Southeastern Louisiana also received votes in both polls. Sam Houston State is ranked at No. 3 in the Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the STATS top 25 while Central Arkansas is ranked and No. 8 and 10, respectively. The Bearkats advanced to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs, falling on the road at eventual national champion North Dakota State. Central Arkansas capped an undefeated Southland championship season in the first round against New Hampshire. FCS Coaches Poll | STATS FCS PollFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference earned four spots in the final FCS polls of the 2017 season. Sam Houston State, Central Arkansas, McNeese and Nicholls all garnered national postseason rankings from both the FCS Coaches Poll and STATS FCS Poll. McNeese earned the No. 18 (FCS Coaches) and No. 22 (STATS) spots, finishing the 2017 season with a 9-2 record (7-2 Southland). Nicholls rounded out the conference rankings at No. 23 and 25, respectively. The Colonels finished the season at 8-4 (7-2 Southland), earning the league’s third bid to the FCS playoffs where they dropped a close matchup at home against South Dakota, 38-31.