Rankings: Schedule Changes Propel JMU To No. 1

April 4, 2021 by Staff

All of the recent schedule changes related to cancellations and postponements have led to James Madison over-taking North Dakota State in the latest Congrove Computer Rankings, released early Sunday morning on the east coast. Though neither team played on Saturday, James Madison's schedule and results now outweigh NDSU's. The Dukes were unable to overtake the Bison earlier in the season after their loss at Southern Illinois.

The only other move in the top 9 was another wacky one as Portland State, which has yet to play a game and will only play one all spring, traded places with idle South Dakota State for 7th and 8th.

Sam Houston State stayed put at No. 9 with its win over Northwestern State, but idle Delaware jumped from 12th to 10th because No. 11 San Diego lost and fell to 18th, and No. 11 Richmond lost points in the scheduling after its second game with James Madison was canceled, just like the first one.

Five teams fell from the Top 25. VMI dropped from 18th to 26th after the home loss to ETSU ended the Keydets' shot at a perfect spring season; Nicholls fell from 17th to 28th after losing to McNeese State; Maine slid from 20th to 35th following a 44-17 crushing at the hands of Villanova; Robert Morris plunged from 21st to 46th after getting skunked 35-0 at Kennesaw State, and Murray State descended from 23rd to 30th after the 34-31 loss at Austin Peay.

Moving into the Top 25 are Duquesne at No. 17, Davidson at No. 21, Southern at No. 23, Austin Peay at No. 24 and Bucknell at No. 25.

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