MVFC, Big Sky Flex Muscles in FCS Top 25 Rankings
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MVFC, Big Sky Flex Muscles in FCS Top 25 Rankings

The winner of the Big Sky-MVFC Challenge will be decided this weekend, but if you looked across the Stats Perform FCS Top 25 on Monday, it already may suggest these are the two strongest conferences in the Division I subdivision.

The two conferences combine for the top five teams in the national media rankings. The Missouri Valley Football Conference features No. 1 North Dakota State, No. 2 South Dakota State and No. 5 Missouri State among its four ranked teams, while the Big Sky has five of the top 14 teams, including No. 3 Montana and No. 4 Montana State.

Their annual regular-season challenge series is tied at one win apiece heading into Saturday’s final four matchups. It’s been close in recent years, but the MVFC has won the first four series.

CAA Football gained a newcomer to the rankings in No. 25 New Hampshire, so its five teams match the Big Sky for the most overall with five. The Southern Conference joins the MVFC with four teams, and 10 conferences are represented in 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 FCS college football weekend, here are our Week 2 Takeaways)

Stats Perform FCS Top 25 (Sept. 12)

1. North Dakota State (2-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 1,348 points (52 first-place votes)

Previous Ranking: 1; Week 2 Result: 43-3 win over North Carolina A&T

2. South Dakota State (1-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 1,263 (2)

Previous Ranking: 2; Week 2 Result: 24-22 win over UC Davis

3. Montana (2-0, 0-0 Big Sky), 1,242

Previous Ranking: 3; Week 2 Result: 24-7 win over South Dakota

4. Montana State (2-0, 0-0 Big Sky), 1,199

Previous Ranking: 4; Week 2 Result: 63-13 win over Morehead State

5. Missouri State (2-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley), 1,097

Previous Ranking: 5; Week 2 Result: 35-30 win over then-No. 14 UT Martin

6. UIW (2-0, 0-0 Southland), 1,064

Previous Ranking: 8; Week 2 Result: 55-41 win at Nevada

7. Villanova (2-0, 0-0 CAA), 1,021

Previous Ranking: 6; Week 2 Result: 38-21 win at LIU

8. Sacramento State (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky), 967

Previous Ranking: 7; Week 2 Result: Bye

9. Delaware (2-0, 0-0 CAA), 865

Previous Ranking: 10; Week 2 Result: 35-9 win over Delaware State

10. Chattanooga (2-0, 1-0 Southern), 804

Previous Ranking: 11; Week 2 Result: 38-20 win at Eastern Illinois

11. Jackson State (2-0, 1-0 SWAC), 758

Previous Ranking: 13; Week 2 Result: 16-3 win over Tennessee State

12. Weber State (2-0, 0-0 Big Sky), 748

Previous Ranking: 16; Week 2 Result: 35-7 win at Utah State

13. Holy Cross (2-0, 0-0 Patriot), 713

Previous Ranking: 15; Week 2 Result: 37-31 win at Buffalo

14. Eastern Washington (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky), 562

Previous Ranking: 12; Week 2 Result: 70-14 loss at Oregon  

15. William & Mary (2-0, 0-0 CAA), 542

Previous Ranking: 20;Week 2 Result: 37-21 win over Campbell

16. UT Martin (1-1, 0-0 Ohio Valley), 488

Previous Ranking: 14; Week 2 Result: 35-30 loss at then-No. 5 Missouri State

17. Rhode Island (2-0, 1-0 CAA), 468

Previous Ranking: 22; Week 2 Result: 35-21 win at Bryant

18. ETSU (1-1, 0-1 Southern), 388

Previous Ranking: 9; Week 2 Result: 20-17 loss at The Citadel

19. Eastern Kentucky (1-1, 1-0 ASUN-WAC), 285

Previous Ranking: Not Ranked; Week 2 Result: 59-57, seven-OT win at Bowling Green

20. Mercer (1-1, 0-0 Southern), 243

Previous Ranking: 23; Week 2 Result: Bye

21. Stephen F. Austin (1-2, 1-0 ASUN-WAC), 180

Previous Ranking: 18; Week 2 Result: 52-17 loss at Louisiana Tech

22. North Dakota (1-1, 1-0 Missouri Valley), 157

Previous Ranking: Not Ranked; Week 2 Result: 29-27 win over then-No. 24 Northern Iowa

23. Kennesaw State (0-2, 0-1 ASUN-WAC), 141

Previous Ranking: 19; Week 2 Result: 63-10 loss at Cincinnati

24. Samford (1-1, 0-0 Southern), 139

Previous Ranking: 25; Week 2 Result: 33-0 loss at Georgia

25. New Hampshire (2-0, 2-0 CAA), 138

Previous Ranking: Not Ranked; Week 2 Result: 28-23 win at UAlbany

Dropped Out: Southern Illinois (17), Southeastern Louisiana (21), Northern Iowa (24)

Others Receiving Votes (schools listed on two or more ballots): Richmond (1-1, 0-0 CAA) 137, Southeastern Louisiana (0-2, 0-0 Southland) 120, UC Davis (0-2, 0-0 Big Sky) 97, Austin Peay (2-1, 2-0 ASUN-WAC): 53, Southern Illinois (0-2, 0-0 Missouri Valley) 47, Southeast Missouri (1-1, 0-0 Ohio Valley) 40, The Citadel (1-1, 1-0 Southern) 33, Northern Arizona (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) 29, Elon (1-1, 0-0 CAA) 28, Dartmouth (0-0, 0-0 Ivy) 27, North Carolina Central (2-0, 0-0 MEAC) 20, Furman (1-1, 0-0 Southern) 19, Northern Iowa (0-2, 0-1 Missouri Valley) 17, South Dakota (0-2, 0-0 Missouri Valley) 15, Fordham (2-0, 0-0 Patriot) 13, Youngstown State (2-0, 0-0 Missouri Valley) 10, Abilene Christian (2-0, 2-0 ASUN-WAC) 7, Idaho (0-2, 0-0 Big Sky) 6, South Carolina State (1-1, 0-0 MEAC) 4

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.