FCS Recap, Computer Rankings: 24 of the Top 25 Spots Have a Change

November 19, 2023 by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff

There is a ton of movement in the FCS Congrove Computer Rankings, as No. 1 South Dakota State is the only team that's still ranked where it was a week ago.

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The rankings were released on Sunday morning, following a weekend of action that secured all 10 automatic qualifier berths for the FCS Playoffs and will help set up the selection of the 14 at-large bids.

Montana is the new No. 2, behind South Dakota State, as the Griz replace Montana State after handing the Bobcats a 37-7 whipping in the "Brawl of the Wild". The rivalry also served as de facto championship game and earned Montana the AQ bid for the Big Sky. Montana State only slipped two spots to 4th, with Villanova squeezing into 3rd-place after snagging the AQ bid for the Coastal Athletic Association (CAA).

Furman slips 1 spot to 5 after being upset 19-13 at Wofford. The Paladins were the first to secure an AQ bid.

Austin Peay gets the ASUN/WAC (UAC) bid by edging Central Arkansas 14-12 in another de facto title game. The Governors rise from 7th to 6th in the rankings.

North Dakota State bumps up from 8th to 7th after a 48-27 win over Northern Iowa.

South Dakota moves from 10th to 8th after closing out the regular season with a 48-6 romp at lowly Western Illinois.

Florida A&M stays at No. 9. The Rattlers were 24-7 winners in Orlando over Bethune-Cookman.

Incarnate Word jumps from 13th to 10th and hopes to receive an at-large bid. The Cardinals were 45-24 winners at Houston Christian.

Idaho should be another Big Sky at-large bid recipient. The Vandals closed out an 8-3 campaign with a 63-21 blowout of Idaho State in the Kibbie Dome.

See all the AQ bids and predicted at-large bids.

Top 25 Breakdown By Conference

2. Montana State
4. Montana
11. Idaho

18. UT-Martin

3. Villanova
12. Delaware
14. Albany
16. Richmond

19. Harvard

13. North Carolina Central

1. South Dakota State
7. North Dakota State
8. South Dakota
21. Youngstown State
23. North Dakota
24. Southern Illinois

20. Lafayette

SoCon (Southern Conference)
5. Furman
17. Mercer
25. Chattanooga

10. Incarnate Word

9. Florida A&M

6. Austin Peay
15. Tarleton State
22. Central Arkansas


This season has 117 of the 133 FBS schools facing one FCS opponent, and Army playing two such games for a total of 118 FBS-FCS matchups.

Of the 16 FBS schools that do NOT play a FCS program, 7 are in the B1G (Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, Wisconsin). 6 more are evenly split between the Big 12 (Houston, Oklahoma, Texas) and Pac-12 (Colorado, USC, Washington). The other three are Liberty (CUSA) , UTSA (American), and Virginia Tech (ACC).

All four of the remaining scheduled FBC-FCS games took place this week with FBS teams taking all of them in blowouts. Abilene Christian lost 38-10 at Texas A&M, Chattanooga was drubbed 66-10 at Alabama, North Alabama was a 58-13 victim at Florida State, and Sacred Heart lost 31-3 at UConn.

The FBS programs were 114-4 this year against the FCS schools. Over-all, the FBS is a collective 1,800-152 (.922) since we began tracking this in 2003.

Here are the FCS wins in 2023, so far:
September 9: Idaho 33, Nevada 6
September 9: Southern Illinois 14, Northern Illinois 12
September 9: Fordham 40, Buffalo 37
September 16: Sacramento State 30, Stanford 23

Streaks - Current FCS Longest

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE - Won 25 straight over-all, 18 straight conference games, 8 straight road games.
Last: 35-17 home win vs. Missouri State in regular season finale on Saturday, November 18.
Next: FCS Playoffs

MONTANA STATE - Won 26 straight home games.
Last: 37-7 loss at Montana in regular season finale on Saturday, November 18.
Next: FCS playoffs

WESTERN ILLINOIS - Lost 24 straight over-all, 18 straight conference games, and 11 straight home games.
Last: 48-6 home loss vs. South Dakota in season finale on Saturday, November 18.
Next: 2024 season opener

CAL POLY - Lost 16 straight true road games.
Last: 48-21 home loss to Weber State in season finale on Saturday, November 18.
Next: 2024 season opener