J’Ville State new FCS No. 1 following near-upset of Auburn

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks nearly pulled off a huge upset in Week 2 of the college football season. They took on the then-No. 6 ranked Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium and took them to the absolute brink as the Tigers needed overtime to escape with the win.

While the Auburn Tigers tumbled in the AP rankings for the FBS, as they fell twelve spots to number 18, the Gamecocks enjoyed the riches of competing with a FBS program, much less a Power Five conference team

The Gamecocks earned 39 of a possible 154 votes to jump from fifth to first in the FCS AP poll.

The team knocked off Sam Houston State for the top spot, while jumping Coastal Carolina, North Dakota State and Illinois State in the STATS FCS Top 25.

This is the first time the Gamecocks have ever been ranked No. 1 in any Top 25 poll in the FCS.

“FCS football is no joke,” Jacksonville State head coach Bobby Grass said in a release. “I think the parity in FCS football is really, really good. There’s a lot of good teams out there, there’s a lot of good teams in our conference. We’ve got to take care of ourselves and what we can control and just be better every day.”

The current FCS top ten currently looks as follows:

1. Jacksonville State (39)
2. Coastal Carolina (36)
3. Sam Houston State (38)
4. North Dakota State (23)
5. Illinois State (6)
6. Villanova (4)
7. South Dakota State (8)
8. Montana
9. Northern Iowa
10. Chattanooga

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