Last weekend was one that no one who followed FCS football would have seen coming, as four of the top five teams all lost.
Top ranked and defending champion North Dakota State fell, snapping a 10 game winning streak, a 17-14 loss to Indiana State. NDSU QB Brock Jenson tossed two pick-six interceptions on his home field in the FargoDome, one of the biggest home field advantage stadiums in the FCS.
The Bison dropped too as the Sycamores of Indiana State jumped into the top 25 at 21.
Previously second ranked Montana State also lost at home, but this time to a more reasonable opponent in then sixth ranked Eastern Washington.
Montana State only slid down to fifth as the 2010 FCS champion Eagles of Eastern Washington jumped to the top spot.
Third ranked Old Dominion behind explosive QB Taylor Heinicke jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on Villanova at home, however, the Wildcats scored the next 38 points to take a decisive 38-14 win.
Wofford was ranked fifth, but like the top three teams, the Terriors lost at home for their first loss of the season to Georgia Southern.
The only top five team to win was James Madison and that nearly didn’t happen as the Dukes needed two overtimes and eventually stopped a two-point conversion attempt to beat a two-win William & Mary team.
The unimpressive win allowed JMU to be jumped in the poll, but the Dukes still sit at second.
With all the madness, the new top 25 looks very different and the end result is that only four FCS schools remain unbeaten.
Lehigh is 7-0, Cal Poly is 6-0, Tennessee State, who the Gamecocks will soon be introduced to, are 7-0, the Harvard Crimson are 5-0. The funny thing about Harvard is being in the Ivy League they start two weeks later, thus only five games, and the Ivy League presidents don’t allow their team to participate in the playoffs because of interference with academics. Usually, Ivy League teams don’t qualify for the playoffs anyway, but with Harvard out to a 5-0 start, obviously a good team and not a tough schedule ahead, it would seem appropriate to believe Harvard would be eligible for the playoffs this season and may even go undefeated.
Could you imagine if the Crimson were the last undefeated team and yet they weren’t one of the 20 teams to go to the playoffs all because the Ivy League presidents don’t want an extra two weeks of practive to take up study time for their players?