Both STATS FCS Top 25 and FCS Coaches Polls were released Monday and North Dakota State finished the season ranked third in both of them.

The Bison fell to eventual national champion James Madison in the semifinal playoff game, and finished their season 12-2, while also winning its sixth consecutive Missouri Valley Football Conference title, going 7-1 within the conference. James Madison defeated Youngstown St. 28-14 in the national championship game, as those teams would finish the season ranked 1 and 2 in both polls, respectively.

Both polls are listed below:

STATS FCS Top 25

Team (First-Place Votes) W-L Pts Prev
1 James Madison (154) 14-1 3850 5
2 Youngstown State 12-4 3631 13
3 North Dakota State 12-2 3492 4
4 Eastern Washington 12-2 3428 3
5 Sam Houston State 12-1 3067 1
6 South Dakota State 9-4 2944 7
7 Jacksonville State 10-2 2776 2
8 Richmond 10-4 2666 12
9 Wofford 10-4 2532 19
10 Citadel 10-2 2386 6
11 Villanova 9-4 2225 9
12 North Dakota 9-3 2133 8
13 Chattanooga 9-4 2091 11
14 Central Arkansas 10-3 1798 14
15 Charleston Southern 7-4 1605 10
16 Grambling State 11-1 1496 16
17 New Hampshire 8-5 1323 22
18 Coastal Carolina 10-2 1164 15
19 San Diego 10-2 956 24
20 North Carolina A&T 9-3 915 17
21 Lehigh 9-3 776 18
22 North Carolina Central 9-3 716 20
23 Samford 7-5 624 23
24 Cal Poly 7-5 538 21
25 Weber State 7-5 284 25

Others receiving votes: Illinois State (167), Saint Francis (116), Princeton (83), Albany (65), UT Martin (31), Montana (30), Penn (22), Western Illinois (19), Fordham (17), Maine (17), Southeastern Louisiana (17), Northern Iowa (8), Kennesaw State (8), Duquesne (6), Southern University (6), Northern Arizona (5), Tennessee State (5), Southern Utah (4), Stony Brook (4), Dayton (2), McNeese State (2).

FCS Coaches Poll

Team (First-Place Votes) W-L Pts Prev
1 James Madison (26) 14-1 650 5
2 Youngstown State 12-4 607 12
3 North Dakota State 12-2 599 3
4 Eastern Washington 12-2 574 4
5 Sam Houston State 12-1 519 1
6 Jacksonville State 10-2 494 2
7 South Dakota State 9-4 450 7
8 Richmond 10-4 444 13
9 The Citadel 10-2 404 6
10 Chattanooga 9-4 388 9
11 Wofford 10-4 374 19
12 North Dakota 9-3 373 8
13 Villanova 9-4 355 12
14 Charleston Southern 7-4 292 10
15 Grambling State 12-1 286 14
16 Central Arkansas 10-3 281 16
17 New Hampshire 8-5 217 21
18 Lehigh 9-3 206 15
19 North Carolina Central 9-3 176 18
20 North Carolina A&T 9-3 169 17
T21 Cal Poly 7-5 121 20
T21 San Diego 10-2 121 25
23 Samford 7-5 104 24
24 Weber State 7-5 73 23
25 Montana 6-5 33 22

Others receiving votes: Illinois State (25), Saint Francis (21), Princeton (20), South Dakota (19), Albany (15), Southeastern Louisiana (14), Kennesaw State (9), Southern Utah (7), Fordham (4), Penn (4), UT Martin (2).

Source: NDSU