The Top 25 Poll: Some New Blood

The Top 25 Poll: Some New Blood

It’s early but it’s also a refreshing poll in the sense of a few of teams making early waves like Howard University. Quick, where is Howard located? It’s in Washington, D.C. and new coach Mike London is 1-1 after two FBS games, including giving Kent State all it could handle last week in dropping a 38-31 decision. Don’t forget London once won an FCS title at Richmond. The Bison opened the season with a win at UNLV. Tennessee State is also up there with an FBS win, albeit Georgia State. TSU followed it up with a less-impressive 17-15 win over Jackson State of the SWAC, but an FBS victory this early is still worth something. And how about New Hampshire? The Wildcats are looking to get back in the CAA title picture and a 22-12 win at FBS Georgia Southern is a pretty good start after a one-point opening-weekend win over Maine. We’ve been to Georgia Southern, which takes winning very serious in Statesboro, Ga. The wolves have to be howling there today.

South Dakota is off to an impressive early start getting an FBS win of its own — at Bowling Green. Not a good weekend for the MAC, which continues to digress in relation to the upper level of the FCS.  JMU continues to be the class of the division, but NDSU Bizon made some headway in the cred department dismantling Eastern Washington on the road. In the interest of full disclosure, here is my weekly ballot to the top 25 poll.

  1. James Madison (2-0)
  2. North Dakota State (2-0)
  3. New Hampshire (2-0)
  4. South Dakota State (2-0)
  5. South Dakota (2-0)
  6. Sam Houston State (2-0)
  7. Jacksonville State (2-0)
  8. Villanova (1-1)
  9. Youngstown State (1-1)
  10. North Dakota (1-1)
  11. Howard (1-1)
  12. Tennessee State (2-0)
  13. The Citadel (2-0)
  14. Western Illinois (2-0)
  15. Wofford (2-0)
  16. Richmond (1-1)
  17. Illinois State (1-0)
  18. Northern Iowa (1-1)
  19. Nicholls (1-1)
  20. Samford (2-0)
  21. Colgate (1-1)
  22. Weber State (1-1)
  23. William & Mary (1-1)
  24. North Carolina A&T (2-0)
  25. Eastern Washington (0-2)

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