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My FCS Top 25, 10/29/2012

Did I forget to post my vote for the FCS Top 25 for the week ending 10/27/2012?  I guess I did.  My vote follows below the flip, with a shorter-than-usual explanation of things.



1: Georgia Southern Eagles
2: Montana State Bobcats
3: North Dakota State Bison
4: Stony Brook Seawolves
5: Wofford Terriers
6: Eastern Washington Eagles
7: Lehigh Mountain Hawks
8: James Madison Dukes
9: Cal Poly Mustangs
10: Sam Houston State Bearkats
11: New Hampshire Wildcats
12: Old Dominion Monarchs
13: Indiana State Sycamores
14: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
15: Central Arkansas Bears
16: Appalachian State Mountaineers
17: Albany Great Danes
18: South Dakota State Jackrabbits
19: Illinois State Redbirds
20: Tennessee State Tigers
21: Sacramento State Hornets
22: Richmond Spiders
23: Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
24: Villanova Wildcats
25: Colgate Raiders
  • Most significant win: For me, it was Sacramento State's win over previously undefeated Cal Poly, 35-29, which was a must-win for the Hornets to keep any semblance of postseason hopes alive.  Not only was it an impressive win for Sacramento State, with an epic performance from QB Garrett Safron, it was a turning of the corner of late-season swoons that seems to always plague the Hornets. 
  • Most Significant Loss: Youngstown State effectively played themselves out of the playoffs by losing to South Dakota State 41-28 in their fourth consecutive loss in Missouri Valley play.  Normally, a win over an FBS school like Pitt would make the Penguins a shoo-in for the playoffs.  This year?  Not so much, with Indiana State looming on the schedule and even a game against South Dakota this weekend not exactly a guaranteed win.
  • Forgotten Team: Colgate.  The Raiders not only have one of the Top 10 offenses in the nation, thanks to QB Gavin McCarney, few people realize they are two wins away from the the Patriot League title should they dispatch of Lafayette at home and Lehigh the following weekend. They started slow - Dick Biddle's team generally does - but they are firing on all cylinders and are very deserving of a Top 25 nod this weekend.
  • Finally, you might have missed it before Sandy hit the Valley, but Lehigh's kept its No.1 spot in the Lambert Poll this week.  Here are this week's results:
Division I - Championship Subdivision Record
1. Lehigh 8-0
2. Old Dominion 7-1
3. (tie) Stony Brook 8-1
3. (tie) New Hampshire 7-2
5. James Madison 6-2
6. Albany 6-1
7. Richmond 6-3
8. Harvard 6-1
9. Towson 4-4
10. Villanova 6-3

Also Receiving Votes: Colgate, Delaware

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