll. National Representatives: Josh Buchanan, Zack Carlton, Riley Corcoran, Sam Herder,Emory Hunt, Kyle Kensing, Brandon Lawrence, Zach McKinnell, Brian McLaughlin, Jon Passman, Kent Schmidt, Lawrence Smith, Phil Sokol, Reggie Thomas, Ralph Ventre, Jamie Williams.