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Appalachian State leads reshuffled Top 25

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Impressive victories this past weekend have caught the attention of voters in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25.

Four new teams have moved into the rankings Monday and the two teams with the biggest moves within the Top 25 are coming off their most important victories of the season.

The top six teams remain the same for a third straight week, including three unbeatens - No. 1 Appalachian State (6-0), No. 2 Delaware (7-0) and No. 3 Jacksonville State (7-0) - leading the way in votes among the poll's panel of FCS sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters and writers.

Three of the four teams that have entered the poll were ranked earlier this season. Western Illinois (5-2) checks in at No. 21 after beating Youngstown State, Northern Arizona (4-2) is No. 22 after routing Montana State and Furman (4-2) is No. 25 after winning at Samford. Chattanooga (4-2), which won at Georgia Southern, is in the rankings for the first time at No. 24.

"I am excited about what we have accomplished and the understanding of the level we can play at," Northern Arizona head coach Jerome Souers said about his team, which must sum up the feelings of the four newcomers to this week's poll.

The biggest movers within the Top 25 are No. 10 New Hampshire (4-3), which moves up six spots after it won at then-No. 7 James Madison, and No. 14 Bethune-Cookman (6-0), which gains nine spots after it ended then-No. 10 South Carolina State's 21-game winning streak in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Appalachian State has strengthened its lead at No. 1, gaining 111 of the 151 first-place votes, and 3,718 points. Delaware follows with 28 first-place votes and 3,594 points, and Jacksonville State is third with 11 first-place votes and 3,419 points.

William & Mary (5-1), which will host Delaware in a CAA Football showdown this weekend, remains No. 4. Stephen F. Austin (5-1) has one first-place vote for the third straight week and remains No. 5, while defending FCS champion Villanova (4-2) is sixth.

Rounding out the Top 10 are No. 7 Montana (5-2), No. 8 Eastern Washington (5-2), No. 9 Wofford (5-1) and New Hampshire.

James Madison (4-2) falls to No. 11 and is followed by Massachusetts (4-2), Southeast Missouri State (6-1), Bethune-Cookman, Montana State (5-2), Richmond (3-3), Liberty (5-2), South Carolina State (4-2), Northern Iowa (3-3) and Penn (4-1).

Then it's Western Illinois at No. 21, Northern Arizona, Cal Poly (4-3), Chattanooga and Furman.

CAA Football has the most ranked teams with seven. The Big Sky and Southern conferences are next with four teams each.

The Top 25 will be released every Monday afternoon during the regular season except for the final weekend, when it will be released on Sunday, Nov. 21, due to its use as an official tool by the NCAA Division I Football Committee in selecting the 20-team playoff field.

The Sports Network and Fathead.com will release a final Top 25 following the FCS championship game, which will be held Jan. 7 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

The night before the FCS championship game, The Sports Network will present the Walter Payton (outstanding FCS player) Buck Buchanan (outstanding FCS defensive player) and Eddie Robinson (outstanding FCS coach) awards, which are sponsored by Fathead.com.

10/18 13:32:24 ET