College Football Top 25: New No. 1 Team Rises in FCS Power Rankings After North Dakota State Defeat

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEPTEMBER 17 Montana in the state of Indiana
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As we approach Week 4 of the college football season, there were some excellent observations and conclusions from Week 3 that are worth highlighting. Let’s start at the top. A new number 1 team has emerged in the rankings, with Montana taking the top spot following North Dakota’s 31-28 loss to Arizona over the weekend. While losses to FBS teams are common, Bison were favored over the Wildcats and had opportunities to win.

Let’s also give a nod to the Ivy League, which ended with a 7-1 NCAA record against FCS opponents last weekend to open the 2022 season. Although there are no Ivy League teams in this week’s FCS Power Rankings , the strong start suggests that it looks like some teams make it to the rankings in due course.

Here are some other odds and ends I’ve observed so far…

  • The southeastern state of Missouri appears to be a potential candidate in the Ohio Valley Conference.
  • Until the clock hits quadruple zero, never think Fordham is out of the game.
  • Morgan State’s new head coach Damon Wilson is building something special in Baltimore.
  • Southern Illinois’ 31-24 turn over Northwestern should receive more attention.
  • Monmouth could have the next Warrick Dunn in tailback Jaden Shirden’s second year.

Here’s how the FCS Power Rankings look to enter week 4:

Highest riser: North Carolina Central – No. 19 (Last week: 25)
New this week: Elon, Mercer
Dropout: UT Martin, Youngstown State
Just missed the cut: North Dakota (2-1), Dartmouth (1-0)

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