2016 NUC Sports FCS Football NCAA Top 25 Rankings-Week Four-per NUC Sports Media

Tarik Cohen

Moving into the Top 25 for the second time this year is Eastern Illinois at #24. The Panthers were one of three FCS teams to knock off an FBS opponent this week by beating Miami of Ohio 21-17.

                                                          

2016 NUC Sports FCS Top 25

 Week 4

Somehow Central Arkansas lost to Samford 35-29 though the statistics dictate something else. With the loss the Bears fall out of the NUC FCS Top 25.

Moving into the Top 25 for the second time this year is Eastern Illinois at #24. The Panthers were one of three FCS teams to knock off an FBS opponent this week by beating Miami of Ohio 21-17.

Illinois State knocked off Big Ten opponent Northwestern 9-7 and North Carolina A&T used 4OT’s to take down Kent State 39-36.

Running back Tarick Cohen of North Carolina A&T is the NUC FCS Top 25 Player of the Week. In the win over the Golden Flashes he carried the ball 24 times for 133 yards and a score. Cohen also caught nine passes for 125 yards.

There are two really good matchups this week that will surely shake up the Top 25. Northern Iowa #7, fresh off their home loss to Montana, visits Eastern Washington #8. Eastern Illinois #24 takes on their second MVFC school of the year visiting Illinois State #5. Also of note Ivy League play begins this week.

What Top 25 FCS schools have a shot at knocking off FBS opponents on the road? North Dakota State #1(2-0) visits Iowa (2-0), James Madison #9 (2-0) heads south to battle North Carolina (1-1) and North Carolina A&T #21 (2-0) heads west to take on Tulsa (1-1)

1.     North Dakota State (ND) Bison

Head Coach: Chris Klieman

Record: (2-0/0-0 MVFC)

Last Week: Easton Stick accounted for 317 yards and three scores while senior linebacker Nick DeLuca has a pick six in the Bison 50-44 OT win over Eastern Washington.

Next Game: 9/17 @ Iowa (2-0)

2.     Sam Houston State (TX) Bearkats

Head Coach: KC Keeler

Record: (1-0/0-0 Southland)

Last Week: Off

Next Game: 9/17 @ Lamar (0-2)

3.     Jacksonville State (AL) Gamecocks

Head Coach: John Grass

Record: (1-1/0-0 OVC)

Last Week: The Gamecocks gave up 244 yards on the ground in their 34-13 loss to LSU.

Next Game: 9/17 vs. Coastal Carolina (2-0)

4.     Richmond (VA) Spiders

Head Coach: Danny Rocco

Record: (2-0/0-0 CAA)

Last Week: David Jones had a 68-yard punt return for score and the Spider defense held Norfolk State to 122 total yards in their 34-0 win. 

Next Game: 9/17 @ Stony Brook (1-1)

5.     Illinois State (IL) Redbirds

Head Coach: Brock Spack

Record: (2-0/0-0 MVFC)

Last Week: The Redbirds held Northwestern to just 86 yards rushing on 31 carries in their huge 9-7 win.

Next Game: 9/17 vs. Eastern Illinois (1-1)

6.     Montana (MT) Grizzlies

Head Coach: Bob Stitt

Record: (2-0/0-0 Big Sky)

Last Week: Jerry Lovie McGee returned a punt 81 yards for a score in the Grizzlies huge 20-14 win over Northern Iowa.

Next Game: 9/24 @ Cal Poly (1-1)

7.     Northern Iowa (IA) Panthers

Head Coach: Mark Farley

Record: (1-1/0-0 MVFC)

Last Week: Despite a decided yardage advantage the Panther’s two costly turnovers led to 20-14 loss to Montana.

Next Game: 9/17 @Eastern Washington (1-1)

8.     Eastern Washington (WA) Eagles

Head Coach: Beau Baldwin

Record: (1-1/0-0 Big Sky)

Last Week: The Eagles three picks proved costly in the Eagles 50-44 OT loss to #1 North Dakota State.

Next Game: 9/17 vs. Northern Iowa (1-1)

9.     James Madison (VA) Dukes

Head Coach: Mike Houston

Record: (2-0/0-0 CAA)

Last Week: Running backs Cardon Johnson and Khlaid Abdulah combined for 234 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Dukes 56-28 win over CCSU.

Next Game: 9/17 @ North Carolina (1-0)

10.  William & Mary (VA) The Tribe

Head Coach: Jimmye Laycock

Record: (1-1/0-0 CAA)

Last Week: Devonte Dedmon caught seven passes for 168 yards and one score in 24-14 win over Hampton.

Next Game: 9/17 vs. Norfolk State (1-1)

11.  South Dakota State (SD) Jackrabbits

Head Coach: John Stiegelmeier

2015 Record: (1-1/0-0 MVFC)

Last Week: Taryn Christion was 24 of 28 for 224 yards and four scores in the Jacks 56-28 win over Drake,

Next Game: 9/17 vs. Cal Poly (1-1)

12.  Colgate (NY) Raiders

Head Coach: Dan Hunt

Record: (0-1/0-0 Patriot)

Last Week: Off

Next Game: 9/17 @ Yale (0-0)

13.  South Dakota State (SD) Jackrabbits

Head Coach: John Stiegelmeier

2015 Record: (1-1/0-0 MVFC)

Last Week: Taryn Christion was 24 of 28 for 224 yards and four scores in the Jacks 56-28 win over Drake,

Next Game: 9/17 vs. Cal Poly (1-1)

14.  Western Illinois  (IL) Leathernecks

Head Coach: Charlie Fisher

Record: (2-0/0-0 MVFC)

Last Week: Lance Lenoir caught 11 passes for 231 yards and a score in the Leathernecks 34-20 win over Northern Arizona.

Next Game: 9/24 @ Northern Illinois (0-2)

15.  Portland State (OR) Vikings

Head Coach: Bruce Barnum

Record: (1-1/0-0 Big Sky)

Last Week: The Vikings threw three picks and gave up 409 yards on the ground in their 66-35 loss to San Jose State.

Next Game: 9/17 @ Washington (2-0)

16.  Charleston Southern (SC) Buccaneers

Head Coach: Jamey Chadwell

Record: (1-2/0-0 Big South)

Last Week: The shorthanded Bucs only converted 2 of 12 third downs in their 52-8 loss to Florida State.

Next Game: 9/24 @ Monmouth (2-0)

17.  Northern Arizona (AZ) Lumberjacks

Head Coach: Jerome Souers

Record: (0-2/0-0 Big Sky)

Last Week: The Lumberjacks gave up 539 yards of offense in their 34-20 loss to Western Illinois.

Next Game: 9/17 @ New Mexico Highlands (0-2)

18.  The Citadel (SC) Bulldogs

Head Coach: Brent Thompson

Record: (2-0/2-0 SoCon)

Last Week: Dee Delaney picked off two passes in the Bulldogs 19-14 win over Furman.

Next Game: 9/17 @ Gardner Webb (1-1)

19.  Youngstown State (OH) Penguins

Head Coach: Bo Pelini

Record: (1-1/0-0 MVFC)

Last Week: The Penguins gave up 624 yards of offense in their 38-21 loss to West Virginia.

Next Game: 9/17 vs. Robert Morris (0-2)

20.  Fordham (NY) Rams

Head Coach: Alex Breiner

Record: (1-1/0-0 Patriot)

Last Week: The Rams racked up a whopping 707 yards of offense in 83-21 win over Elizabeth City State.

Next Game: 9/24 vs. Penn (0-0)

21.  North Carolina A&T (NC) Aggies

Head Coach: Rod Broadway

Record: (2-0/0-0 MEAC)

Last Week: Tarik Cohen accounted for 258 yards and one score on 33 touches in the Aggies huge 39-36 4OT win over Kent State.

Next Game: 9/17 @ Tulsa (1-1)

22.  McNeese State (LA) Cowboys

Head Coach: Lance Guidry

Record: (1-1/0-0 Southland)

Last Week: The Cowboys came up a bit short in 30-22 loss to (FBS) Louisiana-Lafayette.

Next Game: 9/17 vs. Stephen F. Austin (1-1)

23.  New Hampshire (NH) Wildcats

Head Coach: Sean McDonnell

Record: (1-1/0-0 CAA)

Last Week: Dalton Crossan ran for 199 yards and two scores in the Wildcats 39-28 win over Holy Cross.

Next Game: 9/17 @ Dartmouth (0-0)

24.  Eastern Illinois (IL) Panthers

Head Coach: Kim Dameron

Record: (1-1/0-0)

Last Week: Mitch Kimble accounted for 207 yards and three scores in the Panthers 21-17 win over Miami of Ohio.  

Next Game: 9/17 @ Illinois State (2-0)

25.  Penn (PA) Quakers

Head Coach: Ray Priore

Record: (0-0/0-0 Ivy)

Last Week: Off

Next Game: 9/17 vs. Lehigh (0-2)

Just Outside: Albany (2-0); Bethune-Cookman (0-1); Central Arkansas (1-1); Delaware (2-0); Grambling State (1-1); Harvard (0-0); Liberty (1-1); Samford (2-0); Southern Utah (1-1); Stony Brook (1-1); Towson (1-1); Villanova (1-1)

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