The poll: Bison earn No. 1 vote

The poll: Bison earn No. 1 vote

I give in. NDSU has made its case and I agree with it.

No. 1 in the Sagarin power ratings. Beating three ranked teams in its conference. Winning at Georgia Southern when GSU was ranked and still had the appearance of having some moxy. The only loss a one-point heartbreaker to a bowl-bound I-A team (Minnesota). Beating a I-A team (Ball State) on the road that gave Michigan everything it wanted and just beat perennial MAC power Toledo on the road. Going 6-1 in a stretch where six of seven were on the road. A defense that for most of the season led the country in least rushing yards allowed. Winning at Stephen F. Austin, a team that went 4-2 in the Southland (albeit weak this year) and came close to winning that league’s auto bid.

Here is my ballot for this week’s poll:

1. North Dakota State
2. Appalachian State
3. Montana
4. Massachusetts
5. Youngstown State
6. James Madison
7. New Hampshire
8. Furman
9. Southern Illinois
10. Illinois State
11. Tennessee-Martin
12. Eastern Illinois
13. Montana State
14. Cal Poly
15. Northern Iowa
16. Portland State
17. Hampton
18. Coastal Carolina
19. South Dakota State
20. McNeese State
21. San Diego
22. Towson State
23. UC Davis
24. Princeton
25. Maine

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