FCS Championship Game Football

North Dakota wide receiver Phoenix Sproles' helmet is adorned with FCS championship game decals during the FCS championship NCAA college football game against Eastern Washington, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. North Dakota State won 38-24.

The new STATS FCS Top 25 will be released Monday afternoon.

North Dakota State’s win at rival South Dakota State highlighted Week 9 in the FCS. This is the second straight year I have a vote for the poll. Below is how I voted.

1 – North Dakota State

(Record: 8-0; Last Week: W 23-16 at South Dakota State; This Week: at Youngstown State)

Adam Cofield’s 71-yard touchdown run with 2:32 left gave the Bison a victory over South Dakota State in a rivalry contest that lived up to its billings.

2 – James Madison

(Record: 8-1; Last Week: W 27-10 vs. Towson; This Week: Bye)

The Dukes finished off nine straight weeks of action before their bye with a dominant win against Towson while outrushing the Tigers 250 yards to 60 yards.

3 – Weber State

(Record: 6-2; Last Week: W 36-20 at UC Davis; This Week: at Sacramento State)

Since taking on FBS foes twice in the first three games of the season, all Weber State has done is take care of business to win five straight.

4 – South Dakota State

(Record: 6-2; Last Week: L 23-16 vs. North Dakota State; This Week: at Missouri State)

Despite losing quarterback J’Bore Gibbs to injury in the first quarter, the Jackrabbits hung tough with North Dakota State.

5 – Sacramento State

(Record: 6-2; Last Week: W 38-14 at Cal Poly; This Week: vs. Weber State)

Three rushing touchdowns from Elijah Dotson propelled Sacramento State to its fourth straight win.

6 – Montana

(Record: 6-2; Last Week: W 34-17 vs. Eastern Washington; This Week: at Portland State)

By outscoring Eastern Washington 24 to 3 in the second half, the Grizzlies earned a needed bounce-back win after falling to Sacramento State the week before.

7 – Villanova

(Record: 6-2; Last Week: L 36-35 vs. Stony Brook; This Week: at New Hampshire)

The Wildcats have dropped two straight after winning six in a row to open the year.

8 – Northern Iowa

(Record: 5-3; Last Week: W 29-6 at Missouri State; This Week: at Illinois State)

Northern Iowa scored the game’s first 29 points and cruised to an easy victory over Missouri State.

9 – Illinois State

(Record: 6-2; Last Week: W 24-7 vs. Indiana State; This Week: vs. Northern Iowa)

The Redbirds only had 11 passing yards in their win, but running back James Robinson accounted for 180 rushing yards and two touchdowns to beat Indiana State.

10 – Princeton

(Record: 6-0; Last Week: W 30-24 vs. Harvard; This Week: at Cornell)

Princeton needed a touchdown reception from Dylan Classi with 3:16 to play in order to extend its winning streak to 16 straight.

11 – Furman

(Record: 5-3; Last Week: W 28-7 at Western Carolina; This Week: at Chattanooga)

In a bounce-back victory, the Paladins racked up 296 yards on the ground.

12 – Central Arkansas

(Record: 6-2; Last Week: W 29-25 vs. Sam Houston State; This Week: at Lamar)

Another week, another close win for the Bears – all six this season have come by 10 points or fewer.

13 – Stony Brook

(Record: 5-3; Last Week: W 36-35 at Villanova; This Week: at Richmond)

Desperation and three total touchdowns from quarterback Tyquell Fields helped Stony Brook rally past Villanova.

14 – Kennesaw State

(Record: 7-1; Last Week: 41-17 vs. North Alabama; This Week: vs. Monmouth)

The 490 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground were enough for Kennesaw State to bury North Alabama.

15 – Montana State

(Record: 5-3; Last Week: L 16-12 at North Dakota; This Week: vs. Southern Utah)

A second consecutive loss has Montana State trending in the wrong direction.

16 – North Carolina A&T

(Record: 5-2; Last Week: W 64-6 vs. Howard; This Week: at South Carolina State)

Jah-Maine Martin ran for 138 yards and three scores to power North Carolina A&T past Howard.

17 – Dartmouth

(Record: 6-0; Last Week: W 59-24 vs. Columbia; This Week: at Harvard)

Dartmouth racked up 473 total yards of offense in its pummeling of Columbia.

18 – Wofford

(Record: 5-2; Last Week: W 35-34 vs. Chattanooga; This Week: at FBS Clemson)

It took stopping Chattanooga’s go-for-it-all 2-point conversion attempt in overtime for Wofford to claim its fifth straight win.

19 – Florida A&M

(Record: 7-1; Last Week: W 24-12 at Morgan State; This Week: vs. Delaware State)

With its win over Morgan State, Florida A&M is now up to seven straight wins.

20 – Nicholls State

(Record: 4-4; Last Week: L 37-31 vs. Abilene Christian; This Week: at Incarnate Word)

A fumble in overtime cost the Colonels against Abilene Christian.

21 – Central Connecticut State

(Record: 7-1; Last Week: W 28-0 vs. Long Island; This Week: at Wagner)

CCSU held Long Island to nine rushing yards for the game in its shutout on Saturday.

22 – Albany

(Record: 5-3; Last Week: Bye; This Week: vs. Maine)

After a week off, the Great Danes have will have a shot for their third straight win this coming Saturday against Maine.

23 – Monmouth

(Record: 6-2; Last Week: W 35-13 at Charleston Southern; This Week: at Kennesaw State)

The nation’s leading rusher, Pete Guerriero ran for 221 yards to boost Monmouth past Charleston Southern.

24 – Austin Peay

(Record: 5-3; Last Week: W 58-21 at Tennessee Tech; This Week: at Eastern Kentucky)

Austin Peay scored 44 of its 58 points before halftime in its easy win at Tennessee Tech.

25 – New Hampshire

(Record: 4-3; Last Week: Bye; This Week: vs. Villanova)

UNH got an extra week of rest to get ready for Villanova.

Contact Greg Madia at 574-6296 or gmadia@dnronline.com

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