Four games on Sunday put the wraps on a 3-day schedule of 12 games in the second week of the Spring FCS football season. North Dakota State and James Madison each won convincingly and remain in 1st and 2nd, respectively. But Northern Iowa's loss dropped the Panthers from 3rd to 9th and allowed a host of teams to move up.
Illinois State, Monmouth, South Dakota State and Kennesaw State each moved up one notch to fill the No. 3 through 6 spots. Of those 4 teams, only South Dakota State has played and that's the team that knocked off Northern Iowa.
Southern Illinois, a big upset loser to North Dakota, plummeted from 9th to 29th.
Villanova jumped from 10th 7th, while Albany rose from 12th to 8th and Robert Morris ascended from 14th to 10th. All three of those schools have yet to begin their season.
Since last week's rankings were issued, four more teams have opted out of the Spring FCS season - Alcorn State, Morgan State, Norfolk State, and North Carolina A&T. Therefore the number of teams ranked have decreased from 97 to 93. The four schools that dropped out also affected the strength of schedule of their opponents and some schools that still plan to play saw significant difference in their positioning. South Carolina State, for example, fell from 13th to 53rd as the Bulldogs now only have a home-and-home series with Delaware State on the schedule.