FCS Top 25 Shift: Chattanooga Rises, Samford & Mercer Fall, Big Sky's 7 Teams Strong

Chattanooga boosts SoCon's presence; Samford & Mercer drop, while Eastern Washington enters, expanding Big Sky's Top 25 count to 7.

Chattanooga RB Ailym Ford runs over Samford defender during their 47-24 victory
Source: Chattanooga Athletics - Laura O'Dell

This week's FCS Top 25 rankings have seen some interesting shifts that have kept fans engaged. The top tier of the rankings stays consistent, with South Dakota State, North Dakota State, and Montana State holding strong at first, second, and third places, respectively. But it's the changes below that top trio that have drawn attention and sparked discussions among fans.

One notable shift comes from the Idaho Vandals, who have surged from their previous eighth-place position to claim the fourth spot. The Vandals' recent victory over Sacramento State, with a final score of 36-27, played a significant role in their rise.

Sacramento State has seen a slight dip in their rankings, slipping to seventh in our ranking. This follows their hard-fought match against Idaho, where they fell short with a final score of 27-36.

One of the most notable events this week is Weber State's fall in the rankings to the sixteenth position. This drop came after being shutout by Montana State 40-0.

This week also saw the departure of Samford and Mercer from the Top 25, making way for Chattanooga, which secured the twenty-fifth spot.

Redshirt Sports FCS Top 25 Poll (September 25th)

1. South Dakota State

2. North Dakota State

3. Montana State

4. Idaho

5. Holy Cross

6. Furman

7. Sacramento State

T8. Incarnate Word

T8. William & Mary

10. Southern Illinois

11. North Dakota

12. Delaware

13. Villanova

14. Western Carolina

15. North Carolina Central

16. Weber State

17. Montana

18. New Hampshire

19. Florida A&M

20. Youngstown State

21. UT Martin

22. Eastern Washington

23. UC Davis

24. Central Arkansas

25. Chattanooga

Others Receiving Votes: Austin Peay, Campbell, Eastern Kentucky, Harvard, Rhode Island, Cornell, Eastern Illinois, Fordham.