Despite a two-game winning streak to finish the regular season, the University of Central Arkansas Bears finished out of the top 30 in the final NCAA FCS poll of the season by The Sports Network poll.
The Bears (7-5), who were in the top 10 early in the season but missed the postseason for the first time in two years, finished 35th in the final voting by media and athletic officials with 44 points, just behind Wofford.
Three-time national champion North Dakota State (15-0) was a clear No. 1 choice, leading wire to wire, followed by Towson and Eastern Washington.
Among Southland Conference teams, Southeastern Louisiana was sixth, McNeese State 11th and Sam Houston State 14th.