Editor’s Note: It is fully expected that the North Dakota St. Bison may actually beat most of these teams and win another FCS National Title. Their loss to Southern Illinois may have created a statistical anomaly from which they will demonstrate was just that when playoff season begins. Their performance this weekend against the Jackrabbits of South Dakota St. may give a true indication of where ND State’s season will end up. ***Full disclosure must be given as the wife of the editor grew up on the campus of SDSU.***
Sam Houston St. remains atop the Roby Ratings for FCS schools with a Roby Rating of 26.78, which gives the Bearkats a #32 overall ranking in the Division I world of college football. James Madison is still unbeaten and has a 5.71 Roby Rating which places the Dukes with an overall ranking of #63.
Sam Houston St. was idle this weekend, and remained as the top-rated FCS school at an overall ranking of #32. Delaware moved into the second highest position behind the Bearkats with a 35-21 victory over Rhode Island and now holds the #48 slot.
The Bethel Wildcats captured their third straight win of the season, as they beat then 17th ranked University of the Cumberlands 38-14 Friday night at Wildcat Stadium. Bethel moved to 3-0 overall and 3-0 in the MSC. The Patriots dropped to 1-3 on the season. The Wildcats are currently unranked in the NAIA coach’s poll, although that may be likely to change soon.
The Wildcats employed a balanced attack on Friday, as they tallied 207 yards rushing and 285 via aerial assault. According to head coach Mike Jasper, his offensive line played well and his defensive unit was flying to the ball. If this continues, the Wildcats may very well find themselves playing for an NAIA national championship.
The Wildcats hit the road again next Friday, as they travel to face the 19th ranked Georgetown Tigers (KY) at 2:30 p.m.
The Fighting Hawks of North Dakota and Salukis of Southern Illinois are making noise in the FCS ranks as they respectively felled the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State and the FCS dynasty team, the North Dakota St. Bison this past weekend. (Now both the Bison and Salukis don’t qualify for the top numerical listings but can be found on the RR spreadsheet.)
College football returned on 2/13 as McNeese St. defeated Tarleton State 40-37 in a two overtime affair.
On 2/19 , Nicholls ran the score up on Lincoln (MO) (NCAA Div. II) 87-3, and South Dakota St. defeated Northern Iowa 24-20.
On 2/20, James Madison routed Morehead State 52-0, Wofford handled Mercer 31-14, ETSU squeaked by Samford with a 24-17 ledger, North Dakota bombed Southern Illinois 44-21, Elon eaked out a win over Davidson by a field goal in a close 26-23 battle, and Furman massacred Western Carolina 35-7.
On 2/21 Jackson St. routed Edward Waters (NAIA) 53-0. Tennessee Tech squeaked by Austin Peay 27-21. North Dakota St. pounded Youngstown St. 25-7, while Tarleton St. notched a win against FBS opponent New Mexico St. in a lop-sided 43-17 affair.