Colonels climb to No. 9 in Top 25 Polls, Fourcade honored by STATS FCS

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Chase Fourcade

THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University football team moved inside the top 10 of the national rankings as the Colonels landed at No. 9 in the AFCA Coaches and STATS FCS Top 25 Polls, released on Monday.

With a perfect record against the FCS and a 3-0 mark in the Southland, the Colonels matched their season-high ranking in the coaches poll and cracked the Top 10 of the media poll for the first time. The only other team ranked in both polls in the Southland was Central Arkansas at No. 13. Nicholls and UCA played two weeks ago with the Colonels winning at home, 34-14.

UIW made an appearance in the STATS FCS Poll at No. 25.

Also at the national level, senior quarterback Chase Fourcade received honorable mention for STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Week. Fourcade rushed for a career-high 135 yards on 14 carries and scored twice on the ground in the 45-35 win over rival Northwestern State. In the passing game, he threw for 188 yards and a touchdown.

STATS FCS POLL

Rank School Votes Prev
1 North Dakota State (6-0) 3923 (155) 1
2 James Madison (6-1) 3740 (2) 2
3 South Dakota State (5-1) 3612 3
4 Weber State (4-2) 3363 4
5 Montana (5-1) 3107 8
6 Kennesaw State (5-1) 3022 7
7 Villanova (6-1) 2968 5
8 Furman (4-2) 2703 11
9 Nicholls (4-2) 2653 12
10 North Carolina A&T (4-1) 2292 13
11 Illinois State (4-2) 2218 14
12 Montana State (5-2) 2125 6
13 Central Arkansas (4-2) 1849 16
14 UNI (3-3) 1814 10
15 Sacramento State (4-2) 1677 NR
16 Jacksonville State (5-2) 1585 17
17 Princeton (4-0) 1301 21
18 Towson (3-3) 1077 9
19 Youngstown State (4-2) 1012 19
20 Austin Peay (4-2) 869 NR
21 Dartmouth (4-0) 717 NR
22 New Hampshire (4-2) 713 NR
23 UC Davis (3-4) 509 24
24 Delaware (3-3) 403 15
25 Central Connecticut State (5-1) 274 NR

Others: UT Martin (199) , Stony Brook (193) , Southeast Missouri State (184) , Alcorn State (119) , UIW (92) , Maine (87) , Wofford (83) , Elon (80) , Eastern Washington (74) , Florida A&M (71) , Southeastern Louisiana (54) , Sam Houston State (51) , Albany (42) , South Carolina State (40) , Yale (37) , Idaho State (19) , Lamar (15) , Richmond (13) , Harvard (12) , Monmouth (8) , Bethune-Cookman (6) , North Dakota (5) , VMI (4) , Portland State (3) , Campbell (3) , Dayton (2) , Duquesne (1) , Murray State (1) , South Dakota (1)

FCS COACHES POLL

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 North Dakota State (26) 6-0 650 1
2 James Madison 6-1 622 2
3 South Dakota State 5-1 600 3
4 Kennesaw State 5-1 555 4
5 Weber State 4-2 532 5
6 Montana 5-1 516 8
7 Villanova 6-1 480 7
8 Furman 4-2 467 11
9 Nicholls 4-2 448 12
10 Illinois State 4-2 380 13
11 North Carolina A&T 4-1 369 14
12 Montana State 5-2 367 6
13 Central Arkansas 4-2 336 16
14 Jacksonville State 5-2 269 18
15 Northern Iowa 3-3 264 10
16 Princeton 4-0 224 19
17 Sacramento State 4-2 221 NR
18 Youngstown State 4-2 197 17
19 Austin Peay 4-2 170 NR
20 Towson 3-3 152 9
21 Dartmouth 4-0 133 NR
22 UC Davis 3-4 108 21
23 New Hampshire 4-2 96 NR
24 Delaware 3-3 63 15
25 UIW 4-2 39 NR

Dropped out: Maine (20), Southeast Missouri St. (22), Stony Brook (23), Sam Houston St. (24), Southeastern Louisiana (25)

Others receiving votes: Central Connecticut St., 30; UT Martin, 23; Southeast Missouri St., 20; Sam Houston St., 18; Wofford, 17; Campbell, 15; Stony Brook, 15; Florida A&M, 10; Eastern Washington, 9; Alcorn St., 6; Houston Baptist, 6; Idaho St., 6; Murray St., 5; VMI, 5; Portland St., 4; Lamar, 2; Elon, 1.

UP NEXT
The Colonels hit the road next weekend to face Sam Houston State on Saturday, Oct. 19. Kickoff in Huntsville is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN+.

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