It’s Monday so you know what that means! We take a look at the meaningless Top-25. This week may be extra meaningless since many of these rankings make no sense.
For example, App State beat Montana, but since Montana beat a winless Liberty team and we lost to a ranked Citadel team I guess that means they are better than us now. So they are 3 spots higher than us.
Georgia Southern and Appalachian State both have only 1 win. Theirs is over Jacksonville (who cares) and ours is over a ranked Montana team. Sure they didn’t get beat AS bad by The Citadel. But does that mean they are the 11th best team in the country? 6 spots better than us? Hell Samford is undefeated and can’t even get a #25 nod.
James Madison gets the #6 spot despite getting their only wins against a D-II and a SWAC school. Yet McNeese State is undefeated with a win over traditional Sun Belt power MTSU and they’re #19, 2 spots below us. Craziness.
Obviously, it’s still way to early to know who the 25 best teams in the country are, much less what order. But for what it’s worth here’s the poll:
Team (First-place votes)
1. North Dakota State Bison (140)
2. Montana State Bobcats (9)
3. Sam Houston State Bearkats (8)
4. Youngstown State Penguins (7)
5. Old Dominion Monarchs
6. James Madison Dukes
7. Wofford Terriers (1)
8. Northern Iowa Panthers
9. Eastern Washington Eagles
10. The Citadel Bulldogs
11. Georgia Southern Eagles
12. Delaware Blue Hens
13. Towson Tigers
14. Montana Grizzlies
15. Illinois State Redbirds
16. Lehigh Mountain Hawks
17. Appalachian State Mountaineers
18. New Hampshire Wildcats
19. McNeese State Cowboys
20. Stony Brook Seawolves
21. Eastern Kentucky Colonels
22. Indiana State Sycamores
23. Maine Black Bears
24. Jacksonville State Gamecocks
25. Central Arkansas Bears
Others receiving votes: Cal Poly 288, Stephen F. Austin 261, Harvard 174, Sacramento State 154, Northern Arizona 149, Samford 99, Bethune-Cookman 88, UT Martin 88, Tennessee State 84, North Dakota 76, South Dakota State 31, Albany 29, Lafayette 29, Eastern Illinois 29, Norfolk State 26, Richmond 19, Tennessee Tech 18, Alabama A&M 16, Alabama State 11, South Carolina State 10, Villanova 10, Howard 4, Florida A&M 4, Yale 3, Southern Utah 3, Jacksonville 3, Western Illinois 1, Brown 1, Chattanooga 1