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    [2022] Week 0 FCS Power Rankings

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    Week 0 is now in the books, and while many teams in the FCS have yet to play a game, let's take a look at our (hopefully weekly) FCS Power Rankings!

     

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     James Madison University Athletics logo.svg James Madison Dukes (1-0)

    Previous Rank: N/A

     

     

    Quarterback James Franklin is surrounded by a set of incredible offensive weapons that put up 41 points against last year's national championship runner up. Defensively, they were also able to get it done with 2 forced turnovers despite allowing 21 points in the fourth quarter.

     

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    2

    File:North Dakota State Bison logo.svg North Dakota State Bison (1-0)

    Previous Rank: N/A

     

    Like the Dukes, the Bison got it done through the air and on the ground in hostile territory. It took a strong fourth quarter offensive push despite a poor defensive showing, to beat Eastern Washington, but they came out victorious in the end. 

     

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    3

    Logo North Dakota Fighting Hawks (0-0)

    Previous Rank: N/A

     

    Idle this week, but this team has a terrifying offense. Redshirt Senior Robbie Koehler and Austin Bright will lead the Fighting Hawks in a deep playoff run.

     

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    4

    File:Eastern Washington Eagles logo.svg Eastern Washington Eagles (0-1)

    Previous Rank: N/A

     

    The season did not start as they had hoped, but the Eastern Washington Eagles still look good. Redshirt junior quarterback Samuel Conner is the real deal and receivers Percy Brown and Nicholas Murphy will make sure of that. Defensively, there are some holes, and North Dakota State showed us that this weekend.

     

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    5

    File:Harvard Crimson logo.svg Harvard Crimson (1-0)

    Previous Rank: N/A

     

    This is a very young team with lots of talented players bursting at the seam to show their true colors. A hard-fought victory over Montana earns them 4th.

     

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    6

    Image result for illinois state redbirds Illinois State Redbirds (1-0)

    Previous Rank: N/A

     

    Despite the win, the Redbirds will be looking to improve things after their first game, A very talented run game showed itself off this weekend as redshirt sophomore Frankie Boone and his 122 yard, 1 TD performance explained to us why he thinks he can take Illinois State to back-to-back playoff berths.

     

    Rank

    7

    225px-South_Dakota_State_University_logo.svg.png South Dakota State Jackrabbits (0-1)

    Previous Rank: N/A

     

    Despite having one of the most talented rosters in the FCS, the Jackrabbits failed to impress last week as they fell 13-17 to a rusty Illinois State team. South Dakota State failed to find the endzone until Darnerien Hassan ran one in in the fourth quarter. 

     

    Rank

    8

    Image result for delaware blue hens Delaware Blue Hens (0-0)

    Previous Rank: N/A

     

    A very fast team, the Blue Hens have speed on the offense. It remains to be seen if running back Kaden Gilmore and talented tight end Daniel Padgett will have what it takes to elevate this Delaware team behind a very talented offensive line. 

     

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    9

    File:Montana Griz logo.svg Montana Grizzlies (0-1)

    Previous Rank: N/A

     

    A tough loss in Cambridge this past weekend, but the signs are there that this Grizzlies team can make quite the impact this season. Perhaps most desperately, the Grizzlies need to work on its late-game stamina as they were outscored 3-14 in the final period of play.

     

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    10

    File:New Hampshire Wildcats logo.svg New Hampshire Wildcats (0-1)

    Previous Rank: N/A

     

    They were 9-3 last season, but this season started off with a loss that looked closer than it actually was. This Wildcats team looks nothing like the one we saw last year in the championship game. Still, there are some positives, here. The upperclassmen will have to do what they can to hopefully emulate last week's 4th quarter throughout the season.

     

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    11

    320px-Northern_Iowa_Panters_logo.svg.png Northern Iowa Panthers (0-0)

    Previous Rank: N/A

     

    The Jim Skinner is going to have his hands full creating holes for extremely talented running back Raekwon Thomas to run through. Defensively, linebacker James Butler will have to be all over the field if the Panthers want to make it to the playoffs this year.

     

    Rank

    12

    Image result for youngstown state penguins football Youngstown State Penguins (0-0)

    Previous Rank: N/A

     

    There is a long of very young talent on the roster. Redshirt freshman Brad McCaffrey and true freshman Charles Wright are going to be stars one day, but for now, keep the hat and scarf on, Pete, it's going to be a long season.

     

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    Disclaimer: First time doing this, so I'm sorry if your team is not ranked highly as you think they should be. OOC feedback and criticism welcome. Also, how do you size images?

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    Great article!

     

    Looking forward to what you newer guys can do in FCS. I think it'll be a really cool little side-version of the main FBS grouping of coaches. You guys, as the first ones, have a real ability to develop your own culture.

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    1 hour ago, DoesItFitInABreadBox said:

    Definitely agree with you on South Dakota State. My darkhorse candidate for national championship if they had a coach.

     

    Yeah! Hopefully someone takes over there soon! Would hate to see the current talent to go wasted.

     

    11 minutes ago, Suffocation said:

    Nicely done! Definitely expecting the rankings to change a lot throughout this season, there's a lot of unknowns and some closely matched teams.

     

    Looking forward to seeing your rankings each week!

     

    Thanks! It was tough to grade teams that haven't played yet, so I had to go off their rosters. I think there is going to be a big change next week!

     

    7 minutes ago, Soluna said:

    Great article!

     

    Looking forward to what you newer guys can do in FCS. I think it'll be a really cool little side-version of the main FBS grouping of coaches. You guys, as the first ones, have a real ability to develop your own culture.

     

    We'll be all of the best parts of the FBS with fun, scrappy football :)

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    Just now, SolutionA said:

     

    Thanks! Hope to see you guys up towards the top of the power rankings again soon!

    Thanks appreciate it, best of luck to you. And again amazing job with the ranking and preview of the games. Great job

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