FCS National Poll Vote
Sacramento State knocked off the Pac-12's Stanford this weekend (PHOTO CREDIT: Sacramento State Athletics)

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Each week, we will break down the FCS national poll vote by FanBuzz CFB writer Brian McLaughlin, an annual participant in the poll of note — the STATS/Perform national poll.

This top three thing in the FCS is brutal.

North Dakota State hasn't played an opponent as tough as South Dakota State and Montana State have yet, but has been consistently strong. NDSU, SDSU and MSU are all incredibly legit, and there are others in the FCS apparently gaining on the elite, like Sacramento State after its big win over Stanford.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Folks, remember — an FBS loss or a D-2 win do not have an effect on an FCS team's position in the postseason picture. The playoff committee throws those results out.

1 North Dakota State
2 South Dakota State
3 Montana State
4 Sacramento State
5 William & Mary
6 Furman
7 Weber State
8 Southern Illinois
9 Holy Cross
10 Montana
11 Idaho
12 UC Davis
13 UIW (Incarnate Word)
14 New Hampshire
15 Villanova
16 Mercer
17 Northern Iowa (UNI)
18 Eastern Washington
19 Delaware
20 Campbell
21 Western Carolina
22 North Dakota
23 Austin Peay
24 North Carolina Central
25 UT Martin

NOTE: FanBuzz national Group of Five college football editor Brian McLaughlin has had a vote in the STATS-Perform FCS National Poll and end-of-year awards since 2016.

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