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Bison flex muscle as No. 1

10/12/2012

Defending FCS champion North Dakota State sent a message across the nation Saturday that it won’t be easy taking the title from the Bison.

The number one ranked team in the country pounded Youngstown State 48-7, and this isn’t just a surprise since YSU was undefeated, the Penguins were ranked third at the time, and still got steamrolled.

The second ranked Bobcats of Montana State, however, didn’t have such a smooth victory in fact, they rallied in the fourth quarter for a 48-41 win over UC Davis(2-4). The road doesn’t get any easier as this week the Bobcats host the sixth ranked Eagles of Eastern Washington.

Third ranked Old Dominion was off last week, allowing QB Taylor Heinicke to rest his arm that has already passed for over 2,200 yards and 21 TDs.

Further down in the polls comes the biggest change of all and it comes from the Ohio Valley Conference.

The Tennessee State Tigers (6-0) jumped from unranked to 18th after their come from behind fourth quarter win over Eastern Kentucky. The loss for the Colonels sets them back even with JSU in the OVC standings.

The Tigers play Southeast Missouri State, who’s coming off a bye and will be giving their all to be the first to knock TSU off.

The Gamecocks go to EIU where they will try to slow down Panthers’ QB Jimmy Garappolo, who stumbled last week against UT- Martin, throwing just two touchdowns and two interceptions.

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