Skip to main content

My FCS Top 25 Vote, Week 1, 2015

One last bit of house-cleaning to finish up before tackling the James Madison preview in earnest: below the flip, check out my FCS Top 25 vote below.

It could have been one of the hardest Top 25 votes I've ever done.  For example, which FCS team that upset an FBS team was I going to leave off?  Montana went 1-1 in their two games - where should they be ranked?  Finally - how much was I going to punish some teams (I'm looking at you, Villanova) for losing to FBS squads?


1: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
2: Jacksonville State Gamecocks
3: Villanova Wildcats
4: Illinois State Redbirds
5: Sam Houston State Bearkats
6: Montana Grizzlies
7: Eastern Washington Eagles
8: New Hampshire Wildcats
9: North Dakota State Bison
10: Fordham Rams
11: Northern Iowa Panthers
12: Liberty Flames
13: William & Mary Tribe
14: Southeastern Louisiana Lions
15: James Madison Dukes
16: Montana State Bobcats
17: Indiana State Sycamores
18: Samford Bulldogs
19: Chattanooga Mocs
20: Harvard Crimson
21: Southern Illinois Salukis
22: South Dakota State Jackrabbits
23: Portland State Vikings
24: Cal Poly Mustangs
25: Dartmouth Big Green


  1. Ninth?  Yes, Virginia; I put the defending champs the North Dakota State Bison 9th, behind teams like Villanova, Sam Houston, and New Hampshire.  Is it too low?  Yes; I acknowledge it is.  However, I think they were seriously harmed by my general policy to not downgrade a team for losing to an FBS team, which is why Villanova, Illinois State, Sam Houston State, and Eastern Washington all stayed pretty much the same from last week.
  2. Coastal 1, Jacksonville State 2?  Yup.  My preseason poll had Coastal Carolina at 2 behind North Dakota state, and they won a pretty big game on the road this weekend vs. Furman as well, making them the logical choice, barely squeaking it out over Jacksonville State.  (Incidentally, not a great weekend for the SoCon - the Gamecocks also beat last year's champions, Chattanooga, 23-20.  My sleeper pick as SoCon champs, Samford, saved the conference with a resounding 45-16 win over Central Arkansas.)
  3. Logjam on the bottom?  Yes,  My bottom 5 saw me have to take out my sleeper NEC (Bryant) and MEAC (North Carolina A&T) picks in order to find room for Portland State (who came out of nowhere to upset Washington State 23-17) and Cal Poly (who beat Montana in a non-conference matchup on the final play of the game).  While I didn't feel comfortable putting Poly in the Top 10, I felt like they needed to be in the conversation, along with Portland State, so I stuck them in the Top 25.  Is it fair, because Poly beat Montana?  No; but Poly has a chance to build on their success and rise up the ranks quickly if they do the expected and win a bunch of games.  Same with Portland State, for that matter.
  4. No North Dakota?  If there were a No. 26, North Dakota would be that team due to their shutout win vs. FBS Wyoming (ironically coached by North Dakota State's former head guy, Craig Bohl), but for now they are just outside the Top 25 because, frankly, I think Dartmouth is a better team.  There will be a very good chance for the Fightin' Nothings to get into the Top 25, but some other teams will have to lose first.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Remembering Lehigh's Battles With The Late Tubby Raymond

(Photo Credits: Delaware Online)

When I heard the news Tubby Raymond, legendary Delaware head football coach, died last week at the age of 92, two immediate memories came rushing back to me.

One occurred on October 16th, 1999, when Tubby had made a complaint to the local paper or radio in the run-up to Kevin Higgins' Mountain Hawks beating his Blue Hens on Delaware's homecoming, 42-35.

I have no idea if the quote even actually happened, but my recollection is that Tubby said that Lehigh had "St. Bartholomew's" on their schedule, and hadn't played anybody.  It was a verbal jab that many Delaware fans took with them to the stands to heckle the Mountain Hawk fans that made the short trip to Newark.

Up until that point, I had watched a bunch of Lehigh football games over the years.  I experienced their rise in the 1990s.  I enjoyed wins, and championships, and playoff victories.

But never had I felt a win so viscerally vindicating than the one over Tubby Raymond&…

Lehigh Wrestling Gets Superstar Treatment at PPL Center. Lehigh Football Needs The Same At Murray Goodman.

"We knew it would be nice," Lehigh wrestling head coach Pat Santoro said. "But it was even better than we expected."

Pat was talking about the reception his Lehigh wrestling squad experienced at Allentown's PPL Center this weekend, when a sellout crowd over nearly 10,000 people came to watch No. 1 Penn State grapple with No. 5 Lehigh in a collegiate wrestling event.

It was, by all accounts, something special to behold. 

"I thought it was really cool and an exciting place to wrestle," said Penn State wrestler Nick Nevills. "These fans were really into it, a rowdy bunch. It's a lot more fun as an athlete to wrestle in an environment like this. I'd say it was one of the most exciting times I have had in my career."

The sense of spectacle at the PPL center, though, puts a spotlight on what more can be done at Lehigh itself to make their athletic contests into spectacles.  It requires money to be spent and energy to be expended.  But the…

Troy Pelletier Hasn't Stopped Outworking His Rivals On His Journey To Professional Football

Many Patriot League football fans remember the 153rd meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette, one that ended happily for the Mountain Hawks.

They might remember the MVP performance of QB Brad Mayes, or perhaps the halftime speech by OL Zach Duffy that seemed to spur the Mountain Hawks to victory.

Or perhaps they might remember the spectacular single play of Mayes rolling right and finding WR Gatlin Casey in the end zone to give the Mountain Hawks a lead they didn't relinquish.  It was an incredible play by Mayes, who returns this upcoming year for his senior season, and Casey, who, having exhausted his eligibility at Lehigh, will be playing one more year at Middle Tennessee State.

As great as those individual moments are, though, they are not my biggest takeaway of that game.

Too many Lehigh people forget that Lehigh was down 31-21 at half, and that victory was no sure thing.  And they sometimes forget that so much of that victory came from the grinding of WR Troy Pelletier, deliver…