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FCS Spring Football Rankings: NDSU Suffers First Loss Since 2017

Every Monday we will be releasing our updated FCS Spring Football Rankings, with some of the major story-lines of the weekend. This past weekend we saw a North Dakota State loss for the first time since 2017, so there will be a new number one for the first time since James Madison almost went the entire 2017 season as the number one team in the FCS. The North Dakota State loss compiled with some impressive performances from Southern Illinois and Weber State means the FCS field is more open this year than it has been for the past five years.

FCS Spring Football Rankings

  1. North Dakota (2-0, 2-0)
  2. Weber State (1-0, 1-0)
  3. James Madison (2-0, 0-0)
  4. Nicholls State (2-0, 1-0)
  5. South Dakota State (1-1, 1-1)
  6. Villanova (0-0, 0-0)
  7. Southern Illinois (2-1, 1-1)
  8. Kennesaw State (1-0, 0-0)
  9. North Dakota State (2-1, 1-1)
  10. Northern Iowa (1-1, 1-1)
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(9) North Dakota State lost for the first time since 2017 this weekend, 38-14 ,at (7) Southern Illinois

(1) North Dakota’s defense picked off (5) South Dakota State’s quarterback Mark Gronowski twice in the Fighting Hawk’s win on Saturday.

(3) James Madison and Robert Morris were dead-locked at halftime, 16-16, before the Dukes scored 20 unanswered second-half points to get the victory, 36-16.

(4) Nicholls State pummeled Lamar, 55-0, meaning in their first two games, they have outscored their opponents 142-3.

(2) Weber State rode the back of their Walter Payton Award Favorite quarterback, Bronson Barron, who had 312 yards passing to go with four touchdowns, to a lopsided 49-21 win over Idaho State.

(8) Kennesaw State only attempted three passes in their destruction of the Shorter Hawks.

(10) Northern Iowa rolled into Stambaugh Stadium in Youngstown, Ohio and held Youngstown State 135 total yards in their 21-0 shut-out of the Penguins.

Dixie State made their Division I FCS debut a game to remember, as they knocked off (22) Tarleton State, 26-14.

FCS Spring Football Games to Watch This Week

Thursday (March 4th)

  • South Dakota at (1) North Dakota


  • Albany at New Hampshire


  • (7) Southern Illinois at Youngstown State
  • Maine at Delaware
  • (6) Villanova at Stony Brook
  • Jackson State at Grambling State
  • Samford at Furman
  • Chattanooga at The Citadel
  • (3) James Madison at Elon
  • Western Illinois at (5) South Dakota State
  • UC Davis at Idaho
  • (9) North Dakota State at Missouri State
  • Illinois State at (10) Northern Iowa
  • (4) Nicholls State at Northwestern State

Be sure to tune in later this week for FCS game times, streams, live tv, and predictions. Next Monday we will release our updated FCS Rankings.

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