Top 25 College Football Rankings 2021: Week 5 FCS Coaches Poll

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The college football season is back in full swing and the FCS has returned to action this fall after playing in the spring due to the coronavirus-delayed season just months ago. Ahead of the upcoming week, we get a look at how each team stacks up against the competition.

On Monday, the AFCA Coaches Poll for Week 5 was announced and Sam Houston continues to hang on to the top spot after a razor-thin 21-20 win over Stephen F. Austin. Sam Houston earned 24 of a possible 28 first-place votes.

Rounding out the top five is James Madison, South Dakota State, Eastern Washington, and North Dakota State. JMU each picked up one first-place vote, while Eastern Washington earned two.

There are five Top 25 matchups this coming weekend, including two Top 10 battles. The first has No. 2 James Madison playing host to No. 9 Villanova while the second game has No. 7 Southern Illinois traveling to No. 3 South Dakota State. In the other three matchups, No. 5 North Dakota State hosts No. 12 Northern Iowa, No. 10 Delaware travels to No. 20 Rhode Island and newcomers this week, No. 24 Princeton, and No. 25 Monmouth (N.J.) meet in West Long Branch, N.J.

Where does your favorite team rank?

A full look at the Week 5 FCS AFCA Coaches Poll can be seen below.

Rank   School (1st votes)             

1 Sam Houston (24) 4-0
2 James Madison (1) 4-0
3 South Dakota St. (1) 4-0
4 Eastern Washington (2) 5-0
5 North Dakota St. 4-0
6 Montana 3-1
7 Southern Illinois 4-1
8 UC Davis 5-0
9 Villanova 3-1
10 Delaware 3-1
11 Montana St. 4-1
12 Northern Iowa 3-1
13 East Tennessee St. 5-0
14 Southeastern Louisiana 3-1
15 North Dakota 2-2
16 Missouri St. 3-1
17 Kennesaw St. 3-1
18 Weber St. 2-3
19 Chattanooga 2-2
20 Rhode Island 4-0
21 UT Martin 3-1
22 Harvard 3-0
22 Jacksonville St. 2-3
24 Princeton 3-0
25 Monmouth (N.J.) 3-2

Others Receiving Votes: Central Arkansas, 38; New Hampshire, 37; Eastern Kentucky, 23; Mercer, 22; South Dakota, 20; Nicholls, 19; Stephen F. Austin, 19; UIW, 16; Jackson St., 15; Holy Cross, 14; Yale, 12; Abilene Christian, 10; VMI, 10; Murray St., 9; Austin Peay, 7; Duquesne, 6; Florida A&M, 5; William & Mary, 4; Elon, 3; North Carolina A&T, 3; Richmond, 3; Charleston Southern, 2.

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