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Poll position

Our picks for this week’s FCS top 25 media poll. Phil and me are starting to think more a like, although I think he put New Hampshire too low (he’s a rookie at this, give him some slack). I’m sure I geeked on a few teams, too. I put the Coyotes at No. 25; I just think they’re better than the likes of Harvard or Villanova. My wish for the future: that the Harvards and Libertys of the world would start playing top 25 teams so we can get some kind of a gauge. Until they do, I just can’t vote for them.

PHIL HANSEN

1 Appalachian St

2 Massachusetts

3 ND State

4 Montana

5 Richmond

6 Delaware

7 James Madison

8 Northern Iowa

9 Eastern Washington

10 McNeese St

11 Wofford

12 Cal Poly

13 Southern Illinois

14 South Dakota State

15 Western Illinois

16 Georgia Southern

17 Elon

18 Youngstown

19 New Hampshire

20 Eastern Illinois

21 Furman

22 Central Arkansas

23 Villanova

24 Liberty

25 Harvard
 

JEFF

1. Appalachian State
2. North Dakota State
3. Massachusetts
4. New Hampshire
5. Montana
6. Northern Iowa
7. Delaware
8. South Dakota State
9. McNeese State
10. Richmond
11. Southern Illinois
12. Western Illinois
13. Cal Poly
14. James Madison
15. Eastern Washington
16. Central Arkansas
17. Georgia Southern
18. Elon
19. Wofford
20. Sacramento State
21. Northern Arizona
22. Sam Houston State
23. Citadel
24. Eastern Kentucky
25. South Dakota

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Poll position

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Spent more than the usual amount of time trying to sort my vote for the No. 1 spot. NDSU made a convincing case with its monster win over No. 9 Cal Poly. Comparing NDSU to Appalachian is tough. Appalachian has a better power rating but Bison fared better between the one common opponent — Georgia Southern — and NDSU played its major I-A opponent tougher (10-9 loss to Minnesota vs. 21-10 loss to North Carolina State). Then again, Cal Poly and Mississippi Valley are NDSU’s only opponents that currently have a winning record.
In the end, it wasn’t enough in my mind to knock the defending champion off its perch. That being said, a Bison win over another ranked team, South Dakota State, this Saturday could sway the scale. 
Here is my ballot for this week’s poll, which will be released Monday afternoon:
1. Appalachian State
2. North Dakota State
3. Montana
4. Massachusetts
5. Youngstown State
6. Illinois State
7. Furman
8. James Madison
9. New Hampshire
10. Southern Illinois
11. Montana State
12. South Dakota State
13. Tennessee-Martin
14. Coastal Carolina
15. Hampton
16. Eastern Illinois
17. Portland State
18. Northern Iowa
19. Cal Poly
20. San Diego
21. Maine
22. Princeton
23. Towson State
24. Delaware State
25. Alabama A&M

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Poll position
Now that I’m a voter in The Sports Network I-AA top 25 poll this year —I thought, what’s the secret and why not post my vote every week?
1. New Hampshire
2. Appalachian State
3. Montana
4. Furman
5. Southern Illinois
6. Richmond
7. Youngstown State
8. North Dakota State
9. Cal Poly
10. Massachusetts
11. Portland State
12. Illinois State
13. McNeese State
14. Northern Iowa
15. James Madison
16. Delaware
17. Hampton
18. UC Davis
19. Eastern Illinois
20. Towson State
21. Harvard
22. Western Illinois
23. Northern Arizona
24. Albany
25. Western Carolina
 

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