The following weekly polls comprise the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football rankings which determine the top 25 teams at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level of college football for the 2012 season. The Sports Network poll is voted by media members while the Coaches' Poll is determined by coaches at the FCS level.

Legend

Legend
  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
Italics   Number of first place votes
(#–#)   Win–loss record
т Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

The Sports Network Poll

Preseason
Aug 13[1]
Week 1
Sept 3
Week 2
Sept 10
Week 3
Sept 17
Week 4
Sept 24
Week 5
Oct 1
Week 6
Oct 8
Week 7
Oct 15
Week 8
Oct 22
Week 9
Oct 29
Week 10
Nov 5
Week 11
Nov 12
Week 12
Nov 19
Week 13 (Final)
1.Sam Houston State 79Sam Houston State 87 (0–0)North Dakota State 94 (2–0)North Dakota State 140 (2–0)North Dakota State 154 (3–0)North Dakota State 156 (4−0)North Dakota State 164 (5–0)Eastern Washington 92 (5–1)Eastern Washington 125 (6–1)North Dakota State 59 (7–1)North Dakota State 120 (8–1)North Dakota State 121 (9–1)North Dakota State 126 (10–1)North Dakota State (14–1)1.
2.North Dakota State 59North Dakota State 65 (1–0)Sam Houston State 61 (1–0)Montana State 9 (3–0)Montana State 5 (4–0)Montana State 6 (5−0)Montana State 3 (6–0)James Madison 42 (5–1)Georgia Southern 14 (6–1)Georgia Southern 76 (7–1)Montana State 17 (8–1)Montana State 20 (9–1)Montana State 12 (10–1)Sam Houston State (11–4)2.
3.Georgia Southern 6Georgia Southern 4 (1–0)Montana State 1 (2–0)Sam Houston State 8 (1–1)Youngstown State 10 (4–0)Youngstown State 7 (4−0)Old Dominion (5–0)Georgia Southern 9 (5–1)North Dakota State 13 (6–1)Montana State 9 (7–1)Sam Houston State 14 (7–2)Sam Houston State 14 (8–2)Old Dominion 6 (10–1)Georgia Southern (10–4)3.
4.Montana State 3Montana State 1 (1–0)James Madison 1 (2–0)Youngstown State 7 (3–0)Old Dominion (4–0)Old Dominion (5−0)James Madison (4–1)North Dakota State 12 (5–1)Montana State 5 (6–1)Sam Houston State 9 (6–2)Old Dominion 2 (8–1)Old Dominion 3 (9–1)Eastern Washington (9–2)Eastern Washington (11–3)4.
5.James Madison 3James Madison (1–0)Youngstown State 4 (2–0)Old Dominion (3–0)James Madison (3–1)James Madison (3−1)Wofford (5–0)Montana State (6–1)Sam Houston State 5 (5–2)Old Dominion 2 (7–1)Eastern Washington (7–2)Eastern Washington (8–2)Sam Houston State 3 (8–3)Montana State (11–2)5.
6.Appalachian State 1Youngstown State 7 (1–0)Old Dominion (2–0)James Madison (2–1)Wofford (3–0)Wofford (4−0)Eastern Washington (4–1)Sam Houston State 2 (4–2)Old Dominion (6–1)Wofford (7–1)Stony Brook 4 (9–1)Georgia Southern (8–2)Georgia Southern (8–3)Old Dominion (11–2)6.
7.TowsonOld Dominion (1–0)Northern Iowa (1–1)Wofford 1 (3–0)Eastern Washington (2–1)Eastern Washington (3−1)Georgia Southern (4–1)Old Dominion (5–1)Wofford (6–1)Eastern Washington (6–2)Georgia Southern 1 (7–2)New Hampshire 1 (8–2)Appalachian State (8–3)Wofford (9–4)7.
8.Old DominionNorthern Iowa (0–1)Appalachian State (1–1)Northern Iowa (1–2)Delaware (4–0)Georgia Southern (3−1)Youngstown State (4–1)Wofford (5–1)Lehigh 3 (8–0)Lehigh 4 (8–0)Lehigh 4 (9–0)Appalachian State (8–3)Central Arkansas (9–2)Illinois State (9–4)8.
9.Northern IowaEastern Washington (1–0)Wofford (2–0)Eastern Washington (1–1)Sam Houston State (1–2)Illinois State (5−0)Sam Houston State (3–2)Lehigh 3 (7–0)James Madison (5–2)Stony Brook 4 (8–1)James Madison 1 (7–2)Wofford (8–2)Wofford (8–3)Appalachian State (8–4)9.
10.WoffordWofford (1–0)Eastern Washington (1–1)The Citadel (3–0)Georgia Southern (2–1)Sam Houston State (2−2)Lehigh (6–0)Stony Brook 1 (6–1)Stony Brook 1 (7–1)James Madison (6–2)New Hampshire 1 (8–2)Central Arkansas (8–2)Stony Brook (9–2)Central Arkansas (9–3)10.
11.MontanaAppalachian State (0–1)Georgia Southern (1–1)Georgia Southern (1–1)The Citadel (3–1)Lehigh (5−0)Stony Brook (5–1)Illinois State (6–1)Cal Poly 3 (7–0)New Hampshire (7–2)Northern Arizona 2 (8–1)Illinois State (8–2)New Hampshire (8–3)Stony Brook (10–3)11.
12.Eastern WashingtonMontana (1–0)Towson (0–1)Delaware (3–0)Towson (2–1)Towson (2−2)New Hampshire (4–2)New Hampshire (5–2)New Hampshire (6–2)Northern Arizona 2 (7–1)Appalachian State (7–3)Stony Brook (9–2)Cal Poly (9–2)Cal Poly (9–3)12.
13.Youngstown State 1Towson (0–1)Delaware (2–0)Towson (1–1)Illinois State (4–0)Stony Brook (4−1)Appalachian State (4–2)Appalachian State (5–2)Northern Arizona (6–1)Central Arkansas (7–2)Wofford (7–2)James Madison (7–3)Lehigh (10–1)New Hampshire (8–4)13.
14.New HampshireNew Hampshire (1–0)Montana (1–1)Montana (2–1)Northern Iowa (1–3)New Hampshire (3−2)Illinois State (5–1)Cal Poly 3 (6–0)Central Arkansas (6–2)Indiana State (7–2)Central Arkansas (8–2)Lehigh (9–1)Villanova (8–3)South Dakota State (9–4)14.
15.DelawareDelaware (1–0)Illinois State (2–0)Illinois State (3–0)Lehigh (4–0)Appalachian State (3−2)Cal Poly (5–0)Youngstown State (4–2)Indiana State (6–2)Appalachian State (6–3)Illinois State (8–2)Northern Arizona (8–2)Towson (7–4)Villanova (8–4)15.
16.LehighLehigh (1–0)Lehigh (2–0)Lehigh (3–0)Central Arkansas (3–1)Delaware (4−1)Northern Arizona (4–1)Northern Arizona (5–1)Appalachian State (5–3)Cal Poly (7–1)South Dakota State (7–2)Villanova (7–3)Illinois State (8–3)Lehigh (10–1)16.
17.Stony BrookStony Brook (1–0)Stony Brook (2–0)Appalachian State (1–2)Appalachian State (2–2)Eastern Kentucky (4−1)Towson (2–3)Tennessee State (7–0)Illinois State (6–2)Illinois State (7–2)Towson (5–4)Cal Poly (8–2)James Madison (7–4)Towson (7–4)17.
18.Eastern KentuckyIllinois State (1–0)New Hampshire (1–1)New Hampshire (2–1)Stony Brook (3–1)Northern Arizona (4−1)Tennessee State (6–0)Towson (3–3)Eastern Kentucky (6–2)Tennessee State (8–1)Indiana State (7–3)Indiana State (7–3)Richmond (8–3)Richmond (8–3)18.
19.Illinois StateStephen F. Austin (1–0)McNeese State (2–0)McNeese State (3–0)Eastern Kentucky (3–1)The Citadel (3−2)McNeese State (4–1)Central Arkansas (5–2)Villanova (6–2)Towson (4–4)Cal Poly (7–2)Towson (6–4)South Dakota State (8–3)James Madison (7–4)19.
20.Stephen F. AustinMaine (0–0)Eastern Kentucky (1–1)Stony Brook (2–1)New Hampshire (2–2)Cal Poly (4−0)South Dakota State (4–1)South Dakota State (5–1)Delaware (5–2)Albany (7–1)Richmond (6–3)Richmond (7–3)Northern Arizona (8–3)Northern Arizona (8–3)20.
21.MaineEastern Kentucky (0–1)The Citadel (2–0)Eastern Kentucky (2–1)Montana (2–2)McNeese State (4−1)Central Arkansas (4–2)Indiana State (5–2)Tennessee State (7–1)South Dakota State (6–2)Villanova (6–3)South Dakota State (7–3)Eastern Kentucky (8–3)Wagner (9–4)21.
22.Jacksonville StateMcNeese State (1–0)Indiana State (1–1)Indiana State (2–1)Northern Arizona (3–1)Northern Iowa (1−4)Harvard (4–0)Harvard 1 95–0)Youngstown State (4–3)Richmond (5–3)Eastern Kentucky (7–3)Eastern Kentucky (8–3)Bethune-Cookman (9–2)Bethune-Cookman (9–3)22.
23.Indiana StateIndiana State (0–1)Stephen F. Austin (1–1)Maine (1–1)Cal Poly (3–0)South Dakota State (4−1)Eastern Kentucky (4–2)Eastern Kentucky (5–2)Towson (3–4)Delaware (5–3)UT Martin (7–2)Tennessee State (8–2)Indiana State (7–4)Eastern Kentucky (8–3)23.
24.Central ArkansasJacksonville State (0–1)Jacksonville State (1–1)Jacksonville State (1–1)McNeese State (3–1)Central Arkansas (3−2)Delaware (4–2)Villanova (5–2)Albany (6–1)Villanova (6–3)Tennessee State (8–2)Bethune-Cookman (8–2)Colgate (8–3)Coastal Carolina (8–4)24.
25.HarvardCentral Arkansas (0–1)Maine (0–1)Central Arkansas (2–1)South Dakota State (3–1)Harvard (3−0)Samford (5–1)Delaware (4–2)Richmond (5–3)Eastern Kentucky (6–3)Harvard (8–1)Eastern Illinois (7–3)Eastern Illinois (7–4)Colgate (8–4)25.
Preseason
Aug 13[1]
Week 1
Sept 3
Week 2
Sept 10
Week 3
Sept 17
Week 4
Sept 24
Week 5
Oct 1
Week 6
Oct 8
Week 7
Oct 15
Week 8
Oct 22
Week 9
Oct 29
Week 10
Nov 5
Week 11
Nov 12
Week 12
Nov 19
Week 13 (Final)
Dropped:
25 Harvard
Dropped:
25 Central Arkansas
Dropped:
23 Stephen F. Austin
Dropped:
  • 22 Indiana State
  • 23 Maine
  • 24 Jacksonville State
Dropped:
21 Montana
Dropped:
  • 19 The Citadel
  • 22 Northern Iowa
Dropped:
  • 19 McNeese State
  • 25 Samford
Dropped:
  • 20 South Dakota State
  • 22 Harvard
Dropped:
22 Youngstown State
Dropped:
  • 20 Albany
  • 23 Delaware
Dropped:
  • 23 UT Martin
  • 25 Harvard
Dropped:
23 Tennessee State
Dropped:
23 Indiana State
25 Eastern Illinois

Coaches' Poll

Preseason
Aug 22[1]
Week 1
Sept 3
Week 2
Sept 10
Week 3
Sept 17
Week 4
Sept 24
Week 5
Oct 1
Week 6
Oct 8
Week 7
Oct 15
Week 8
Oct 22
Week 9
Oct 29
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
1.North Dakota State 19North Dakota State 23 (1–0)North Dakota State 24 (2–0)North Dakota State 25 (2–0)North Dakota State 25 (3–0)North Dakota State 26 (4−0)North Dakota State 26 (5−0)Eastern Washington 11 (5–1)Eastern Washington 22 (6–1)North Dakota State1.
2.Sam Houston State 6Sam Houston State 2 (0–0)Sam Houston State 2 (1–0)Montana State 1 (3–0)Montana State 1 (4–0)Montana State (5−0)Montana State (6−0)James Madison 7 (5–1)Georgia Southern 1 (6–1)Sam Houston State2.
3.Georgia Southern 1Georgia Southern (1–0)Montana State (2–0)Sam Houston State (1–1)Youngstown State (4–0)Youngstown State (4−0)Old Dominion (5−0)Georgia Southern 2 (5–1)North Dakota State 3 (6–1)Georgia Southern3.
4.Montana StateMontana State (1–0)Old Dominion (2–0)Youngstown State (3–0)Old Dominion (4–0)Old Dominion (5−0)Wofford (5−0)North Dakota State 4 (5–1)Montana State (6–1)Eastern Washington4.
5.Appalachian StateOld Dominion (1–0)James Madison (2–0)Old Dominion (3–0)Wofford (3–0)Wofford (4−0)James Madison (4−1)Montana State 1 (6–1)Sam Houston State (5–2)Montana State5.
6.Old DominionJames Madison (1–0)Northern Iowa (1–1)Wofford (3–0)James Madison (3–1)James Madison (3−1)Eastern Washington (4−1)Sam Houston State 1 (4–2)Lehigh (8–0)Old Dominion6.
7.Northern IowaNorthern Iowa (0–1)Appalachian State (1–1)James Madison (2–1)Eastern Washington (2–1)Eastern Washington (3−1)Georgia Southern (4−1)Lehigh (7–0)Old Dominion (6–1)Wofford7.
8.James MadisonAppalachian State (0–1)Youngstown State (2–0)Northern Iowa (1–2)Delaware (4–0)Georgia Southern (3−1)Sam Houston State (3−2)Old Dominion (5–1)Wofford (6–1)Appalchian State8.
9.TowsonMontana (1–0)Wofford (2–0)Eastern Washington (1–1)Georgia Southern (2–1)Sam Houston State (2−2)Youngstown State (4−1)Wofford (5–1)Stony Brook (7–1)Illinois State9.
10.MontanaYoungstown State (1–0)Georgia Southern (1–1)Georgia Southern (1–1)Sam Houston State (1–2)Lehigh (5−0)Lehigh (6−0)Stony Brook (6–1)James Madison (5–2)Central Arkansas10.
11.LehighEastern Washington (1–0)Eastern Washington (1–1)Montana (2–1)Lehigh (4–0)Illinois State (5−0)Stony Brook (5−1)Appalachian State (5–2)Cal Poly (7–0)Cal Poly11.
12.New HampshireNew Hampshire (1–0)Montana (1–1)Delaware (3–0)Illinois State (4–0)Towson (2−2)Appalachian State (4−2)Cal Poly (6–0)New Hampshire (6–2)Stony Brook12.
13.WoffordWofford (1–0)Lehigh (2–0)Lehigh (3–0)Towson (2–1)Stony Brook (4−1)New Hampshire (4−2)Illinois State (6–1)Northern Arizona (6–1)New Hampshire13.
14.DelawareLehigh (1–0)Delaware (2–0)The Citadel (3–0)Central Arkansas (3–1)Appalachian State (3−2)Cal Poly (5−0)New Hampshire (5–2)Central Arkansas (6–2)Lehigh14.
15.Eastern WashingtonDelaware (1–0)Towson (0–1)Illinois State (3–0)The Citadel (3–1)Delaware (4−1)McNeese State (4−1)Northern Arizona (5–1)Appalachian State (5–3)Towson15.
16.MaineTowson (0–1)Stony Brook (2–0)Towson (1–1)Appalachian State (2–2)Eastern Kentucky (4−1)Illinois State (5−1)Youngstown State (4–2)Delaware (5–2)Villanova16.
17.Stony BrookStony Brook (1–0)Illinois State (2–0)McNeese State (3–0)Northern Iowa (1–3)New Hampshire (3−2)Central Arkansas (4−2)Central Arkansas (5–2)Illinois State (6–2)South Dakota State17.
18.Youngstown StateMaine (0–0)New Hampshire (1–1)Appalachian State (1–2)Stony Brook (3–1)McNeese State (4−1)Northern Arizona (4−1)Tennessee State (7–0)Eastern Kentucky (6–2) тRichmond18.
19.Central ArkansasIllinois State (1–0)McNeese State (2–0)New Hampshire (2–1)Eastern Kentucky (3–1)Cal Poly (4−0)Towson (2−3)Towson (3–3)Indiana State (6–2) тEastern Kentucky19.
20.Illinois StateCentral Arkansas (0–1)Central Arkansas (1–1)Stony Brook (2–1)Montana (2–2)Central Arkansas (3−2)Tennessee State (6−0)Harvard (5–0)Albany (6–1)Northern Arizona20.
21.Eastern KentuckyMcNeese State 1 (1–0) тMaine (1–1)Central Arkansas (2–1)McNeese State (3–1)Northern Arizona (4−1)Harvard (4−0)McNeese State (4–2)Tennessee State (7–1) тJames Madison21.
22.HarvardStephen F. Austin (1–0) тNorfolk State (2–0)Maine (2–1)New Hampshire (2–2)The Citadel (3−2)Delaware (4−2)Delaware (4–2) тYoungstown State (4–3) тWagner22.
23.Norfolk StateHarvard (0–0)The Citadel (2–0)Eastern Kentucky (2–1)Cal Poly (3–0)Harvard (3−0)Eastern Kentucky (4−2)Albany (6–1) тVillanova (6–2)Bethune-Cookman23.
24.Stephen F. AustinNorfolk State (1–0)Harvard (0–0)Harvard (1–0)Harvard (2–0)Tennessee State (5−0)Albany (5−1)Eastern Kentucky (5–2)Harvard (5–1)Coastal Carolina24.
25.Indiana StateEastern Kentucky (0–1)Eastern Kentucky (1–1)Indiana State (2–1)Samford (4–0)Northern Iowa (1−4)Alabama A&M (6−0)Indiana State (5–2)Towson (3–4)Eastern Illinois25.
Preseason
Aug 22[1]
Week 1
Sept 3
Week 2
Sept 10
Week 3
Sept 17
Week 4
Sept 24
Week 5
Oct 1
Week 6
Oct 8
Week 7
Oct 15
Week 8
Oct 22
Week 9
Oct 29
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Dropped:
25 Indiana State
Dropped:
21 Stephen F. Austin
Dropped:
22 Norfolk State
Dropped:
  • 22 Maine
  • 25 Indiana State
Dropped:
  • 20 Montana
  • 25 Samford
Dropped:
  • 22 The Citadel
  • 25 Northern Iowa
Dropped:
25 Alabama A&M
Dropped:
21 McNeese State
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References

  1. ^ a b "2012 FCS Rankings". College Sporting News. August 24, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012.