AFCA FCS Top 25: Villanova Moves Up After Win

Mark Ferrante

The Villanova Wildcats were the only FCS team to beat a ranked FCS team last weekend, and that helped the Wildcats move up to No. 7 in the  AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 Poll after Week 3.

Villanova, which was No. 9 in last week’s Top 25, defeated No. 18 Richmond, 34-27, in conference play. That allowed the Wildcats to improve to 3-0. The six teams ranked above Villanova are also undefeated.

Sam Houston, which was idle, remained No. 1, receiving 24 first-place votes. James Madison remained No. 2 and received three first-place votes. South Dakota State, which received one first-place vote, remained No. 3.

The No. 4 and No. 5 spots flipped. Despite beating Towson, North Dakota State moved down a spot from No. 4 to No. 5 while Montana, which was idle last weekend, moved up from No. 5 to No. 4. Eastern Washington remained at No. 6.

After Villanova, No. 8 Southern Illinois, No. 9 Jacksonville State and No. 10 UC Davis rounded out the Top 10.

The rest of the Top 25 included No. 11 Delaware, No. 12 Montana State, No. 13 North Dakota, No. 14 Northern Iowa, No. 15 Weber State, No. 16 Southeastern Louisiana, No. 17 East Tennessee State, No. 18 Missouri State, No. 19 Monmouth (NJ), No. 20 Austin Peay, No. 21 Richmond, No. 22 New Hampshire, No. 23 Chattanooga, and (in a tie) No. 24 Central Arkansas and No. 24 Kennesaw State.

Furman dropped out of the Top 25.

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