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I don’t officially vote in any of the FCS Top 25 polls, but I do share who I think deserves to be in the Top 25, and let’s just get all the drama out of the way now – James Madison is my clear-cut No. 1.
I know, right? Shocking.
This week saw two Top 10 teams of mine last week go down – and Virginia, the games weren’t close. One might not have been too much of a surprise, as it came against a nationally-ranked team at their place. But the other stunned a lot of people, including myself, and frankly, I hate missing the call of a Patriot League team upsetting a CAA team.
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You didn’t ask for them, but here’s my pick for this week’s FCS Top 25.
I love picking games correctly involving teams 1-13 because it makes picking the Top 25 very easy – simply cut, and paste.
Most of that comes from not overrating teams like Northern Iowa, who dropped out of my top 25 after a bad loss to South Dakota, and properly rating Villanova, who keeps winning and has been a regular in my Top 10 for several weeks now.
One of the teams I had been considering for the Top 25 is Dartmouth, but after a stunning 21-13 loss to Yale, I’ve had to re-evaluate that assessment.
Many a transitive property that puts Lehigh in the playoffs or maybe even the FBS National Championship game could start with “Lehigh beat Yale, and Yale beat Dartmouth, and Dartmouth beat New Hampshire…”
If you’d like, you can check out my FCS Top 25 vote below.
It was a crazy week no matter how you look at it, with four Top Ten teams falling from the ranks.
But none was more shocking than 3-5 Mercer upsetting 6-2 Chattanooga, 17-14.
The Bears, who only resumed football three years ago, have only offered football scholarships over the last two years, which makes the upset just that much more stunning of a team that was considered the prohibitive favorite from the SoCon this season.
Mercer’s three wins came against non-scholarship Stetson, under-scholarshipped Austin Peay, and winless East Tennessee State, themselves in their first season resuming football.
The Bears’ first win against a fully-funded school symbolized the craziness of last weekend’s scores.