JSU Moves to No. 4, Preps for No. 16 EKU

Jacksonville State moved up another spot to No. 4 in this week's Top 25 FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network Top 25 football poll following last week's 56-0 shutout over Austin Peay.

It marks the highest ranking for the Gamecocks this season and is the first time the team has been ranked in the Top 5 since the 2010 season, when Jax State was ranked as high as No. 2.

North Dakota State remained No. 1 in both polls, while New Hampshire is second, and Coastal Carolina is third in The Sports Network poll, while Coastal Carolina is second, and New Hampshire is third in the FCS Coaches poll. Jax State is fourth in both polls and Eastern Washington rounds out the top 5.

Jax State, the winner of seven-straight games, has been ranked in the Top 10 every week this year and has been ranked in the Top 25 polls every year over the last seven years. The Gamecocks also have the longest active winning streak against conference opponents, winning their last six against OVC teams.

Jacksonville State travels to face its third ranked opponent of the season at No. 15 Eastern Kentucky this weekend. These are the two most successful football teams in the Ohio Valley Conference with near identical conference marks of 70-23 (EKU) and 69-23 (JSU). Between the two teams, they have won the OVC Championship in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Courtesy: JSU Sports Information

THE SPORTS NETWORK POLL

Team (1st Votes) Record Points PR

1. North Dakota State (164) 9-0 4100 1

2. New Hampshire 7-1 3858 2

3. Coastal Carolina 9-0 3796 3

4. Jacksonville State 7-1 3584 5

5. Eastern Washington 8-2 3389 6

6. McNeese State 6-2 2965 9

7. Villanova 7-2 2883 4

8. Richmond 7-2 2839 13

9. Fordham 8-1 2786 10

10. Youngstown State 7-2 2504 11

11. Montana 6-3 2271 12

12. Illinois State 7-1 2242 7

13. Chattanooga 6-3 2078 13

14. Southeastern Louisiana 6-3 1863 15

15. Montana State 6-3 1803 8

16. Eastern Kentucky 8-1 1801 16

17. Indiana State 6-3 1334 19

18. Harvard 7-0 1129 20

19. Northern Iowa 5-4 1088 22

20. Bethune-Cookman 7-2 905 21

21. Cal Poly 6-3 783 NR

22. South Dakota State 5-4 658 18

23. Bryant 7-1 495 25

24. William & Mary 5-4 391 17

25. Northern Arizona 6-3 322 NR

FCS COACHES POLL

Team (1st Votes) Record Points PR

1. North Dakota State (26) 9-0 650 1

2. Coastal Carolina 9-0 618 2

3. New Hampshire 7-1 599 4

4. Jacksonville State 7-1 570 5

5. Eastern Washington 8-2 539 7

6. McNeese State 6-2 500 8

7. Villanova 7-2 475 3

8. Richmond 7-2 446 14

9. Fordham 8-1 412 10

10. Montana 6-3 395 11

11. Chattanooga 6-3 387 12

12. Illinois State 7-1 385 6

13. Youngstown State 7-2 369 13

14. Southeastern Louisiana 6-3 320 15

15. Eastern Kentucky 8-1 270 16

16. Montana State 6-3 260 9

17. Harvard 7-0 218 18

18. Bethune-Cookman 7-2 174 20

19. Indiana State 6-3 171 21

20. Northern Iowa 5-4 155 22

21. Bryant 7-1 108 24

22. South Dakota State 5-4 104 19

23. Cal Poly 6-3 86 NR

24. Southern Illinois 5-4 48 25

25. William & Mary 5-4 47 17

Courtesy: JSU Sports Information

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