FCS College Football: Coastal Carolina And North Dakota State Remain No. 1 and No. 2 In Week 4 Poll

Daniel Benjamin - Author

Sep. 22 2015, Updated 6:25 a.m. ET

The NCAA recently released its Football Championship Subdivision College Football Coaches poll, and for the fourth straight week, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers sit atop of the poll.

Coastal Carolina (3-0) defeated Western Illinois 34-27 in a back and forth affair. The Chanticleers took the lead for good on De’Angelo Henderson’s second touchdown run of the game with 7:55 left in the game, according to ESPN. Henderson totaled 165 yards on the ground on 24 carries. He also had six receptions for 40 yards. Overall, the Chanticleers were outgained 549-349.

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Coastal Carolina received 18 of the 26 first place votes that the coaches cast. North Dakota State remained No. 2 in the poll but closed the gap between them and the Chanticleers by gaining four first place votes — the Bisons did not receive a first place vote in the Week 3 poll. No. 3 Jacksonville State (three) and No. 7 South Dakota State (one) also received first place votes.

No. 6 Northern Iowa (2-1) was the biggest mover up the poll, as they climbed five places following its 34-20 victory over then No. 18 Cal Poly. New Hampshire (1-2) fell 11 spots from 13th to 24th after getting shellacked by Stony Brook (2-0) 31-6. Sam Houston State (nine) and Montana (eight) also fell more than five spots in the poll.

William & Mary (1-1) moved back into the poll, despite falling to Virginia 35-29 last week while, then-No. 24 Northern Arizona dropped out of the poll after getting hammered by Arizona 77-13.

Here is the complete listing of the coaches poll, including last week’s results and next week’s opponents.

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  1. Coastal Carolina (3-0), 631 points. Last week: see above. This week: vs. Bryant (2-0).
  2. North Dakota State (2-1), 617. Last week: defeated North Dakota 34-9. This week: Off.
  3. Jacksonville State (2-1). 591. Moved up one spot. Last week: defeated Tennessee State 48-14. This week: @ Tennessee-Martin (1-1).
  4. Villanova (2-1). 579. Moved down one spot. Last week: defeated Delaware 28-21. This week: vs. Penn (0-1).
  5. Illinois State (2-1). 531. Moved up one spot. Last week: defeated Eastern Illinois 34-31. This week: off.
  6. Northern Iowa (2-1). 483. see above. This week: Off.
  7. South Dakota State (2-0). 481. Last week: Off. This week: vs. Robert Morris (1-2).
  8. James Madison (3-0). 477. Moved up two spots. Last week: defeated Albany 42-28. This week: @SMU (1-2).
  9. Chattanooga (2-1). 438. Moved up three spots. Last week: defeated Samford 31-21. This week: @ Presbyterian College (1-2).
  10. Liberty (2-1). 410. Moved up four spots. Last week: defeated then-No. 7 Montana 31-21. This week: @ Southern Illinois (0-2).
  11. Eastern Washington (1-2). 349. Moved up four spots. Last week: defeated then No. 9 Montana State 55-50. This week: @Sacaramento State (1-2).
  12. Youngstown State (2-1). 328. Moved up four spots. Last week: defeated St. Francis (PA) 48-3. This week: Off.
  13. Montana State (1-1). 296. This week: lost to then No. 15 Eastern Washington 55-50. This week: No. 22 Cal Poly (1-2).
  14. Sam Houston State (0-2). 277. Moved down nine spots. Last week: lost to Lamar 49-46. This week: vs. Houston Baptist (1-2).
  15. Montana (1-2). 260. Moved down eight spots. Last week: lost to then No. 14 Liberty 31-21. This week: vs. Northern Arizona (2-1).
  16. Fordham (2-1). 239. Moved up three spots. Last week: defeated Columbia 44-24. This week: vs. Monmouth (1-2).
  17. McNeese State (2-0). 231. Moved up four spots. Last week: defeated Stephen F. Austin 28-14. This week: vs. D-II Mississippi College.
  18. Portland State (2-0). 220. Moved up two spots. Last week: didn’t play. This week: vs. D-II Western Oregon.
  19. Southern Louisiana (2-1). 164. Dropped two spots. This week: lost to Ohio 35-14. This week:Off.
  20. Richmond (2-1). 147. Moved up three spots. Last week: defeated VMI 42-10. This week: Off.
  21. Eastern Kentucky (1-1). 126. Moved up one spot. Last week: didn’t play. This week: vs. Austin Peay (0-3).
  22. Cal Poly (1-2). 114. Fell four spots. Last week: lost to then- No. 11 Northern Iowa 34-20. This week: @No. 13 Montana State.
  23. Indiana State (2-1). 112. Moved up two spots. Last week: defeated Southeast Missouri State (29-28). This week: Off.
  24. New Hampshire (1-2). 78. See above. This week. vs. Central Connecticut (1-2).
  25. William Mary (1-1). 45. See above. This week: vs. Stony Brook (2-0).

There is another poll for the FCS and that is the STATS Top-25.

While the STATS and the Coaches polls have essentially the same teams ranked, the order is totally different. The lone exception is that Harvard (1-0) is ranked in the Stats poll coming in at No. 24 and is not ranked in the Coaches poll. William & Mary is the team ranked in the Coaches poll and not ranked in the STATS poll.

The STATS poll has Jacksonville State at No. 1, Coastal Carolina at No. 2, North Dakota State at No. 3, Illinois State at No. 4 and Villanova at No.5.

Liberty was the biggest mover in the STAT poll, moving up five spots from No. 15 to No. 10. In the meantime, Sam Houston State saw the biggest drop falling nine places from No. 3 to No. 12.

(photo via Coastal Carolina Athletics)


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