2012 NUC FCS POLL
There are three really nice matchups this week amongst ranked FCS teams. #3 Sam Houston State travels to Conway, AR to take on the #22 ranked Bears. The Monarchs ranked #4 in the country host the #10 Wildcats of New Hampshire. Finally #5 Northern Iowa, who frustrated both Iowa and Wisconsin, travel to Youngstown, OH to take on the #5 Penguins.
Finally Matt Brown of Illinois State threw for 473 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for two scores in 54 to 51 double overtime win over Eastern Illinois.
1. North Dakota State (ND) Bison
Head Coach: Craig Bohl
Last Week: Bye
Next Game: 9/22 vs. Prairie View A&M (0-3)
2. Montana State (MT) Bobcats
Head Coach: Rob Ash
Last Week: Junior receiver Tanner Bleskin had ten catches for 180 yards and one score in 43 to 35 win over Stephen F. Austin.
Next Game: 9/22 vs. Northern Colorado (1-2)
3. Sam Houston State (TX) Bearkats
Head Coach: Willie Fritz
Last Week: The Bearkats played Baylor tough for a half but fell 48 to 23 in the end.
Next Game: 9/22 @ Central Arkansas (2-1)
4. Old Dominion (VA) Monarchs
Head Coach: Bobby Wilder
Last Week: Sophomore Taylor Heinicke completed 21 of 29 passes for 486 yards and seven touchdowns in 70 to 14 beat down of Campbell.
Next Game: 9/22 vs. New Hampshire (2-1)
5. Youngstown State (OH) Penguins
Head Coach: Eric Wolford
Last Week: Senior running back Jamaine Cook carried the ball 33 times for 161 yards and three scores in 31 to 24 win over Albany.
Next Game: 9/22 vs. Northern Iowa (1-2)
6. James Madison (VA) Dukes
Head Coach: Mickey Matthews
Last Week: The Dukes fell to high flying Big12 member West Virginia 42 to 12.
Next Game: 9/22 @ Rhode Island (0-2)
7. Delaware (DE) Blue Hens
Head Coach: KC Keeler
Last Week: Junior running back Andrew Pierce ran for 101 yards and 22 carries as the Blue Hens got defensive in 19 to 3 win over Bucknell.
Next Game: 9/22 @ William & Mary (0-3)
8. Stony Brook (NY) Seawolves
Head Coach: Chuck Priore
Last Week: The Seawolves gave Syracuse all it could handle as Miguel Maysonet ran for 158 yards and one score in 28 to 17 loss.
Next Game: 9/22 vs. Colgate (1-2)
9. Georgia Southern (GA) Eagles
Head Coach: Jeff Monken
Last Week: Bye
Next Game: 9/22 vs. Elon (2-1)
10. New Hampshire (NH) Wildcats
Head Coach: Sean McDonnell
Last Week: The Wildcats had 331 yards on the ground in pounding of Central Connecticut State 43 to 10.
Next Game: 9/22 @ Old Dominion (3-0)
11. Appalachian State (NC) Mountaineers
Head Coach: Jerry Moore
Last Week: The Mountaineers allowed 618 total yards to The Citadel in 52 to 28 home loss to the Bulldogs.
Next Game: 9/22 @ Chattanooga (1-2)
12. Montana (MT) Grizzlies
Head Coach: Mick Delaney
Last Week: The Grizzlies dominated special team as Peter Nguyen returned a punt 90 yards for a score and Stephen Shaw averaged 49.2 yards a punt on five attempts in 34 to 14 win over Liberty.
Next Game: 9/22 vs. Northern Arizona (2-1)
13. Indiana State (IN) Sycamores
Head Coach: Trent Miles
Last Week: Sycamore running backs Shakir Bell carried the ball 33 times for 349 yards and three scores in 27 to 10 win over Drake.
Next Game: 9/22 vs. South Dakota State (2-1)
14. Towson (MD) Tigers
Head Coach: Rob Ambrose
Last Week: Senior running back Terrance West carried the ball 27 times for 153 yards in 20 to 17 win over William & Mary.
Next Game: 9/22 vs. St. Francis (PA) (2-1)
15. The Citadel (SC) Bulldogs
Head Coach: Kevin Higgins
Last Game: The Bulldogs shocked the FCS world after rushing for 463 yards in 52 to 28 win over Appalachian State.
Next Game: 9/22 @ North Carolina State (2-1)
16. Northern Iowa (IA) Panthers
Head Coach: Mark Farley
Last Week: The Panthers gave the Hawkeyes all they could handle before they fell 27 to 16.
Next Game: 9/22 @ Youngstown State (3-0)
17. Wofford (SC) Terriers
Head Coach: Mike Ayers
Last Week: Wofford rushed for 590 yards in 49 to 20 win over Western Carolina.
Next Game: 9/29 vs. Elon (2-1)
18. Illinois State (IL) Redbirds
Head Coach: Brock Spack
Last Week: Senior signal caller Matt Brown threw for 473 yards and five touchdowns in 54 to 51 double overtime win over Eastern Illinois.
Next Game: 9/22 @ Western Illinois (2-1)
19. Eastern Washington (WA) Eagles
Head Coach: Beau Baldwin
Last Week: Bye
Next Game: 9/22 @ Weber State (0-3)
20. Central Arkansas (AR) Bears
Head Coach: Clint Conque
Last Week: Willie Matthews ran for 153 yards and once score in 70 to 3 win over Bacone College.
Next Game: 9/22 vs. Sam Houston State (1-1)
21. Jacksonville State (AL) Gamecocks
Head Coach: Jack Crowe
Last Week: Bye
Next Game: 9/22 @ Eastern Kentucky (2-1)
22. Lehigh (PA) Mountain Hawks
Head Coach: Andy Coen
Last Week: Senior signal caller Mike Colvin accounted for 333 yards of offense in 17 to 14 win over Princeton.
Next Game: 9/22 @ Liberty (0-3)
23. McNeese State (LA) Cowboys
Head Coach: Matt Viator
Last Game: Cody Stroud threw for 256 yards and one score in 35 to 21 win over Weber State.
Next Game: 9/22 @ Southeastern Louisiana (0-3)
24. North Dakota (ND)
Head Coach: Chris Mussman
Last Week: Greg Hardin had eight catches for 142 yards and three scores in close loss to San Diego State 49 to 41.
Next Game: 9/22 @ Sacramento State (2-1)
25. Maine (ME) Black Bears
Head Coach: Jack Cosgrove
Last Week: The Black Bears pummeled Bryant 51 to 7 behind sophomore running back Daniel Hoods 138 total yards and two scores.
Next Game: 9/22 vs. Albany (2-1)
Just Outside: Albany, NY (2-1); Bethune-Cookman, FL (2-1); Cal Poly (2-0); Eastern Kentucky (2-1); Harvard (1-0); Sacramento State (2-1); Samford (3-0); Tennessee State (3-0); Tennessee Tech (2-1); Villanova, PA (2-1).
Dropped out of Top25
Stephen F. Austin (TX) Lumberjacks
Head Coach: JC Harper
Last Week: Cordell Roberson had ten catches for 163 yards and one score in tough road loss to Montana State 43 to 35.
Next Game: 9/22 @ Texas State (1-1)
Tennessee Tech (TN) Golden Eagles
Head Coach: Watson Brown
Last Week: The Golden Eagles made the trip to Eugene and came away with a mouth full of feathers in 63 to 14 loss to the Oregon Ducks.
Next Week: 9/22 @ Southeast Missouri State (1-2)