Nicholls football took a slight dip in both major FCS polls after not playing this past weekend.

After coming into the week ranked No. 10 in both the FCS coaches poll and STATS FCS media poll, tied for the highest in school history, the Colonels (0-1) fell to No. 11 in the coaches poll and No. 12 in the media poll.

The drop comes as little surprise after only three teams in the Top 15 lost and all of them were to FBS-level programs. Ultimately it was No. 10 Montana State beating Southeast Missouri and No. 11 Northern Iowa beating Southern Utah that dropped Nicholls in the media poll. Northern Iowa was the team to pull ahead of Nicholls in the coaches poll.

After losing the season opener to Kansas State and then taking off, Nicholls is one of two programs ranked in both major polls without a win this season, joining 0-1 Wofford who was also on bye. 

This will be the only time this season Nicholls faces such a problem, however, as it finishes the season with 11 straight games without a bye. The Colonels are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Prairie View A&M.

Coach Tim Rebowe was initially displeased with the prospect of such an early bye week, but after losing 49-14 at Kansas State, changed tune.  

“I don’t usually like coming off a loss and having a bye week,” Rebowe said. “But I think this week could really, really help us. We’ve got some things to fix. Everybody has some things to fix: offense, defense, kicking game. I’m talking about individually. Each guy does.”

While defending Southland Conference champion Nicholls is still the league’s highest-rated team, several other schools continue to make gains in national reputation. 

Central Arkansas made the biggest jump of any SLC team this week, going from No. 18 in the coaches and No. 20 in the media poll to No. 14 in both. The Bears defeated Austin Peay 24-16 a week after taking down FBS-level Western Kentucky in the season opener.

Southeastern Louisiana also jumped into the coaches poll at No. 24 this week despite having its game at Bethune-Cookman cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian. The Lions remained steady at No. 23 in the media poll.

Sam Houston State also saw a small bump in both polls after its 77-0 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Bearkats went from No. 25 to No. 24 in the media poll and No. 22 to No. 21 in the coaches poll.

Lamar and Incarnate Word received votes in the coaches poll while McNeese State received votes in the media.  

Powerhouse North Dakota State held on to the top overall spot again this week after trouncing rival North Dakota 38-7. The Bison were unanimous in the coaches poll and received 149 of the 158 first-place votes in the media poll.

James Madison and South Dakota State came in at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.

FCS Coaches Poll

North Dakota State (26) James Madison South Dakota State UC Davis Eastern Washington Weber State Kennesaw State Towson Maine Northern Iowa Nicholls Illinois State Furman Central Arkansas Montana State Jacksonville State North Carolina A&T Delaware Montana Southeast Missouri State Sam Houston Wofford Villanova Southeastern Louisiana Princeton STATS FCS poll

North Dakota State (149) James Madison (9) South Dakota State Eastern Washington UC Davis Weber State Maine Towson Kennesaw State Montana State Northern Iowa Nicholls Illinois State Central Arkansas North Carolina A&T Furman Jacksonville State Delaware Southeast Missouri Montana Wofford Villanova Southeastern Louisiana Sam Houston State Elon