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South Dakota State knocked off one of its biggest rivals in the FCS, Montana State (PHOTO CREDIT: SDSU Athletics)

FCS Poll Vote After Week Two: Sorry, NDSU Stays Atop

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 played tonight, but let's be honest — MSU lost their stud quarterback early in the game, and SDSU still needed the fourth quarter to survive the Bobcats on their own homefield.

NDSU, SDSU and MSU are all incredibly legit, and there are others in the FCS apparently gaining on the elite.

The next tier was pretty static this week from No. 4 to No. 7. You can mix and match. The Idaho and Southern Illinois wins over FBS teams make them interesting to keep an eye on, and propel them into the Top 10 on my ballot - for now. Holy Cross giving Boston College hell interests me, and New Hampshire, Eastern Washington and Northern Iowa?

Folks, don't be lemmings here — look at the body of work. Those three programs? They did some things this weekend, and last weekend.

But yes, there's a ton ahead. Catch you around this time next weekend.

PS — Monday morning, we will begin our annual look at building the FCS playoff bracket — which absolutely is no replica of this poll vote.

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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 NDSU Beat Maine by 37 1
2 SDSU Beat Montana St by 4 2
3 Montana St Lost to SDSU by 4 3
4 Wm & Mary Beat Wofford by 17 4
5 Furman lost to P5 South Car. by 26 5
6 Weber St. Beat UNI by 17 9
7 Montana beat Utah Tech by 30 11
8 Idaho Beat G5 Nevada by 27 13
9 SIU beat G5 No. Illinois by 4 19
10 Holy Cross Lost to P5 BostColl by 3 14
11 UC Davis lost to P5 Oregon St. by 48 7
12 Sac St beat TAMU-Commerce by 28 8
13 UIW Beat No. Colorado by 35 10
14 New Hamp Lost to G5 CentMich by 3 12
15 Villanova beat Colgate by 23 21
16 Mercer beat Morehead St by 26 18
17 SE La. Lost to G5 SoAlab by 18 15
18 SEMO beat Lindenwood by 38 17
19 UNI lost to Weber St. by 17 20
20 East. Wash lost to G5 Fresno in OT no
21 Delaware Lost to P5 Penn St by 56 16
22 Yale DNP 22
23 Campbell beat the Citadel by 49 no
24 N.C. Cent beat No. Carolina A&T by 14 24
25 Illinois St. beat West. Illinois by 16 no

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. He submitted his initial 2023 preseason FCS poll on Aug. 7. And his previous week's vote is noted above to show any changes that happened based on this past week's Week Two results.