CSU climbs to No. 19 in FCS Coaches’ Poll; Sets up showdown with No. 1 Coastal on Saturday

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Charleston Southern climbed one spot to No. 19 in this week’s FCS Coaches’ Poll, setting up a showdown with top-ranked Coastal Carolina on Saturday night. The Buccaneers host CCU at 7 p.m. on Halloween night at Buccaneer Field. The game will be televised by ASN and available locally on MyTV Charleston.

CSU (6-1, 3-0 Big South) improved to 6-1 on the weekend, rolling past Gardner-Webb, 34-0. The Bucs have not allowed more than one offensive touchdown in each of their last five games and nothced their first shutout of the season on Saturday. Quarterback Austin Brown tossed a career high three TD passes in the win.

CSU is ranked for the third consecutive week and is 3-0 in the Big South for only the third time in school history.

Coastal Carolina will be the first top-ranked FCS team to visit Buccaneer Field and will be the first time CSU has faced a team ranked No. 1 in the FCS. The Bucs have played a top-ranked team before, squaring off against Tim Tebow and the No. 1 Florida Gators to open the 2009 season.

Another week saw more reshuffling near the top of the FCS Coaches Poll. On Saturday, it was a result of Richmond’s 59-49 shootout win over James Madison, which launched the Spiders into the top 10 and dropped JMU six spots from No. 3 to No. 9.

The top two spots in the poll remain unchanged. Coastal Carolina improved to a perfect 7-0 with a 23-20 victory over Monmouth on Saturday to remain at the top of the poll, marking its eighth straight week in the No. 1 spot. The Chanticleers collected 632 points and 15 first-place votes from the coaches. Jacksonville State remains at No. 2 with eight first-place votes, having narrowed the gap to Coastal Carolina to a mere three points. The Gamecocks moved to 6-1 on Saturday with a 27-7 defeat of Austin Peay.

Illinois State slid up one spot to No. 3 and claimed three first-place votes from the coaches following a 48-28 rout of Western Illinois. Chattanooga sits a No. 4 with 559 points after beating Southern Conference foe Wofford 20-17 on a last-second field goal by kicker Henrique Ribeiro. The Mocs are now 6-1 on the season. Eastern Washington rounds out the top five with 513 points, having edged Northern Colorado on Saturday, 43-41.

North Dakota State improved two spots to sixth, while McNeese State, an unblemished 7-0 this season, moved into the No. 7 slot.

Richmond, now 6-1, collected 454 points from the coaches to earn the No. 8 spot. The Spiders got a big performance from senior running back Jacobi Green, who recorded 236 yards and five rushing scores on 27 carries against JMU.

Sam Houston State (416 points) is ranked 10th, putting them right on the heels of ninth-ranked James Madison (417).

The rest of the poll stayed relatively stable, with South Dakota State and Youngstown State being the two exceptions. SDSU fell seven spots – from No. 6 to No. 13 – following a narrow 10-7 loss to Northern Iowa. The Penguins dropped from 17th to 24th after falling to Southern Illinois in overtime, 38-31.

Dartmouth (6-0) and Southern Utah (5-2) both vaulted in the top 25 with wins, while Western Illinois and Villanova dropped out of the rankings.

The Missouri Valley Conference leads the way with six teams making an appearance in the poll, while the Big Sky Conference and Colonial Athletic Association follow closely behind with five and three representatives, respectively.

The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.

FCS Coaches’ Poll

Week 8 – October 26, 2015

Team (No. 1 Votes)

Record

Points

Previous

1. Coastal Carolina (15)

7-0

632

1

2. Jackonsville State (8)

6-1

629

2

3. Illinois State

6-1

605

4

4. Chattanooga

6-1

559

5

5. Eastern Washington

5-2

513

7

6. North Dakota State

5-2

498

8

7. McNeese State

7-0

491

9

8. Richmond

6-1

453

12

9. James Madison

7-1

417

3

10. Sam Houston State

5-2

416

10

11. Fordham

7-1

385

11

12. Portland State

6-1

370

13

13. South Dakota State

5-2

342

6

14. Eastern Kentucky

5-2

328

14

15. William & Mary

5-2

277

16

16. Harvard

6-0

259

15

17. Montana

4-3

216

18

18. Montana State

4-3

208

19

19. Charleston Southern

6-1

172

20

20. North Carolina A&T

6-1

142

24

21. Northern Iowa

3-4

112

25

22. Dartmouth

6-0

57

NR

23. Indiana State

4-3

55

21

24. Southern Utah

5-2

51

NR

— Youngstown State

3-4

51

17

Dropped from the rankings: Western Illinois, Villanova

Others receiving votes: The Citadel 50, Western Illinois 46, Grambling State 29, Southeastern Louisiana 18, Bethune-Cookman 14, Towson 11, Villanova 9, South Dakota 8, Eastern Illinois 7, Liberty 7, New Hampshire 4, Delaware 3, Alcorn State 3, Central Arkansas 2, UT Martin 1

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