Elon University’s football team clocked in at No. 5 (5-2, 3-1) in the first and only top-10 ranking the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee will release until the final playoff bracket becomes available at the end of the season.

This is only the third time the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee has released the mid-season check-in to let the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams know how they are shaping up for the end of the regular season. The final bracket will be released on Nov. 18.

The defending national champions and currently undefeated North Dakota St. University (8-0) currently sits in the top spot, followed by the top Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) team in the poll James Madison University (6-2, 4-1) at No. 2. 

The 24-team field will consist of 10 automatic qualifiers, those who win their conference, and 14 at-large bids, given to teams who did not win their conference but were deemed postseason-worthy by the committee. 

Elon had this past week off, preparing for the final stretch of the season. Elon will play the University of Rhode Island (5-3, 3-2) at home this weekend for Homecoming, before welcoming in Towson University, who is No. 15 in the FCS Coaches Poll.