2012 NUC FCS POLL
Five teams in the NUC FCS Top25 fell this past weekend but only two teams dropped out of the rankings. Harvard blew a big lead giving up 29 fourth quarter points to Princeton in 39 to 34 loss. Though the Towson Tigers have had one of the toughest schedules in FCS they have been unable to come up with a signature win. Towson fell this past week to #8 ranked Old Dominion.
Replacing those two teams in the new NUC FCS Top25 are Tennessee-Martin and Richmond. The Skyhawks continue to win this week beating Southeastern Missouri State 27 to 17. The Spiders had a huge win over heated rival James Madison 35 to 29. Those victories put them #24 and #25 respectively in the new poll.
There is a huge Colonial Athletic Association matchup this week. The #8 ranked Monarchs of Old Dominion host the #22 ranked Blue Hens of Delaware. A loss by Delaware would crush any hopes of making the FCS playoffs this year.
We have a repeat winner of the NUC FCS Player of the Week. NUC alum Taylor Heinicke completed 26 of 39 passes for 264 yards and one score while also rushing for 71 yards and two scores in 31 to 20 win over Towson.
1. North Dakota State (ND) Bison
Head Coach: Craig Bohl
Last Week: Return man Christian Dudzik had 158 yards on five returns in 54 to 0 win over South Dakota.
Next Game: 10/27 vs. Southern Illinois (5-3)
2. Montana State (MT) Bobcats
Head Coach: Rob Ash
Last Week: Bye
Next Game: 10/27 vs. North Dakota (4-4)
3. Eastern Washington (WA) Eagles
Head Coach: Beau Baldwin
Last Week: Greg Herd had nine catches for 109 yards and two scores in 31 to 28 win over Sacramento State.
Next Game: 10/27 @ Southern Utah (3-5)
4. Georgia Southern (GA) Eagles
Head Coach: Jeff Monken
Last Week: NUC alum Jerick McKinnon threw for 165 yards a one TD while also rushing for 65 yards and a score in 38 to 17 win over Furman.
Next Game: 10/27 @ Chattanooga (4-3)
5. Stony Brook (NY) Seawolves
Head Coach: Chuck Priore
Last Week: Miguel Maysonet continued to rip up his opponents as he rushed for 169 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries in 41 to 10 win over Gardner Webb.
Next Game: 10/27 @ Presbyterian College (2-6)
6. Sam Houston State (TX) Bearkats
Head Coach: Willie Fritz
Last Week: Richard Sincere carried the ball 12 times for 132 yards and two scores in 45 to 10 win over McNeese State.
Next Game: 10/27 @ Lamar (3-5)
7. New Hampshire (NH) Wildcats
Head Coach: Sean McDonnell
Last Week: Redshirt freshman Sean Goldrich threw for four scores in 28 to 21 win over rival Maine.
Next Game: 10/27 @ Rhode Island (0-7)
8. Old Dominion (VA) Monarchs
Head Coach: Bobby Wilder
Last Week: The Monarchs bounced back thanks to the hot hand of NUC alum Taylor Heinicke who threw for 264 yards and one score while also rushing for two scores in 31 to 20 win over Towson.
Next Game: 10/27 vs. Delaware
9. Lehigh (PA) Mountain Hawks
Head Coach: Andy Coen
Last Week: Signal Caller Mike Colvin accounted for five touchdowns in 42 to 19 win over Bucknell.
Next Game: 11/3 @ Holy Cross (1-6)
10. Wofford (SC) Terriers
Head Coach: Mike Ayers
Last Week: The Terriers ran for 393 yards in huge 38 to 28 win over Appalachian State.
Next Game: 10/27 vs. The Citadel (4-3)
11. Albany (NY) Great Danes
Head Coach: Bob Ford
Last Week: Bye
Next Game: 10/27 @ Sacred Heart (2-5)
12. Northern Arizona (AZ) Lumberjacks
Head Coach: Jerome Souers
Last Week: NUC alum Zach Bauman accounted for 173 yards and one score in 21 to 7 win over UC-Davis.
Next Game: 10/27 @ Northern Colorado (2-5)
13. James Madison (VA) Dukes
Head Coach: Mickey Matthews
Last Week: The Dukes had 11 penalties and were -2 in turnovers in 35 to 29 loss at Richmond.
Next Game: 10/27 vs. Georgia State (1-7)
14. Indiana State (IN) Sycamores
Head Coach: Trent Miles
Last Week: The Sycamore defense held the Leathernecks to just five first downs in 23 to 7 win.
Next Game: 10/27 vs. South Dakota (1-6)
15. Central Arkansas (AR) Bears
Head Coach: Clint Conque
Last Week: Gunslinger Wynrick Smothers completed 20 of 27 passes for 271 yards and two scores in 24 to 14 win over Lamar.
Next Game: 10/27 @ Southeastern Louisiana (3-4)
16. Appalachian State (NC) Mountaineers
Head Coach: Jerry Moore
Last Week: The Mountaineers surrendered 393 yards on the ground in 38 to 28 loss to Wofford.
Next Game: 10/27 @ Western Carolina (1-7)
17. Illinois State (IL) Redbirds
Head Coach: Brock Spack
Last Week: The Redbirds only gained 78 yards on 34 carries in 24 to 17 loss to Missouri State.
Next Game: 10/27 @ Northern Iowa (2-5)
18. Cal Poly (CA) Mustangs
Head Coach: Tim Walsh
Last Game: The Mustangs ran for 341 yards in 37 to 25 win over Portland State.
Next Game: 10/27 @ Sacramento State (5-3)
19. Eastern Kentucky (KY) Colonels
Head Coach: Dean Hood
Last Week: TJ Pryor completed 23 of 31 passes for 296 yards and three scores in 42 to 28 win over Tennessee Tech.
Next Game: 10/27 vs. Eastern Illinois (4-3)
20. Villanova (PA) Wildcats
Head Coach: Andy Talley
Last Game: The Wildcats ran wild with 343 yards on the ground in 49 to 24 win over defenseless Georgia State.
Next Game: 10/27 vs. Towson (3-4)
21. Tennessee State (TN) Tigers
Head Coach: Rod Reed
Last Week: Ten penalties, two INTs, and two missed field goals is not a formula for beating anyone as the Tigers fell 31 to 28 to Jacksonville State.
Next Game: 10/27 vs. Tennessee Tech (2-5)
22. Delaware (DE) Blue Hens
Head Coach: KC Keeler
Last Week: Andrew Pierce carried the ball 18 times for 141 yards and two scores in 47 to 24 win over Rhode Island.
Next Game: 10/27 @ Old Dominion (6-1)
23. Youngstown State (OH) Penguins
Head Coach: Eric Wolford
Last Week: Five turnovers doomed the Penguins 38 to 21 against Southern Illinois.
Next Game: 10/27 @ South Dakota State (5-2)
24. Tennessee-Martin (TN) Skyhawks
Head Coach: Jason Simpson
Last Week: Marquis Clemons had an interception and fumble recovery in 27 to 17 win over Southeastern Missouri State.
Next Game: 11/3 vs. Jacksonville State (4-3)
25. Richmond (VA) Spiders
Head Coach: Danny Rocco
Last Week: Michael Strauss completed 27 of 43 passes for 271 yards and four scores in 35 to 29 win over James Madison.
Next Game: 11/3 vs. Rhode Island (0-7)