2012 NUC FCS POLL Week 8
The top three teams in the NUC FCS poll lost this past week. As a matter of fact five of the top ten fell. So in an unprecedented move North Dakota State and Montana State maintain the top two spots despite falling at home. Of the five teams that did not lose that were in the top ten only Georgia Southern had an impressive win beating Wofford 17 to 9. The Eagles jumped from #8 to #5 in the country. Making the biggest move upwards were the Eagles of Eastern Washington jumping from #11 to 4 in the country.
They now control the keys to winning the Big Sky.
Only one team fell out of the NUC FCS Top25 and that was Samford by virtue of losing at home to Appalachian State 28 to 25. Replacing them in the Top25 is Villanova fresh off their huge win over Old Dominion 38 to 14. Four schools in the NUC FCS Top25 remain undefeated #12 Lehigh (7-0), #19 Tennessee State (7-0), #21 Cal Poly (6-0), and #24 Harvard (4-0). Really the only thing keeping these schools back are their strength of schedule.
There are two huge matchups this coming week that should affect the NUC FCS Poll. #11 Old Dominion (5-1) goes on the road to take on #20 Towson (3-3) in a huge CAA showdown. The Terriers of #15 Wofford (5-1) go north to take on #8 Appalachian State (5-2) in the Big South.
This week's NUC FCS Player of the Week goes to Johnny Towalid of Indiana State. This defensive back was in on six tackles, and one PBU, but more importantly he returned two interceptions for scores in 17 to 14 upset win over North Dakota State. It was the first win for the Sycamores over a #1 ranked opponent in school history.
1. North Dakota State (ND) Bison
Head Coach: Craig Bohl
Last Week: Being minus three in the turnover ratio ended in the Bison losing 17 to 14 to Indiana State.
Next Game: 10/20 @ South Dakota (1-5)
2. Montana State (MT) Bobcats
Head Coach: Rob Ash
Last Week: Despite only allowing 211 total yards to Eastern Washington the Bobcats found themselves on the wrong side of a 27 to 24 score.
Next Game: 10/20 vs. North Dakota (3-4)
3. James Madison (VA) Dukes
Head Coach: Mickey Matthews
Last Week: Signal caller Justin Thorpe completed 14 of 20 passes for 157 yards and one score while also rushing for 106 yards in 27 to 26 double OT win over William & Mary.
Next Game: 10/20 @ Richmond (4-3)
4. Eastern Washington (WA) Eagles
Head Coach: Beau Baldwin
Last Week: Jimmy Pavel proved to be the key component in 27 to 24 upset win over Montana State. He kicked field goals of 39 and 40 yards while making all three extra points.
Next Game: 10/20 vs. Sacramento State (5-2)
5. Georgia Southern (GA) Eagles
Head Coach: Jeff Monken
Last Week: The Eagles were led by Dominque Swope who ran for 137 yards and two scores in 17 to 9 win over Wofford.
Next Game: 10/20 @ Furman (2-5)
6. Stony Brook (NY) Seawolves
Head Coach: Chuck Priore
Last Week: Miguel Maysonet had a monster game carrying the ball 26 times for 233 yards and two scores in 27 to 21 win over Coastal Carolina.
Next Game: 10/20 vs. Gardner Webb (1-5)
7. Sam Houston State (TX) Bearkats
Head Coach: Willie Fritz
Last Week: Running back Tim Flanders scored three times in 41 to 0 win over Nicholls State.
Next Game: 10/20 vs. McNeese State (4-2)
8. Appalachian State (NC) Mountaineers
Head Coach: Jerry Moore
Last Week: Steven Miller ran for 88 yards and caught six passes for 98 yards and a score in 28 to 25 win over Samford.
Next Game: 10/20 vs. Wofford (5-1)
9. New Hampshire (NH) Wildcats
Head Coach: Sean McDonnell
Last Week: Andy Vailas completed 15 of 26 passes for 188 yards and three scores while also rushing for 83 yards and a score in 44 to 40 win over Richmond.
Next Game: 10/20 @ Maine (2-4)
10. Illinois State (IL) Redbirds
Head Coach: Brock Spack
Last Week: The Redbirds bounced back with a big come from behind win over Youngstown State 35 to 28. Signal caller Matt Brown threw for three scores and ran for another in win.
Next Game: 10/20 vs. Missouri State (1-6)
11. Old Dominion (VA) Monarchs
Head Coach: Bobby Wilder
Last Week: The Monarchs allowed 527 yards of offense against Villanova and fell 38 to 14.
Next Game: 10/20 @ Towson (3-3)
12. Lehigh (PA) Mountain Hawks
Head Coach: Andy Coen
Last Week: Zach Barket ran for 123 yards and one score in 17 to 14 victory over Georgetown.
Next Game: 10/20 vs. Bucknell (1-5)
13. Albany (NY) Great Danes
Head Coach: Bob Ford
Last Week: William Fiacchi completed 21 of 31 passes for 255 yards in 36 to 13 win over St. Francis (PA).
Next Game: 10/27 @ Sacred Heart (2-4)
14. Northern Arizona (AZ) Lumberjacks
Head Coach: Jerome Souers
Last Week: Zach Bauman ran for 176 yards and one score in 45 to 38 win over North Dakota.
Next Game: 10/20 vs. UC-Davis (3-4)
15. Wofford (SC) Terriers
Head Coach: Mike Ayers
Last Week: Eric Breitenstein ran for 103 yards in 17 to 9 loss to Georgia Southern.
Next Game: 10/20 @ Appalachian State (5-2)
16. Indiana State (IN) Sycamores
Head Coach: Trent Miles
Last Week: The Sycamores pulled the upset of the century beating North Dakota State 17 to 14. Johnny Towalid returned two interceptions for scores.
Next Game: 10/20 @ Western Illinois (3-3)
17. Central Arkansas (AR) Bears
Head Coach: Clint Conque
Last Week: Jesse Grandy had four catches for 93 yards and two scores in 27 to 26 win over McNeese State.
Next Game: 10/20 vs. Lamar (3-4)
18. Youngstown State (OH) Penguins
Head Coach: Eric Wolford
Last Week: Despite Jamaine Cook's 177 yards rushing and three scores the Penguins fell to Illinois State 35 to 28.
Next Game: 10/20 vs. Southern Illinois (4-3)
19. Tennessee State (TN) Tigers
Head Coach: Rod Reed
Last Week: Trabis Ward carried the ball 43 times for 267 yards and four scores in 40 to 28 win over SE Missouri State.
Next Game: 10/20 @ Jacksonville State (3-3)
20. Towson (MD) Tigers
Head Coach: Rob Ambrose
Last Week: Grant Enders completed 17 of 26 passes for 260 yards and one score while also rushing for 98 yards and a score in 24 to 19 win over Maine.
Next Game: 10/20 vs. Old Dominion (5-1)
21. Cal Poly (CA) Mustangs
Head Coach: Tim Walsh
Last Game: Seth Lobato completed 27 of 37 passes for 278 yards and two scores in 56b to 28 win over Northern Colorado.
Next Game: 10/20 vs. Portland State (2-4)
22. Eastern Kentucky (KY) Colonels
Head Coach: Dean Hood
Last Week: Matt Denham ran for 114 yards and two scores in 45 to 14 win over Austin Peay.
Next Game: 10/20 @ Tennessee Tech (2-4)
23. Villanova (PA) Wildcats
Head Coach: Andy Talley
Last Game: John Robertson was 10 of 18 for 151 yards and one score while also rushing for 189 yards and three scores in 38 to 14 win over Old Dominion.
Next Game: 10/20 @ Georgia State (1-6)
24. Harvard (MA) Crimson
Head Coach: Tim Murphy
Last Week: Colton Chapple accounted for 309 yards and four scores in 35 to 7 win over Bucknell.
Next Game: 10/20 @ Princeton (3-2)
25. Delaware (DE) Blue Hens
Head Coach: KC Keeler
Last Week: Bye
Next Game: 10/20 vs. Rhode Island (0-6)