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. 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 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.
The Oklahoma Sooners moved into the #7 spot with a straight out 35 point whipping of the Florida Gators to finish up their season. Wisconsin’s Badgers also moved into the top 20 with a 14 point win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.