The Eastern Washington Eagles moved into the Top 5 after their win over the Montana Grizzies on Saturday, as the Eagles were No. 4 in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 Poll after the games on Oct. 2.
Eastern Washington was down 21-10 in the fourth quarter and outscored Montana, 24-7, for a come-from-behind 34-28 victory. While EWU moved to No. 4, Montana dropped to No. 6.
Sam Houston remained No. 1 but sweated out a 21-20 win over arch-rival Stephen F. Austin. The Bearkats lost a couple of first-place votes, but remained comfortably ahead of No. 2 James Madison, No. 3 South Dakota State and. No. 4 Eastern Washington, all of which received at least one first-place vote.
No. 5 North Dakota State, No. 6 Montana, No. 7 Southern Illinois, No. 8 UC Davis, No. 9 Villanova and No. 10 Delaware rounded out the Top 10.
The rest of the Top 25 included No. 11 Montana State, No. 12 Northern Iowa, No. 13 East Tennessee, No. 14 Southeastern Louisiana, No. 15 North Dakota, No. 16 Missouri State, No. 17 Kennesaw State, No. 18 Weber State, No. 19 Chattanooga, No. 20 Rhode Island, No. 21 UT Martin, (tie) No. 22 Harvard, (tie) No. 22 Jacksonville State, No. 24 Princeton and No. 25 Monmouth (NJ).
Richmond (21), VMI (22), Holy Cross (24t) dropped out of the Top 25.
Others Receiving Votes included Central Arkansas, 38; New Hampshire, 37; Eastern Kentucky, 23; Mercer, 22; South Dakota, 20; Nicholls, 19; Stephen F. Austin, 19; UIW, 16; Jackson St., 15; Holy Cross, 14; Yale, 12; Abilene Christian, 10; VMI, 10; Murray St., 9; Austin Peay, 7; Duquesne, 6; Florida A&M, 5; William & Mary, 4; Elon, 3; North Carolina A&T, 3; Richmond, 3; and Charleston Southern, 2.
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