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-LPtsPrev
1James Madison (154)14-138505
2Youngstown State12-4363113
3North Dakota State12-234924
4Eastern Washington12-234283
5Sam Houston State12-130671
6South Dakota State9-429447
7Jacksonville State10-227762
8Richmond10-4266612
9Wofford10-4253219
10Citadel10-223866
11Villanova9-422259
12North Dakota9-321338
13Chattanooga9-4209111
14Central Arkansas10-3179814
15Charleston Southern7-4160510
16Grambling State11-1149616
17New Hampshire8-5132322
18Coastal Carolina10-2116415
19San Diego10-295624
20North Carolina A&T9-391517
21Lehigh9-377618
22North Carolina Central9-371620
23Samford7-562423
24Cal Poly7-553821
25Weber State7-528425

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-LPtsPrev
1James Madison (26)14-16505
2Youngstown State12-460712
3North Dakota State12-25993
4Eastern Washington12-25744
5Sam Houston State12-15191
6Jacksonville State10-24942
7South Dakota State9-44507
8Richmond10-444413
9The Citadel10-24046
10Chattanooga9-43889
11Wofford10-437419
12North Dakota9-33738
13Villanova9-435512
14Charleston Southern7-429210
15Grambling State12-128614
16Central Arkansas10-328116
17New Hampshire8-521721
18Lehigh9-320615
19North Carolina Central9-317618
20North Carolina A&T9-316917
T21Cal Poly7-512120
T21San Diego10-212125
23Samford7-510424
24Weber State7-57323
25Montana6-53322

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