The No. 1 Bison face No. 3 Youngstown State in NDSU's homecoming game, looking to avenge last year's lone loss.
North Dakota State was a unanimous No. 1 selection in the latest FCS Coaches Poll released Monday, maintaining the top spot in the poll for the fifth straight week.
The top seven teams remained unchanged in this week's poll. North Dakota State (No. 1), Montana State (No. 2), Old Dominion (No. 4), Wofford (No. 5), and Eastern Washington (No. 7) went a combined 5-0 over the weekend, while Youngstown State (No. 3) and James Madison (No. 6) held their spots after being idle last weekend.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference has four teams ranked in the poll, with Illinois State at No. 11 and Northern Iowa at No. 25 in addition to NDSU and Youngstown State.
Previously unranked Northern Arizona and Tennessee State both entered this week's FCS Coaches Poll after winning this weekend. Northern Arizona makes its first appearance in the Top 25 at No. 21, while Tennessee State enters at No. 24.
Georgia Southern moved up one spot to No. 8 after defeating conference foe and then-No. 25 Samford 35-16. Sam Houston State (No. 9) and Lehigh (No. 10) each moved up one spot to round out the Top 10.
Stony Brook and New Hampshire each made the largest jumps in the polls this week, moving up five spots to No. 13 and No. 17, respectively. Stony Brook defeated FBS-opponent Army, 23-3, while New Hampshire defeated then-No. 8 Delaware, 34-14.
Nine conferences are represented in the poll. The Colonial Athletic Association has the most teams in the top-25 with five. The Big Sky, Missouri Valley, and Southern Conference are each represented by four teams, while three Southland teams make an appearance in this week's poll. The Ohio Valley conference is represented by two teams, and the Big South, Ivy League, and Patriot League each have one team in the top-25.
(Bison WR Cooper Wahlo, Jr. scores against Praire View A&M at the Fargodome on Sept. 22. Photo Credit: Robert Swansen)