Following its victory over Northern Arizona Saturday, the Western Illinois Leathernecks gained two spots and are ranked No. 20 in this week's STATS FCS Top 25 poll.
Head coach Charlie Fisher's Leathernecks won their nonconference road game 38-20 to improve to 2-0 on the season. WIU is idle this weekend before traveling to FBS member Coastal Carolina a Sept. 23 matchup.
Illinois State, which was off on its bye week, holds down the No. 18 slot in the poll. Head coach Brock Spack's Redbirds (1-0) play at Eastern Illinois (1-1) Saturday in the annual Mid-America Classic rivalry game.
ISU and WIU are among the seven Missouri Valley Football Conference teams ranked in the Top 25. The Ohio Valley Conference--which Eastern Illinois is a member of--has two teams ranked in the poll.