AFCA FCS Top 25: Sam Houston Still at Top of ‘Upsetting’ Poll

Sam Houston State Bearkats

The Sam Houston Bearkats remained No. 1 in the nation, even after there were nine upsets in the Top 25, when the  AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 Poll was released after the games on Oct. 9.

The Bearkats, the defending national champions, are 5-0 and are one of four remaining undefeated teams in the Top 10. Sam Houston easily defeated Lamar, 41-7, and have the weekend off. The Bearkats received 27 of the 28 first-place votes.

The only other first-place vote went to Eastern Washington, which remained undefeated with a 63-17 win over Northern Colorado. The Eagles are No. 2, followed by North Dakota State at No. 3, which is also undefeated.

After that, there was plenty of moving around in the poll.

The rest of the Top 10 included No. 4 Southern Illinois, No. 5 Villanova, No. 6 Montana, No. 7 James Madison, No. 8 South Dakota State, No. 9 Montana State and No. 10 East Tennessee.

The rest of the Top 25 included No. 11 Southeastern Louisiana, No. 12 UC Davis, No. 13 Kennesaw State, No. 14 Rhode Island, No. 15 Delaware, No. 16 UT Martin, No. 17 Northern Iowa, No. 18 Weber State, No. 19 Harvard, No. 20 Princeton, No. 21 South Dakota, No. 22 Jacksonville State, No. 23 Missouri State, No. 24 North Dakota and No. 25 Jackson State.

Chattanooga and Monmouth (N.J.) dropped out of the Top 25.

Others Receiving Votes included Mercer, 66; Eastern Kentucky, 50; New Hampshire, 44; VMI, 43; UIW, 26; Duquesne, 19; William & Mary, 19; Florida A&M, 10; Central Arkansas, 9; Yale, 8; North Carolina A&T, 7; Stephen F. Austin, 6; Chattanooga, 5; Holy Cross, 3; Dartmouth, 2; Elon, 2; Monmouth (N.J.), 1; Nicholls, 1.

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