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CHICAGO – Jan. 13, 2020 – Wire to wire again.

National champion North Dakota State was a unanimous No. 1 in the final Stats Perform FCS Top 25 on Monday, making it two straight seasons in which the Bison have held the top ranking in every poll since the preseason. Celebration Bowl champion North Darolina A&T finished 20th nationally.ncat aggie

Alcotn State and South Carolina State also received votes.

North Dakota State (16-0), which received all 153 first-place votes in the national media poll, beat James Madison 28-20 on Saturday to claim its third straight and a record eighth FCS title in nine years. The Bison have won 37 straight games – also an FCS standard.

James Madison (14-2) finished second and national semifinalists Weber State (11-4) and Montana State (11-4) were No. 3 and 4, respectively. The Missouri Valley Football Conference and Big Sky Conference had the most selections with four each – all in the Top 10.

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the Stats Perform FCS Top 25. A first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.

Stats Perform FCS Top 25 (Jan. 13)

1. North Dakota State (16-0), 3,825 points (153 first-place votes)
Previous Ranking: 1; Key Wins: Illinois State (37-3 and 9-3), Northern Iowa (46-14), South Dakota State (23-16), Montana State (42-14) and James Madison (28-20)

2. James Madison (14-2), 3,672
Previous Ranking: 2; Key Wins: Villanova (38-24), Northern Iowa (17-0) and Weber State (30-14)

3. Weber State (11-4), 3,490
Previous Ranking: 4; Key Wins: Northern Iowa (29-17), Sacramento State (36-17) and Montana (17-10)

4. Montana State (11-4), 3,366
Previous Ranking: 5; Key Wins: Montana (48-14), Albany (47-21) and Austin Peay (24-10)

5. Northern Iowa (10-5), 3,101
Previous Ranking: 6; Key Wins: Illinois State (27-10), San Diego (17-3) and South Dakota State (13-10)

6. Montana (10-4), 3,006
Previous Ranking: 7; Key Wins: Monmouth (47-27), Weber State (35-16) and Southeastern Louisiana (73-28)

7. Illinois State (10-5), 2,886
Previous Ranking: 13; Key Wins: South Dakota State (27-18), Southeast Missouri (24-6) and Central Arkansas (24-14)

8. Austin Peay (11-4), 2,592
Previous Ranking: 18; Key Wins: Southeast Missouri (28-24), Furman (42-6) and Sacramento State (42-28)

9. Sacramento State (9-4), 2,589
Previous Ranking: 3; Key Wins: Eastern Washington (48-27), Montana State (34-21) and Montana (49-22)

10. South Dakota State (8-5), 2,312
Previous Ranking: 10; Key Wins: Southern Illinois (28-10), Youngstown State (38-28) and Northern Iowa (38-7)

11. Central Arkansas (9-4), 2,125
Previous Ranking: 9; Key Wins: Western Kentucky (35-28), Austin Peay (24-16) and Sam Houston State (29-25)

12. Monmouth (11-3), 2,032
Previous Ranking: 14; Key Wins: UAlbany (38-35), Kennesaw State (45-21) and Holy Cross (44-27)

13. Kennesaw State (11-3), 1,992
Previous Ranking: 15; Key Wins: Charleston Southern (45-23), Campbell (38-35) and Wofford (28-21)

14. Nicholls (9-5), 1,708
Previous Ranking: 19; Key Wins: Central Arkansas (34-14), Southeastern Louisiana (28-27) and North Dakota (24-6)

15. Villanova (9-4), 1,580
Previous Ranking: 8; Key Wins: Towson (52-45), Maine (33-17) and Delaware (55-33)

16. Wofford (8-4), 1,344
Previous Ranking: 11; Key Wins: Chattanooga (35-34), Furman (24-7) and The Citadel (31-11)

17. Southeast Missouri (9-4), 1,285
Previous Ranking: 12; Key Wins: Southern Illinois (44-26), Jacksonville State (24-21) and UT Martin (17-10)

18. UAlbany (9-5), 1,244
Previous Ranking: 25; Key Wins: Towson (38-21), New Hampshire (24-17) and Central Connecticut State (42-14)

19. Southeastern Louisiana (8-5), 1,171
Previous Ranking: N/R; Key Wins: Jacksonville State (35-14), Central Arkansas (34-0) and Villanova (45-44)

20. North Carolina A&T (9-3), 782
Previous Ranking: 23; Key Wins: South Carolina State (22-20), Bethune-Cookman (47-17) and Alcorn State (64-44)

21. Furman (8-5), 770
Previous Ranking: 16; Key Wins: Samford (58-21), Chattanooga (35-20) and VMI (60-21)

22. Dartmouth (9-1), 607
Previous Ranking: 21; Key Wins: Colgate (38-3), Yale (42-10) and Princeton (27-10)

23. Central Connecticut State (11-2), 606
Previous Ranking: 17; Key Wins: Sacred Heart (28-3), Robert Morris (49-28) and Duquesne (43-10)

24. Florida A&M (9-2), 528
Previous Ranking: 20; Key Wins: Southern (27-21), South Carolina State (42-38) and North Carolina A&T (34-31)

25. Yale (9-1), 353
Previous Ranking: 22; Key Wins: Holy Cross (23-10), Richmond (28-27) and Princeton (51-14)

Dropped Out: North Dakota (24)

Others Receiving Votes: North Dakota 257, Southern Illinois 141, San Diego 119, Towson 104, Holy Cross 29, Alcorn State 26, Princeton 22, Eastern Washington 21, UT Martin 19, New Hampshire 9, South Carolina State 9, Maine 3

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