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College Football Rankings: New Hampshire Joins Top-Ten, UMass Drops To No. 8

On the strength of their 28-14 win at then-No. 7 James Madison (ed. note: sadface), New Hampshire has jumped from No. 16 to No. 10 in the Week 8 edition of The Sports Network FCS Top-25 College Football Poll.

Appalachian State (6-0) remained the No. 1 team for the third straight week, followed by No. 2 Delaware and No. 3 Jacksonville State. All three school are undefeated this season (6-0, 7-0 and 7-0, respectively). William & Mary and Stephen F. Austin (with its lone first-place vote) round out the top-five.

Massachusetts, which lost at home to Richmond, 11-10, thanks in large part to a safety the Spiders recorded in the first quarter, dropped from No. 8 to No. 12. 

JMU led 14-10 at the half before New Hampshire scored 18 unanswered points in the second half, including 15 in the fourth quarter. The Dukes managed just 11 first downs and 275 yards of total offense. 

Full rankings of The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top-25 College Football Poll for Week 8 (as voted on by the sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters and writers) are as follows (first-place votes included):

1. Appalachian State Mountaineers (111)
2. Delaware Blue Hens (28)
3. Jacksonville State Gamecocks (11)
4. William & Mary Tribe
5. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (1)
6. Villanova Wildcats
7. Montana Grizzlies
8. Eastern Washington Eagles
9. Wofford Terriers
10. New Hampshire Wildcats
11. James Madison Dukes
12. Massachusetts Minutemen
13. Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
14. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
15. Montana State Bobcats
16. Richmond Spiders
17. Liberty Flames
18. South Carolina State Bulldogs
19. Northern Iowa Panthers
20. Penn Quakers
21. Western Illinois Leathernecks
22. Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
23. Cal Poly Mustangs
24. Chattanooga Mocs
25. Furman Paladins

In Week 8, New Hampshire hosts UMass in a key CAA game with playoff positioning likely on the line.