2012 NUC FCS POLL
We have a change at the top of the poll as last year's defending FCS Champs North Dakota State downed Colorado State 22 to 7. Montana State struggled with Drake thanks to turnovers and penalties causing them to drop to #2 in the NUC FCS Poll. Illinois State also makes a nice jump from #19 to #16 with their quality win over FBS Eastern Michigan. Central Arkansas jumps from #23 to #19 with a solid 42 to 20 win over Murray State.
The other two FCS schools that damaged the reputation of FBS programs are Sacramento State and Northern Arizona. The Hornets downed PAC12 member Colorado 30 to 28 and the Lumberjacks beat UNLV 17 to 14. This week's upset alert pits two teams from the Hawkeye State. Northern Iowa travels to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes. The Panthers almost upset Big10 member Wisconsin two weeks ago. Iowa has really struggled offensively this year barely beating Northern Illinois and then putting up a six spot in loss to Iowa State.
The NUC FCS matchup of the week pits #20 Stephen F. Austin traveling to Bozeman, Montana to take on the #2 Bobcats. The Lumberjacks could not hold onto the ball this past week turning it over ten times in 52 to 0 loss to SMU. The Bobcats also played sloppy turning the ball over three times while committing eight penalties for 70 yards in 34 to 24 win over Drake.
We again have Co-NUC FCS Players of the Week. Wynrick Smothers of Central Arkansas completed 31 of 41 passes for 358 yards and five scores in 42 to 20 win over Murray State. Marcus Hendrickson of North Dakota completed 16 of 25 passes for six scores in 45 to 37 win over Portland State.
1. North Dakota State (ND) Bison
Head Coach: Craig Bohl
Last Week: The Bison came through with the upset pick of the week beating Colorado State 22 to 7 by holding the Rams to one of 10 on third downs.
Next Game: 9/22 vs. Prairie View A&M (0-2)
2. Montana State (MT) Bobcats
Head Coach: Rob Ash
Last Week: The Bobcats converted 12 of 18 third downs as Drake only converted three of 14 in 34 to 24 win.
Next Game: 9/15 vs. Stephen F. Austin (1-1)
3. Sam Houston State (TX) Bearkats
Head Coach: Willie Fritz
Last Week: The Bearkats outgained The Cardinals of Incarnate Word 484 yards to 88 yards.
Next Game: 9/15 @ Baylor (1-0)
4. Old Dominion (VA) Monarchs
Head Coach: Bobby Wilder
Last Week: Taylor Heinicke remains hot as he completed 20 of 32 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns in 47 to 7 win over Hampton.
Next Game: 9/15 vs. Campbell (1-1)
5. Appalachian State (NC) Mountaineers
Head Coach: Jerry Moore
Last Week: The Mountaineers won the battle of FCS powers as Jamal Jackson completed 24 of 34 passes for 260 yards and two scores in 35 to 27 win over Montana.
Next Game: 9/15 vs. The Citadel (2-0)
6. Youngstown State (OH) Penguins
Head Coach: Eric Wolford
Last Week: Torrian Pace carried the ball 14 times for 146 yards and two scores in 59-0 beat down of Valparaiso.
Next Game: 9/15 vs. Albany (2-0)
7. James Madison (VA) Dukes
Head Coach: Mickey Matthews
Last Week: Dae'Quan Scott and Justin Thorpe carried the ball a combined 17 times for 208 yards and three scores in 42 to 3 win over Alcorn State.
Next Game: 9/15 @ West Virginia (1-0)
8. Delaware (DE) Blue Hens
Head Coach: KC Keeler
Last Week: Delaware won the battle of the "First State" 38 to 14 holding the Hornets to 55 yards on the ground.
Next Game: 9/15 vs. Bucknell (1-0)
9. Stony Brook (NY) Seawolves
Head Coach: Chuck Priore
Last Week: The Seawolves outgained Pace 693 yards to 104 yards in 77 to 7 win.
Next Game: 9/15 @ Syracuse (0-2)
10. Georgia Southern (GA) Eagles
Head Coach: Jeff Monken
Last Week: Despite rushing for 307 yards two missed field goals doomed the Eagles 23 to 21 against The Citadel.
Next Game: 9/22 vs. Elon (1-1)
11. New Hampshire (NH) Wildcats
Head Coach: Sean McDonnell
Last Week: The Minnesota Gopher defense held New Hampshire to 231 total yards as the Wildcats fell 44 to 7.
Next Game: 9/15 vs. Central Connecticut State (0-2).
12. Montana (MT) Grizzlies
Head Coach: Mick Delaney
Last Week: The Griz lost 35 to 27 to Appalachian State despite running back Dan Moore's 233 total yards.
Next Game: 9/15 vs. Liberty (0-2)
13. Towson (MD) Tigers
Head Coach: Rob Ambrose
Last Week: Bye
Next Game: 9/15 vs. William & Mary (0-2)
14. Indiana State (IN) Sycamores
Head Coach: Trent Miles
Last Week: Indiana State ran for 237 yards in 44-0 win over outmanned Quincy.
Next Game: 9/15 vs. Drake (1-1)
15. Northern Iowa (IA) Panthers
Head Coach: Mark Farley
Last Week: Signal caller Sawyer Kollmorgen remains hot as he completed 11 of 18 passes for 229 yards and three scores in 59 to 0 win over Central State.
Next Game: 9/15 @ Iowa (1-1)
16. Illinois State (IL) Redbirds
Head Coach: Brock Spack
Last Week: Senior running back Darrelyn Dunn ran for 129 yards and two scores in 31 to 14 win over FBS Eastern Michigan.
Next Game: 9/15 vs. Eastern Illinois (1-1)
17. Wofford (SC) Terriers
Head Coach: Mike Ayers
Last Week: The Terriers outgained Lincoln (MO) 6-2 yards to 179 yards in 82 to 0 victory.
Next Game: 9/15 vs. Western Carolina (1-1)
18. Eastern Washington (WA) Eagles
Head Coach: Beau Baldwin
Last Week: The Eagles came close to beating Washington State falling 24 to 20 despite outgaining the Cougars 469 yards to 355 yards. Junior receiver Brandon Kaufman had five catches for 142 yards and two scores.
Next Game: 9/22 @ Weber State (0-2)
19. Central Arkansas (AR) Bears
Head Coach: Clint Conque
Last Week: Wynrick Smothers remains hot completing 31 of 41 passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns in 42 to 20 win over Murray State.
Next Game: 9/15 vs. Bacone College (2-1)
20. Stephen F. Austin (TX) Lumberjacks
Head Coach: JC Harper
Last Week: Ten turnovers made for a horrible experience versus SMU as the Lumberjacks were shutout 52 to 0.
Next Game: 9/15 @ Montana State (2-0)
21. Jacksonville State (AL) Gamecocks
Head Coach: Jack Crowe
Last Week: DaMarcus James touched the ball 17 times for 150 yards and two scores in 27 to 24 win over Chattanooga.
Next Game: 9/22 @ Eastern Kentucky (1-1)
22. Lehigh (PA) Mountain Hawks
Head Coach: Andy Coen
Last Week: The Mountain Hawks recovered three fumbles and held CCSU three of 14 on third downs in 35 to 14 win.
Next Game: 9/15 vs. Princeton (0-0)
23. North Dakota (ND)
Head Coach: Chris Mussman
Last Week: Marcus Hendrickson completed 16 of 25 passes for 294 yards and six touchdowns in 45 to 37 win over Portland State.
Next Game: 9/15 @ San Diego State (1-1)
24. Maine (ME) Black Bears
Head Coach: Jack Cosgrove
Last Week: The Black Bears turned the ball over three times and only gained 193 total yards in 34 to 3 loss to Boston College.
Next Game: 9/15 @ Bryant (0-2)
25. Tennessee Tech (TN) Golden Eagles
Head Coach: Watson Brown
Last Week: Senior Tre Lamb completed 18 of 26 passes for 274 yards and three scores in 42 to 14 win over North Greenville.
Next Week: 9/15 vs. Oregon (2-0)